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dateline: 10 February 2016

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US Senator Celebrates Start of a Political Revolution

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • political revolution: a new system of government
  • Democratic: representing the US Democratic Party (as opposed to the Republican Party)
  • primary: an early vote that helps decide a political party’s leader before a presidential election
  • corruption: dishonest behaviour
  • influence: to have an effect on

US Senator Celebrates Start of a Political Revolution

US Senator Bernie Sanders declared the beginning of a political revolution this week after winning an important preliminary election against Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. The 74-year-old senator, who says he wants to give the government back to the people, received over 80% of the young vote (ages 18-29) at the New Hampshire primary. his presidential , Sanders has been speaking out against corruption. Sanders says that the billionaire class, also known as the 1%, funds and influences political decisions. The senator hopes to win the election with small contributions from everyday Americans. He also wants to make public colleges and tuition free.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Bernie Sanders?
  2. Why does the report mention Hillary Clinton?
  3. What two words are used to describe the super-rich?

Discussion Questions: Young people often rebel against their parents but respect the opinions of their grandparents. Do you think this is why so many young Americans are rallying around a 74-year-old presidential candidate?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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