Behind the scenes

Introducing Jane Sanders, Bernie’s “most trusted advisor”

Jane Sanders alondside Bernie Sanders. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Jane Sanders has been married to her husband, Senator Bernie Sanders, for 27 years. Now that he is in the running to become the Democratic candidate for president, attention has turned to the 64-year-old, who campaign aides call the candidate’s “most trusted advisor,” according to to WMUR. “I think every wife, or every husband, is the most important adviser of their spouse so I enjoy it very much, he doesn’t always listen to me as you may know,” she said, adding, “I’m not a policy adviser. I just give him a lot of advice and he decides what to take and what not to.”

Brooklyn-born Jane is at his side on the road and in most senior staff meetings, as well as at home in Vermont, where they share an office at campaign headquarters. The couple met in 1981 on the night Sanders won his first term as mayor of Burlington and married seven years later. “I think if I wasn’t married to him I would be volunteering for him,” she said.

Against his opponent Hillary Clinton, Sanders won 8-3 among a panel of young registered Democrats responding to Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas. Jane Sanders told WMUR that she likes and has “always respected” Clinton, but noting “there is a difference in where [the two candidates] want to bring the country.”

Read the full interview at WMUR.

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