Bernie Sanders delivered one of his best national performances yet while answering voter questions at the CNN Democratic Town Hall.
Video of Sanders at CNN Town Hall:
The first question that Sanders took from voters was about his definition of democratic socialism. Sanders delivered his usual answer and tied it up with one sentence at the end which was that democratic socialism means an economy that works for all.
Sanders was asked how he would pay for his ideas and programs. He answered by talking about the upward redistribution of wealth and said that his campaign is about telling the people and corporation who aren’t paying their fair share to pay up. He discussed his tax on Wall Street speculation and said that after the American people bailed out Wall Street, it is time for Wall St. to pay the people back. Sanders was asked by Chris Cuomo if his plan to pay for his proposals was punitive. Sanders said what he is doing has to be put into context. He said he demands that Wall St. pay their fair share of taxes.
Sen. Sanders (I-VT) said that when we live in a nation of so much wealth and income inequality that is not what the American economy should be about. He promised to take on the greed of corporate America and Wall Street.
The next question what Sanders will do to cover the gridlock to implement his initiatives. Sanders said he is probably the most progressive member of the Senate, but he works with Republicans. He said that in his view the Congress is much more worried about protecting the interests of the wealthy and the powerful. He said if we are serious about rebuilding the middle class, the real way to do is to have millions of Americans stand up and say enough is enough.