Sanders’ Potential Executive Orders Would Be a Window Into His Presidency

Sanders’ Potential Executive Orders Would Be a Window Into His Presidency


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
Contributor on The Bipartisan Press

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The Washington Post Thursday revealed that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign has been preparing a list of executive orders which Sanders could unilaterally enact if elected president, in the areas of immigration, the environment and prescription drugs.

So far, the existence of the Sanders executive orders proposals lives only in an internal campaign document, according to the Post story.

That should change.

Sanders ought to release drafts of these planned executive orders to the public, with the proviso that they are not finalized.

Still, however, making them public would give voters an important window into what a Sanders presidency could well look like.

It would be easy enough to post those drafts on the Sanders for president website. Indeed, it would be also a great way to drive new traffic to the site and solicit additional financial contributions at a time when Sanders is rising in the polls.

Public opinion polling shows that Sanders is rising sharply in the early voting states, including Iowa, the site of caucuses next week.

“I love your ideas, Bernie,” a woman told him at a town hall event in Anamosa, Iowa, earlier in January. “But what are you going to do about the partisanship that prevents any good Democrat from getting anywhere in Congress right now?”

Sanders replied, “We’re going to run a different type of presidency.”

The executive orders probably are a big part of that different type of presidency, although the Vermont independent also is pushing several big initiatives, such as Medicare for all, for healthcare, and the Green New Deal, to address the climate change challenge, which certainly would require legislative action.

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