Bernie Sanders courts youth vote with new Simon & Garfunkel-based campaign spot

It's a moving ad -- for people of a certain age and musical inclination

By Scott Eric Kaufman
January 21, 2016 9:02PM (UTC)
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The Bernie Sanders campaign launched a spot today that featured no dialogue, no policy, just a series of images of Sanders with "ordinary" Americans set to the music of Simon & Garfunkel's "America" -- which was released on their fourth studio album, 1968's "Bookends."

While the song is a moving tribute to those who don't necessarily fit in with "contemporary" American society, the decision to deliberately date himself at a time when he should be trying to court the youth vote certainly seems a little odd -- especially in light of the support he is currently receiving.


Watch the entire campaign spot below via Bernie Sanders.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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