Bernie Sanders not only strongly condemned Mitt Romney, but also said that the GOP frontrunner’s attitude and positions represent a death sentence for the poor.
Here is the video courtesy of MSNBC’s The Ed Show:
Transcript from MSNBC:
SCHULTZ: Let’s turn to Independent Vermont Senator Sanders, one of the co-sponsors of the bill. Senator, before we get to this, I do want to ask you, your reaction to Mitt Romney “I’m not concerned about poor people because we have a social safety net for them, if it needs fixing, I’ll fix it” what is your response?
SANDERS: A horrendous, ugly statement especially coming from somebody worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Ed, the reality is that poverty today is at an all-time high. We did a hearing on this in my subcommittee. If you are in the lowest 20% of the American people, you will die six-and-a-half years younger than if you’re in the top 20%. Poverty in many ways is a death sentence. Romney and his friends want to cut Medicaid, throw children off health insurance, they want to cut Medicare, they want to cut Social Security, and they are going to war against the poorest people in this country. I think that is an immoral just — an immoral position to take.
Sen. Sanders was absolutely correct to point out that Mitt Romney’s blasé attitude about poverty is akin to a shortened lifespan for millions of Americans. The problem with Romney’s comments wasn’t just political. It was moral. At a time when millions of Americans are struggling to get by, Mitt Romney chose to pretend like poverty doesn’t exist.
Bernie Sanders also laid out some hidden truths that the Republican Party and Mitt Romney don’t want to talk about. Romney doesn’t want the American people to know that he is in favor of killing Medicare and Medicaid, and he definitely doesn’t want voters to know that he supports privatizing Social Security. The great irony is that Romney talked about the existence of a safety net for the poor, while he is campaigning on cutting that safety net down to nothing.
One should be very weary of Romney’s promise to fix the safety net, because by fix he doesn’t mean repair it. Mitt Romney’s “fix” is privatization. The policies that Mitt Romney supports would shorten the lifespans of poor Americans, while at the same time he is planning to hand out trillions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans.
Conservatives may scream that Bernie Sanders was trying to scare seniors, but the truth IS scary.
Sen. Sanders was simply stating the facts about what Mitt Romney plans to do if he gets elected. What Sanders told Ed Schulz wasn’t a scare tactic. It was reality.