Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Stands for Democratic Socialism while he seeks to strengthen support for his 2020 presidential campaign and calls for a "political revolution" in the United States.
A few days after an address at George Washington University in which he presented his program, Sanders sent his message on equal income to Fox News Sunday.
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"If we want to bring real change to this country … we need a fundamental change – we need a political revolution," Sanders told host Chris Wallace.
Sanders pointed to the growth observed by the rich, as opposed to a decline for the less fortunate.
"Over the last thirty years, the top 1% has seen its wealth grow by $ 21 trillion, while the bottom half of America has seen a real decline in its wealth of about $ 800 trillion. dollars, "said Sanders.
During his speech at the GWU, in which he unveiled his democratic socialist platform, Sanders defended the idea of a "draft Charter of Economic Rights of the 21st Century." He stated that he was seeking to realize President Franklin Roosevelt's vision in 1944, a year before his death. The Sanders Bill of Rights includes the right to paid employment, secure retirement, health care, education, affordable housing and a clean environment.
The only way to achieve the goals of its democratic socialist program is that millions of people work together.
"I think, frankly, that I am the most powerful candidate to defeat Trump."
Wallace challenged Sanders by referring to critics based on the idea that if the senator defends democratic socialism as a means of creating social programs, it actually implies a "radical change" in the country's financial fundamentals.
Sanders admitted that it was "fundamentally true" because his plans involved dismantling powerful financial institutions, toughening the rules for pharmaceutical companies, and putting American health insurance on the line. single payer system.
"The time has come for us to say," You know what, we need an economy and a government that work for all of us, not just the 1%, and if people want to m & # To accuse me of believing in this, I will plead guilty. That's what I believe. "
Sanders' speech was based on the idea that as long as Americans struggle to afford health care, they can not afford to educate and have to work 60 hours per week. they are not "really free". He promised to disclose additional details about his proposals during his campaign.
Wallace asked Sanders if his program included support for government control of key institutions. He quoted a 1976 quote in which Sanders said: "I am in favor of public ownership of utilities, banks and big industries".
When asked if he still believed it, Sanders did not answer the question directly, but did not deny it.
"In the city where I am currently, our electricity department is owned by the public and it is doing a very good job," he said. "Do I believe that workers should have more voice and sit on the board of directors of large companies?" Yes, I think so. "Do I believe we should separate some of the big Wall Street banks? and support the credit unions and community banks Yes, I do. "
Sanders is one of the leaders in more than two dozen candidates competing for the Democratic Party nomination, although he is lagging behind Joe Biden. Despite this, he is confident in his ability to win a general election.
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"I honestly think I'm the most powerful candidate to defeat Trump," he said. "We can win in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, as well as in some other states of the battlefield, and it's a fight that I can not wait to see." His remarks come as a Fox News poll released Sunday shows Biden topping the list of Democratic candidates with 32% support among primary voters. Bernie Sanders trails at 13%, Elizabeth Warren at 9% and Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris at 8%.
Sanders is now preparing for the first Democratic primary debate, which will be split into two groups on June 26 and 27. He will face a group that includes current leader Joe Biden, Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., And Mayor of South Bend, Ind. Pete Buttigieg.