“We need policies that bring us together, that take on the greed of Wall Street, the greed of corporate America and create a middle class that works for all of us rather than an economy that works just for a few,” Bernie Sanders said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” The Democratic Party presidential candidate also was a guest on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
The senator was interviewed in Burlington, Vermont, where he and his wife, Jane, had spent the holidays with their children and grandchildren. Afterward he headed off for a week-long campaign swing to Nevada and Iowa.
During the interviews, Sanders discussed:
The Middle Class
“If we really want to address the issues that people are concerned about … we need policies that bring us together and create a middle class that works for all of us rather than an economy that works for just a few.”
“Look, many of Trump’s supporters are working-class people and they’re angry because they’re working longer hours for lower wages. They’re angry because their jobs have left this country and gone to China or other low-wage countries. And what I’m suggesting is that what Trump has done with some success has taken that anger, taken those fears, which are legitimate, and converted them into anger against Mexicans, anger against Muslims. And in my view, that is not the way we’re going to address the major problems facing our country.”
“The real issues are not Donald Trump’s vulgarity and he is vulgar. It is the fact that Donald Trump thinks we should not be raising the minimum wage, he believes that wages in America are too high. This guy wants to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the top three-tenths of 1 percent.”
“Frankly, I think for the American people there are far more important issues having to do with the disappearance of the American middle class and huge income and wealth inequality and climate change.”
“Saudi Arabia, Qatar are incredibly wealthy countries and they have got to start using some of their resources to help us destroy ISIS rather than, in the case of Saudi Arabia, fighting in Yemen [or] in the case of Qatar spending hundreds of billions of dollars in preparations for the World Cup in 2022.”
The Democratic National Committee
“We have had our differences of opinions with the DNC but at the end of the day the DNC, Hillary Clinton and myself — we want to defeat right-wing extremism in this country.”
“Do I have to wage horrible attacks against Hillary Clinton? I’m not going to do that. But what I will do is contrast our ideas and my record with Hillary Clinton. That’s what elections are about and that’s what people want to hear.”
To watch Bernie on Face the Nation, click here.
To watch Bernie on Meet the Press, click here.