US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders releases campaign poster in Urdu
U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senate Democratic senator, Bernie Sanders, received lots of social media attention from users around the world on Wednesday after sharing a campaign message in the Urdu language on his official Facebook page.
The message, intended to gain support from the U.S. Urdu-speaking community, conveys that the Sanders-championed Medicare for All program covers oral care, eye-related issues, as well as a host of other hearing-related issues.
The post earned a lot of reaction from users on the social networking site and was shared hundreds of times, and within hours of posting online, more than a thousand users liked. Over two hundred people commented on the post too.
In the past Sanders has made efforts to reach out to the US community in Pakistan. He issued a strongly-worded statement back in September condemning the actions of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir and demanding that Delhi lift the blockade imposed on the valley.
The speech landed him in the bad books of the Indian media, accusing Sanders of being inappropriately influenced by his campaign manager Faiz Shakir, a Democratic party political adviser who was born to Pakistani parents back in 1979 in the US.
Earlier this week, US election season kicked off with Iowa caucuses as Sanders clashed with another presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, for caucus lead. Buttigieg held a small lead over Sanders as initial results poured in.
The key figures released by the Iowa Democratic Party are percentages of the all-important delegates the state sends in the nomination process to the national convention to vote for.