In Honor Of His Birthday, Here's Some Real Talk From Bernie Sanders

Happy birthday, senator!

Between his large crowds at campaign events and surging poll numbers, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has so far been the biggest surprise in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. In the past few months, Sanders has gone from "virtually having no chance" to causing concern for frontrunner Hillary Clinton's campaign. 

A self-described democratic socialist who has a lot of ideas and a brash demeanor, Sanders can make some interesting statements. We've collected a few of his most intriguing and most provocative words on a wide range of issues, including marijuana and income inequality.

Here are some of the most notable things Sanders has said since announcing his White House run:

Bernie Sanders' Most Interesting Quotes

A version of this story was published in July 2015.