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8 Ways Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Are Surprisingly Similar

With the recent news that Democratic party leaders may have given Bernie Sanders the shaft during primary season (we're looking at you, Debbie Wasserman Schultz), some Dems are resolved to take a stronger stance against party nominee Hillary Clinton than ever before. But—surprise!—Sanders' and Clinton's policies are actually way more similar than some of their die-hard supporters might realize. 

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

Fun fact: Did you know that Clinton and Sanders actually voted the same way 93 percent of the time during their two years together in the Senate, according to The New York Times? (Not to mention the fact that they're both fully commited to keeping Donald Trump, in all his bronzer-happy glory, as far away from the White House as possible. Can’t forget that.)

But, all that aside, here are just a few more ways these beloved candidates aren’t so different after all...

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1. Both Support Overturning the Citizens United Ruling
This 2008 ruling basically allowed the conservative Citizens United PAC (and other super PACS like them on both sides) to spend unlimited amounts of money bashing on (or supporting) candidates. While campaign finance reform has been touted as a signature issue for Sanders’ campaign, it's not just Bernie’s thing! In fact, the whole situation is a personal issue for Clinton, according to the Associated Press. (The TL;DR is that the initial case arose when Citizens United wanted to air advertisements for an anti-Hillary film.) Both Hillz and Bernie support free speech, but not the idea that the super-rich should be able to unfairly influence elections. 

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

While campaigning in Iowa earlier this year, Clinton told a crowd about the lasting ripple effect of that case: "They [Citizen’s United] took aim at me, but they ended up damaging our entire democracy," she said. "We can't let them pull that same trick again..."

2. They Share a New York State of Mind
Whether we’re talking about (Illinois-native) Clinton cutting her teeth serving as the junior senator from New York or Sanders’ impossible-to-miss Brooklyn accent despite his years in Vermont, these two have undoubtedly made the Empire State proud over the years. While they may have roamed to bigger-if-not-better digs in D.C., we can still be assured that they both know how to eat pizza correctly (ahem, John Kasich) and, according to Esquire, can sorta almost take the subway.

3. Both Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Throughout the primary, both campaigns made it a priority to combat the vitriolic, anti-immigrant and anti-Latino rhetoric of the Trump campaign by offering up empathetic, compassionate alternatives that recognize the struggles of immigrants and undocumented immigrant families. While they took time during the debates to hold one another to task for past votes, per the Wall Street Journal, both share the belief that protecting immigrant children and focusing deportation efforts on individuals with criminal records are important ways to protect immigrant families.

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4. They Looove Ice Cream
Given Clinton’s much-covered campaign trail stop at Mikey Likes It, an East Village ice cream parlor, and gSanders’ bromance with Ben & Jerry’s (according to The Altantic, they sent treats to his campaign launch party and even named a flavor after him), we kinda love that both candidates have a sweet tooth. Who'd want to vote for an ice-cream hating monster?

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

5. They’re Both NARAL Darlings.
With matching perfect scores from NARAL Pro-Choice America, both Clinton and Sanders have cemented their status as fighters for reproductive freedom throughout their careers. While Clinton clinched the endorsement from Planned Parenthood earlier in the year for her more aggressive stance and record on these issues, both politicians are ultimately going to do everything they can to protect a woman’s right to control own her own body.

6. They Only Roll With the Best
Say what you want about either campaign, but Sanders and Clinton roll deep. When it comes to diving into any major issue, both Clinton's and Sanders' campaigns met with prominent activists in various spaces (whether about the environment, immigration, racial justice, criminal justice reform, college affordability, LGBT issues, etc.) to try and better understand the larger social, economic, and political contexts behind the issues and to better refine their platforms to reflect the current discourse.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

As prominent Black Lives Matter organizer and activist DeRay McKesson wrote on Medium in October, shortly after meeting with both Clinton and Sanders, both were receptive to the words and experiences of organizers: “Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton were willing to be pushed and have begun incorporating feedback from the meetings into their platforms: Senator Sanders incorporated civil asset forfeiture and Secretary Clinton has begun to discuss a new ‘New Deal.’”

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7. They’re Fighting for Multiple Generations
Both Clinton and Sanders are proud parents and grandparents. For two politicians who spent the last year trying to galvanize younger generations of voters, it’s reassuring that they have a real, vested interest in creating a more sustainable, equitable future in the U.S. It’s also no surprise that they’ve both taken up the fight to make wages fair, college affordable, and the modern American Dream significantly more accessible to everyone.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

8. They Want the Same Person to Be President in November
Following Sanders' classy move on Tuesday evening to formally suspend the rules of roll-call so Clinton could be named the Democratic nominee, there’s no question that Sanders is #withher for the long haul.

As he reassured his followers, he has a clear understanding of the steps needed to lead the U.S. in a more progressive direction by keeping the Democratic Party united and committing to seeing Clinton take the White House come November.

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