How Bernie Sanders Answers A Question

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The Algerian

I mean, free healthcare sounds nice and everything, but 4 years of Larry David playing the president on SNL is where it's at.

1 month ago | [YT] | 8,529

mitch cannon

Bernie sounds like a rapper with a beat behind him.

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 1,386

Halibut Ceviché

I bet you were excited in college when the professor assigned an essay.

4 weeks ago | [YT] | 319

The V

Joe Biden:
"*says something awkward af* no i really mean itttt"

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 709

Dr. Sami

Under Bernie's legislation:
Doctor: " Mr. Walter White, you've got cancer and the state will cover your treatment"
Walter: "Ok, I'll continue my teaching career then"
BB ends at episode 1

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 391

claire b

i wonder if they're consciously aware of the mechanisms of speaking that they use, or if they've just evolved organically throughout their careers ??

1 month ago | [YT] | 4,493

Lil Masta

I literally just got an ad for Bernie before this

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 167

Christian Hawkins

How Biden answers a question:
"well you know..." mutters "the um, the uh, you know the thing. Anyways, corn pop was a bad dude!"


Anyway, a significant thing that should be mentioned is why the speak the way they do. They're not appealing to the traditional centrist independents. They're appealing to independents that are fed up with the system. In other words they're both populists rather than technocrats which strongly influences their speaking choices. They both understand the change in political landscape the usa has undergone post-bush/clinton/obama.

3 weeks ago (edited) | [YT] | 396

Dux Nihilo

Now do how Pete Buttigieg answers a question: "The form of our freedom is the substance from which liberty bestows faith that our people will unite in the future we will triumph against democracy freedom unite around issue freedom!"

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 628

John Smith

6:10 Sanders is asked THE question: "Is there an increase blah blah ...?" His first move, what I call a mutterance, (missed by Nerdwriter) is: "Good." He FIRST affirms Colbert thus displaying a complete lack of fear of the question. An audience reads your fear or courage. What you do FIRST is what matter most. If you flinch, you suck, if you lock eyes and grin, you win. Sanders AFFIRMS the question with "good," thus completely DISARMING Colbert. Everything else is filler as long as he does not stumble. Nerdwriter does well with the follow through, but it is the setup that opens the listener to accepting it.

4 weeks ago | [YT] | 1,260

Eldar Bristina

How Biden answers a question:
"You should probably vote for somebody else"

1 month ago | [YT] | 2,751

Manoj Sandoori

Nice analysis Nerd Writer.
Bernie (vs) Trump in the Presidential debates will be very high profile clash - it would be like a world cup final in fifa, football/soccer.

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 316

C G

I am amazed by how many comments claim Bernie didnt answer the question. He clearly did answer. Did you not listen or not understand?

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 217

Gary Henzler

The media is largely to blame for how politics as a whole has evolved into this. The insinuation that a middle class is the most influential group in America to begin with is a complete farce.

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 192

Jason Wood

When you downvote a video based on subject, rather than execution, because you're just kinda dumb.

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 53

R. P.

How Bloomberg answers a question:

So how much money do I have to throw at you too get to support me?

1 month ago (edited) | [YT] | 2,662

AlexxxNZ

Take a listen to NZ’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden. Listening to her is like listening to a pro wrestler doing promo. It’s amazing.

4 weeks ago | [YT] | 93

AbsolX Guardian

I wonder how much of Bernie's rhetorical style comes from the fact he's a New York Jew. Because he does very much does still have their accent.The vaguely yelling thing he's always doing? That's just how Jews speak when they're impassioned about something. He sounds very similar to my primary care doctor, another old New York Jew. The fact is that if you grow up Jewish, you naturally end up learning a certain amount of rhetoric. Arguing and questioning is kind of our thing. I've talked with my friends about how Bernie's Jewish-ness influences his politics (something I'll expand on if there's interest), but since I come from a west coast reform synagogue, I'm not really qualified to talk specifically about the New York Jew cultural aspect of it.
Two things you didn't mention that I've noticed myself, is that at first it looks like that Bernie is doing the typical "politician dance around the question thing", but he's doing it in an ethical way. He jumps away from the question and illustrates context, keeping so he doesn't create exploitable soundbites (such as "yes, but"), and does eventually come back to the question, saying 'the common people will save money and taxes will only increase on the wealthy'. Also the hands. I think they're as important to creating his rhythm as his word choice. He also uses them to visually demonstrate his point, swiping to one side whenever he says "gone" in your example. and miming "signing up" at the end.

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 92

Matt Ragan

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3 weeks ago | [YT] | 52

Cesar Minchaca

Media asks bernie if taxes get raised for medicare for all- bernies answer: yes taxes slightly get raised... BUT YOU ELIMINATE MONTHLY CO PAYMENTS, PREMIUMS, DEDUCTIBLES, and eliminate out of pocket expenses. You also save buisnesses money and its far cheaper than the current system we have and every other developed country already has it. So while taxes slightly go up you save more money from eliminating the things i just said than what you pay in taxes. What the media hears: Yes.

3 weeks ago (edited) | [YT] | 232