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Sanders considers run for White House
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., drew a large crowd to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College on Saturday.
During the event, Sanders said the middle class is disappearing, poverty is up and had strong words about health care in the United States.
“There is something profoundly wrong when, in this great nation, we are the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care coverage as a right of citizenship,” he said.
Sanders said he is considering a bid for president in 2016. He said he hasn’t decided if he would run as an independent or a Democrat. He said he doesn’t shy away from a platform built on a socialist agenda.
“To create a society in which all people have a fair shot rather than just a nation that is dominated by big money interests is something that I will fight for,” he said.
Sanders said his decision on a run for the White House will not be affected by Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy decision.
Miriam Carey killed after car chase in Washington, D.C.
The attorney for the family of a Connecticut woman killed by police on Capitol Hill six months ago says her autopsy found she was shot multiple times from behind, including a shot to the back of the head.
Attorney Eric Sanders said on his law firm’s website that the autopsy found Miriam Carey was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Carey was shot to death after a car chase that went from the White House to near the U.S. Capitol in October of last year. The report from Sanders said the “Carey family is understandably upset.”
Calls to Sanders’ office and to U.S. Capitol Police were not immediately returned late Monday.
Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist, tried to ram her car through a White House barrier on Oct. 3 before leading police on a chase that ended with her being killed. Her 1-year-old daughter was in the car but escaped serious injury.
Carey’s relatives have challenged law enforcement accounts that she was delusional and raised questions over whether police used an appropriate level of force. Sanders has said he believes officers who shot Carey mishandled the encounter and should be prosecuted.
Carey, who had been diagnosed with postpartum depression and psychosis, told officers who responded to her Stamford, Conn., apartment prior to the Washington incident that President Barack Obama communicated with her and had set up cameras to record her life for national news outlets, police said.
In an interview Monday with the National Journal, Sanders portrayed the autopsy findings as bolstering his theory that Carey’s shooting was not justified.