The Middle Class

“I Think We’re Going to Win”: Bernie on ABC’s “This Week”

This Sunday (June 28) Bernie appeared on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, who opened the segment with clips of large Sanders rallies. “Look at the crowds coming out for our next guest,” said Stephanopoulos. “And that’s not all: so many headlines…”

Bernie was asked whether he still believed he will win the New Hampshire primary. “We are going to win New Hampshire,” he said, “we’re going to win Iowa, and I think we’re going to win the Democratic nomination.” He added:

“And I think we’re going to win the Presidency, and I’ll tell you why: The American people are sick and tired of seeing the disappearance of the great middle class … they’re sick and tired of working longer hours for lower wages, while at the same time 99 percent of all new income generated is going to the top one percent.”

Stephanopoulos didn’t shy away from tough questions. Bernie laughed off a recent attack ad on guns, funded by another candidate’s Super-PAC, noting that the NRA and other gun lobbyists have almost invariably backed his opponents. He noted that his lifetime NRA rating is somewhere between a “D” and an “F,” and noted that he voted for banning assault weapons, doing away with the gun show loophole, and requiring instant background checks.

Bernie recounted his long history of involvement in civil rights, praised the Supreme Court for upholding the Affordable Care Act and legalizing gay marriage, and reiterated his support for a rational single-payer healthcare system. “We need to join the rest of the industrialized world in making health care a right,” he said.

Stephanopoulos asked what Bernie would say to people who are concerned about his age. “Why don’t you follow me around in New Hampshire this weekend,” he said, “where we’re doing seven separate events?” He added that he was a former long-distance runner and is in the best of health.

The entire clip is here.