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The 2020 Candidates: Sen. Bernie Sanders
To his supporters, he is the true progressive lion among the Democratic presidential candidates, championing the cause of the little guy while going after the perceived excesses of Wall Street. To his liberal critics, he’s not a team player and may have cost Hillary Clinton the 2016 election. Conservatives argue that his ideas like Medicare-for-all and completely forgiving all college debt would bust the budget. But most acknowledge his voice was a key influence in moving the Democratic party in a more progressive direction. Now, with one of the most intense competitions inside the Democratic field gearing up between Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Sanders, who will emerge as the true champion of the liberal cause?
On July 16, The Washington Post Live hosted Vermont Senator and two-time presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The Senator laid out his vision for America, what he learned from his 2016 run, and why he believes he is the most qualified person to take on -- and defeat -- President Donald Trump.
The Washington Post Live's one-on-one interview series The 2020 Candidates features the candidates making their case on key issues and sharing how they hope to set themselves apart from a crowded field in conversation with Washington Post National Political Reporter Robert Costa.
Highlights
As the House of Representatives prepares to vote on a resolution condemning President Trump’s racist tweets about four minority lawmakers, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders called Trump’s remarks ‘outrageous’ and said condemnation is not enough. ‘What is enough is to make sure this President is not re-elected, and that we move this country into a different direction.’
  • Jul 16
After some Republican officials offered subtle rebukes to President Trump’s racists remarks toward four minority lawmakers, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said he believes fear is keeping the Republican Party from standing up to Trump. “If there’s anything sadder than having a racist, bigoted President, it’s seeing the collapse of the Republican Party.”
  • Jul 16
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders says there is a massive amount of racial disparity in America, from income inequality to healthcare gaps. “When I talked about creating an America that works for all people, it means doing away with the systematic, systemic racism that exists from coast to coast.” Sanders also said, “Trump thrives on fear, and fear very often is based on just not knowing people who are a little bit different than we are…the way we beat fear and xenophobia is by understanding, at the end of the day, that people no matter what the color of their skin is, no matter what their religion is, end up having the same dreams and the same aspirations.”
  • Jul 16
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders says the FTC fine on Facebook was not enough, adding that in a Sanders administration, he would seek to break up big corporations like Google, Amazon and Facebook.
  • Jul 16
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to replace America’s current healthcare system with Medicare-for-all, and for the first time gave a price tad of $30 to $40 trillion for the system over a 10-year period. ‘I don’t think there’s a study out there that does not suggest that Medicare-for-all is far less expensive than continuation of the current system.’
  • Jul 16
Saying a potential war with Iran would be and “an even worse disaster than the war in Iraq”, Sen. Sanders said “To avoid war in Iran, what I think presidential leadership is about is demanding that Saudi Arabia sit down with Iran and other key players in the region around the conference table and that the president of the United States says, ‘Hey Saudi Arabia, you are a murdering dictatorship’ – probably don’t phrase it right in [those] terms – but, they are … they kill dissidents, they are bad news guys … What we cannot continue to do is spend trillions on the war on terror.” When asked if he would engage directly with Iran, Sanders said, “sure I would.”
  • Jul 16
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said he thinks voters should look at the totality of the candidate, including their record and vision for America, not their age. ‘I have good endurance, but I’m not going to run the mile against Donald Trump.’
  • Jul 16
Full Program
On July 16, The Washington Post Live hosted Vermont Senator and two-time presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The Senator laid out his vision for America, what he learned from his 2016 run, and why he believes he is the most qualified person to take on -- and defeat -- President Donald Trump.
  • Jul 16
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
Democratic Presidential Candidate
Bernie Sanders is serving his third term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2018. His previous 16 years in the House of Representatives make him the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Sanders in 2014 passed legislation reforming the VA health care system. Congressional Quarterly said he was able “to bridge Washington’s toxic partisan divide and cut one of the most significant deals in years.” Today, Sanders remains on the veterans committee and was tapped by Senate leadership to be the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. He also serves on the Environment and Public Works Committee, where he has focused on global warming and rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
Interviewed by Robert Costa
The Washington Post
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