Senator Bernie Sanders, declared candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States, talked with Rachel Maddow about his campaign.
Bernie Sanders’ Grass Roots Support
Maddow asked, “You have 100,000 people who have pledged to volunteer on the campaign already?”
Sanders answered, “No, actually, we have 175,000.”
The Bernie Sanders campaign has a startling amount of support at a grassroots level….$2,000,000 raised in the first 48 hours of his campaign — and 175000 volunteers.
Bernie Sanders seemed to understand the reason why….
“I think we have a message that is resonating all across this country. And that is the level of income and wealth inequality in this country is grotesque. 99% of all new income goes to the top 1%. The top .01% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%.”
Differences from Hillary Clinton
Bernie took the opportunity to highlight some huge issues on which he would like to know Hillary Clinton’s stance.
- Breaking up the 6 major banks that are “too big to fail”
Bernie says: “If a bank is too big to fail, it’s too big to exist.” Bernie is introducing legislation this week to “break up these large financial institutions”.
- The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Bernie says: These trade agreements like the TPP “have resulted in the loss of millions of good paying jobs here as corporations have gone to China and other low wage countries.”
- USA Patriot’s Act Reauthorization
Bernie says: “Obviously, we have to be strong in protecting our people from terrorism, but I don’t think we have to undermine the Constitution and deny our people basic Constitutional rights.”