Watch: Bernie Sanders talks about the 2020 election’s most important policy issues

"Am I going to demand that the wealthy and large corporations start paying their fair share of taxes? Damn right I will."


Less than a week after announcing his official campaign for President for the 2020 election, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders attended a town hall event hosted by CNN to discuss the most important policy points for the upcoming presidential race.

You can watch the entire town hall event above or see what Bernie said in specific areas below:

On Big Pharma:

Sanders called the pharmaceutical industry “the most greeedy entity in this country today.” Senator Sanders briefly discussed his plan to reduce drug prices, including letting Medicare negotiate drug prices and allowing drugs to be imported from Canada and elsewhere.

“The only way you beat the drug companies is when millions of people stand up and say ‘I’m not going to allow you to kill my wife or my kids’,” Sanders said. “We’re not going to pay outrageous prices.”

On foreign military intervention:

Sanders called for “internationally supervised free elections” in Venezuela and urged their government to “put the needs of its people first, allow humanitarian aid into the country, and refrain from violence against protesters.” He also warned of “unintended consequences” of foreign intervention.”

Summing up his feelings on US military intervention in foreign countries, Sanders stated, “My view is that whether it is Saudi Arabia, which is a despotic regime, or whether it is Venezuela, I think we’ve got to do everything we can to create a democratic climate, but I do not believe in US military intervention in those countries.”

On racism and African American voters’ concerns:

Sanders promised to have a diverse cabinet should he become president: “I will work in hard as I can, No. 1 to have a cabinet that reflects what America is.” Sanders said his No 2 promise is to “end racism.”

On Medicare for All and health insurance:

Medicare for All will cover everyone’s health care needs, including vision, hearing aides, and dental care. Americans will be free to go to any doctor, dentist, or hospital that they choose. For further coverage that isn’t a health care necessity, Americans will be able to purchase extended coverage.

On Trump:

Sanders called Trump a “pathological liar” who “has to be exposed” and suggest that “we’ll bring a lie detector along” during any possible president debates with the President.

On Democratic Socialism:

“To me, when I talk about democratic socialism, what I talk about are human rights and economic rights,” says Sanders.

On wealth inequality:

When asked how he plans to pay for his proposed social programs, Sanders stated that he will demand that wealthy companies pay their “fair share” of taxes to fund these programs.

“Am I going to demand that the wealthy and large corporations start paying their fair share of taxes? Damn right I will.”

On student debt and tuition-free college:

Again Sanders called for taxes on the wealthy and Wall Street to pay for public colleges and tuition-free higher education.

On climate change:

Senator Sanders says that climate change is an “existential crisis” that will impact generations to come:


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