Sunday, October 20, 2013

Bernie Sanders Draws Lessons From Government Shutdown

Speaking to MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) asserted that the American people found it unacceptable for the Republicans to shut down the government in order to get their way. Now, Sanders continued, the people must rally against balancing the budget on the backs of the vulnerable. Instead, it's time for the wealthy and corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. Watch:

SANDERS: I think one of the reasons that the Democrats won the struggle right now, the political struggle, is not only the strength of Majority Leader Harry Reid and the President beginning to really stand up forcefully, but because the American people were involved in this issue. The American people were saying “You don’t sabotage the United States government and shut it down in order to get your way.” I think we can rally the American people so that they’re saying, 'No, we’re not going to balance the budget on people who are already hurting. We are going to ask upper income people and corporations to start paying their first share of taxes.' Do I think we can do that? I do, if we do our job well.

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