Bernie Sanders Takes Down Every Single GOP Presidential Candidate

In a masterful take down, Sen. Bernie Sanders took apart the 2012 GOP presidential field and called them the fringe of American society.

On HBO’s Real Time, host Bill Maher asked about a question about the Republican primary and Sen. Sanders went off,

One of the problems that I see in the Republican primaries is that these guys are so out of touch with the reality that the American people are going through that it is really quite amazing. We are seeing a middle class collapsing. We are seeing poverty increasing. We’re seeing a nation in which the rich are getting richer and we have the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country.

Do they have one word to say about this issue?

We have 50 million people without any health insurance. We are the only country, major country on earth that does not guarantee healthcare to every man, woman, and child as a right. Do you know what their solution is? Cut Medicare cut Medicaid. You got Social Security, the most successful government program in the history of our country. A program which has not resulted in one penny of deficit for this country, and you know what they want to do? They want to cut Medicaid. They want to cut Social Security. They want to privatize these important programs.

These guys are way, way out of touch from where the American people are, and I think when you look at them issue by issue, tax breaks for the rich, cut Social Security, more money on defense spending, they are literally a fringe element in American society.

Last but not least, you’ve got virtually every scientist in this world who studies the issue who tells us global warming is a huge, huge problem. We’ve got to move in a very aggressive way to break our dependence on fossil fuel, move to sustainable energy, energy efficiency. These guys don’t even acknowledge the reality of global warming.

Bernie Sanders delivered Barack Obama’s reelection campaign stump speech for him. Sen. Sanders was correct. These Republican candidates aren’t just conservative. They are the far right fringe. As Mitt Romney has discovered, a moderate can’t win the 2012 Republican nomination. It doesn’t matter if the Republican establishment understands that they have to move to the middle. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul represent the fringe.

The list of positions that Sen. Sanders listed are the dreams of the fringe. The far right has been dreaming about ending Social Security since the day it was signed into law. The same is true on Medicare. All the American people need to know about the Republican candidates for president is that in none of the 15 or so debates that they have held have any of them seriously discussed a plan for job creation.

The poor are never discussed. The Americans without health insurance don’t merit a mention, except to be told that they are on their own. Sen. Sanders was right. These candidates don’t just represent the fringe of American politics. They are the fringe of American society, and the path to victory for Democrats and progressives is by making sure that they spread the message of Bernie Sanders to every American voter to make them understand just how extreme these Republican candidates are.

47 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Takes Down Every Single GOP Presidential Candidate”

  1. To turn a phrase from pop culture, he might as well have said “That ain’t right!” He couldn’t have said it any better. Kudos, Mr. Sanders!

  2. All that the GOP base cares about is keeping minorities down, forcing one belief system on those that may not share it, and letting the robber-barons continue to steal their pensions.

  3. The primary reason the clowns running to be the head republican clown don’t discuss real issues is that the hacks, lapdog nd knn-benders in what passes for media don’t ask the questions.

    This is why I believe that these debates are scripted with the clown candidates deciding before hand what questions will be asked.

    I want to see a debate moderated by Lawrence O’Donnell, Rachel Maddow, Ed Schulltz and Al Sharpton.

  4. The GOP has poisoned itself with their own hatred. They’ve lost all relevance, and all contact with the people they claim to represent. They have no message, no meaning, no coherence, and no candidate. Very sad.

  5. The sad thing is that no matter which one of these clowns is ultimately the Repub candidate, there are millions of apparently stupid and/or hate filled Americans out there who will vote for him.

  6. These guys are insane. In one sentence their romanticizing the market and talking about how great deregulation would be. In the next sentence their attacking Romney for doing what the market does! They demand a political outsider…so they go for Newt?!?!?

  7. Bernie’s intelligent, perceptive, analytical, principled, and cares very deeply for his constituency and by extension, the overwhelming majority of the country. That puts HIM on the fringe, doesn’t it?

  8. The very traits Mr. Sanders correctly dentifies are why the GOP has nothing but hatred forthe President. What he is trying to do is not socialism; it is being a caring human being. He cares more for this country than anyone on the GOP side ever has or will. All they see are dollar signs: for tehmselves, their progeny, and their Koch buddies. If you are not wealthy, ti is your own damn fault, because, hey, they are wealthy, and did n o work for ti, so you can be too! And if not, well, you are beneath contempt and don’t deserve that union job that is sucking jobs away from 9 year olds! Next thing Newt will be calling for the return of poor houses and orphanages, and Florida will probably cheer for that too.

  9. You know if he was running odds are I would vote for him.

    In the words of H.G. Wells – “You see.” I said, “I’m a socialist. I don’t think this world was made for a small minority to dance on the faces of everyone else….”

    While I agree with these words, I do not believe I am a socialist, but I do believe the biggest threat this nation faces is the GOP having a majority in Congress…..

  10. I joined Fox News today… I’ve been trying to figure out the Republican position, Bernie is right. Republicans are fringe and Fox News is the reason.

    I have come to the conclusion that Fox News is actually a religion.

    There is a creed, and prophets. But more importantly I think, there is a congregation…

    “Now, I’m going to go join and make fun of you where my comments won’t be collapsed.”

    Really think about what this quote means…

    No seriously, look at it again…

    “Now, I’m going to go join and make fun of you where my comments won’t be collapsed.”

    Hmm, this person is going to go join an organization that thinks as he/she does, where they can speak their one opinion freely.

    A religion.

    I went to Fox News looking for the alternate reasoned position. What I found was a monolithic opinion generator, very intelligent, very well thought out. But ultimately bankrupt, because it only has the one voice.

    I think the entire story is told in the comment section. There are literally pages of comments agreeing with each other, just in ever more subtle detail. Like theology.

    So, it was rather like going to a resturant and taking a big ol bite of shitburger.

    This does answer a couple of questions though.

    Why are the Republican Presidential candidates so bizarre. Because these are the folks best at manipulating the monolithic message. Sarah Palin doesn’t have to be smart, she just has to know how to pull the right heart strings – and she does. Fox faithful look at Newt like he’s the prodigal son, literally.

    To them it is important that he’s asked forgiveness for his behavior. According to the cant this means he will do better if we give him another chance. See what I mean?

    Newt’s whole campaign is about personal redemption. He’s pulling that cord. They all know that he’s a Republican that means the Fox creed. So they don’t need to vet his ideas. They need to vet his character.

    They have and decided he’d be a good president. Ponder that.

    Second question

    Why is the Republican position so shallow on actual issues.

    Answer: The only focus is getting rid of President Obama. We will chose the candidate that does the best job of gathering our base, whether or not that person has depth or character or altruism or not.

    Well, if Fox News is promoting a monolithic republican position, and they are. How deep could the faithful’s understanding of the issues be? They are only considering problems from one side, Fox’s.

    I’m telling you folks, what Fox News does is a literal crime. Fox makes our fellow citizens uninformed.

    In a Democracy, there is only one reason to do that: Pursuit of tyranny.

  11. I love Bernie Sanders. And once again he is right on.

    Unfortunately, the Democrats are not Bernie Sanders. Everything he said is true, and needs to be pointed out by Democrats, the press, and all people of conscience. But no Democratic candidate for any office will say any of that. They are either too afraid of looking ‘mean,’ afraid to be lambasted by the right, worried about being accused of ‘class warfare,’ or (in most cases) just far too wimpy to tell the American people the truth.

    And unfortunately, that is why the United States is in the mess it is, and why it will get worse. No one with any power will speak the truth.

  12. Of course Bernie is right, correct, accurate and truthful; and of course, his words will fall flat on those who control minds/own propaganda machine because…wait for it…Zanders is a Zoe-shul-ist!
    Presto-Chango-Poof!!! His own words made him “disappear”…(I could have sworn I hear Jolly Rogers Ailes scream “Swine! Ve vill get zat zoeshulist Zanders vhen de time cums!)

    I think that myself and Walkaway should start a “forum” on-line for (r)epublicans, RINO’s who have been turned off, have a “consciousness”, are perhaps gay or a minority, are middle-of-the-road, who really, really despise the radical element who has taken over their party (good luck, funny, funny, funny, you say!)

    Give the RINO’s a place to speak in anonymity about this issue and see if they can get enough courage, get over the fact that the fringe are more afraid of the moderate element than they think, and, find a spokesperson to get in front of a camera and say enough is enough!
    The moderates/middle of the road/RINO are afraid, really afraid of what will happen to them, their business, their kids, ect. if they go against these fascist mafia-types, uber-apocalypics running the show.

    I honestly believe the reason they aren’t out there talking against these acts, like they did a few years ago (remember interviews with former R’s/governors/Bush officials who were tossed aside, Deans’ book, others?) they are afraid of the “C-Street Cult”. They are afraid that the radicals will point and them and scream like the pod people when they see someone speaking up…their silence is deafening like a child cowering in a corner who’s been beaten too many times.

    Call me crazy, but, just like the priest who remained silent all those years when children were being molested,(false equivalency? Perhaps, but you get my drift)the RINO’s need to speak up and out against what has happened to them and others like them for not joining the clown car.

  13. And more of the “Dems versus Repubs” garbage. Senator Sanders is about as credible as Mitt Romney, and that says it all. With the exception of Ron Paul (who Mr. Sanders fails to acknowledge as the only person on either side willing to cut military spending), all Repub nominees and Obama/Dems are two sides of the same coin: continued hacking away at personal liberties, growing reliance on the government for everything, and continued empire-building.

    Maybe Mr. Sanders should question his own president as well as the Repub nominees before he goes off and spouts the typical view of one side of the political spectrum. Them, many of the independents like myself who are truly worried about the country, might give his words more credence.

  14. Ah yes I get it! In order to be credible one must mention Dr Paul.

    You do know that Bernie is neither Dem or republican don’t you? No?

    Why don’t you look up Dr Paul and find out why he wants to repeal the 14th amendment? You know, the one that gives you the right to a trial and the right of your kids to be citizens at birth. If you really investigated Paul you would find his words of freedom and liberty run hollow

  15. Greed Over People Equals the GOP

    Well, we’ve seen the candidates and we’ve heard their self promoting speeches and thankfully, we’ve watched many drop by the wayside. Now the field of stellar, high moral, right thinking, and neoconservative contenders has been narrowed to four real honest to goodness Americans.

    Gone from the race for president, but not forgotten are characters like the following:

    Herman Cain. “Michele Bachmann… I’m not going to say it. I’m not going to say it…. Tutti-frutti. I know I’m going to get in trouble!” “The more toppings a man has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is…. Because the more manly man is not afraid of abundance…. A manly man don’t want it piled high with vegetables! He would call that a sissy pizza.” “I’m ready for the ‘gotcha’ questions and they’re already starting to come. And when they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say, you know, I don’t know. Do you know? And then I’m going to say, ‘How’s that going to create one job?”

    Rick Perry: “Is it the Mitt Romney that was on the side of — against the Second Amendment before he was for the Second Amendment? Was it — was before — he was before the social programs from the standpoint of — he was for standing up for Roe v. Wade before he was against first — Roe v. Wade?” “I don’t think the federal government has a role in your children’s education.” “I will tell you: It’s three agencies of government, when I get there, that are gone: Commerce, Education and the — what’s the third one there? Let’s see. … OK. So Commerce, Education and the — … The third agency of government I would — I would do away with the Education, the … Commerce and — let’s see — I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”

    Michele Bachmann: “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.” “Why should I go and do something like that? But the Lord says, ‘Be submissive wives; you are to be submissive to your husbands.” “I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?” “Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.”

    Okay, exhale everyone because at least those named above are off the ballot, but when you look at what we’re left with it becomes even scarier and creepier than one can even imagine.

    Ron Paul: “Believe me, the next step is a currency crisis because there will be a rejection of the dollar, the rejection of the dollar is a big, big event, and then your personal liberties are going to be severely threatened.” “Capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven’t had capitalism.” “Of course I’ve already taken a very modest position on the monetary system, I do take the position that we should just end the Fed.” “Our country’s founders cherished liberty, not democracy.” “ You wanna get rid of drug crime in this country? Fine, let’s just get rid of all the drug laws.” Wow, we could actually have legalized drugs and no government to enforce any laws. How cool is that man?

    Rick Santorum: “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.” “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.” “Isn’t that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?” “My feeling is, well, if it’s my money, I have a right to judge.” Okay, to recap, if you’re gay, too bad and if you want or need an abortion, too bad and finally, if you’re poor too bad because if Ricky has the money then he has the right to judge. Holy moral fiber Wonder Woman there goes your rights down the drain.

    Newt Gingrich: “I’m not a natural leader. I’m too intellectual; I’m too abstract; I think too much.” “If the Soviet empire still existed, I’d be terrified. The fact is, we can afford a fairly ignorant presidency now.” “The problem isn’t too little money in political campaigns, but not enough.” “I have enormous personal ambition. I want to shift the entire planet. And I’m doing it. I am now a famous person. I represent real power.” “Gingrich – Primary mission, Advocate of civilization, Definer of civilization, Teacher of the rules of civilization, Leader of the civilizing forces.” “We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.” “It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods, entrapping children in child laws which are truly stupid…These schools should get rid of unionized janitors, have one master janitor, pay local students to take care of the school.” Newt has said he would appoint Sarah Palin (Yup, you heard it right) to a high level cabinet post if he was elected president. Maybe it should be Ambassador to Russia so her commute will be close to her back porch. Newt also has said any government employee that doesn’t agree with his line of thinking should be fired. Oh, oh, I guess those married and believing in fidelity better start looking for other work.

    Mitt Romney: “I’m not a big-game hunter. I’ve made that very clear. I’ve always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will.” “We should double Guantanamo!” “I’m happy to learn that after I speak you’re going to hear from Ann Coulter. That’s a good thing. I think it’s important to get the views of moderates.” “Corporations are people, my friend… of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People’s pockets. Human beings, my friend.” “I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.” Mitt, Mitt, Mitt me thinks you are so out of touch with the people you theoretically want to rule in your Kingdom you just don’t get it. Do you really, honestly, sincerely, believe the President of the United States of America should have his wealth hidden in off shore accounts? How patriotic is it when your own money is kept out of the country you supposedly love?

    So, without mincing words and for the most part simply quoting the candidates at large, I present the roster of 2012 GOP presidential wannabes. Good luck America!

    Written By: Dennis L. Page

  16. With respect, to be credible, one doesn’t need to label himself as a democratic socialist–the antithesis to the American dream. (Mr. Sanders own words.)

    That said, all I ever said was Mr. Sanders needs to call out both sides; he’s being partisan. How does that help you or I in making decisions for whom to vote for in an election?

    Oh, and I have looked at Dr. Paul’s record. His is far and away more consistent (and closer to the country’s founding documents) than any politician today. (Obama, Romney, Gingrich, Pelosi, et. all)

    This country is in a tailspin, and until the partisan venom stops, it will never get better. That’s been my point, and Mr. Sanders only proved it with a one-sided attack, when both sides are equally at fault.

    I won’t stay and get into a war or words. It does neither of us any good and I do not wish to be construed as a troll. I only wanted to offer my view, much like anyone.

    Have a wonderful day.

  17. All of these GOP candidates reside in Bizarroland, where they belong with their equally lunatic-fringe supporters. It’s a sad commentary that a major political party has degenerated into one that embraces ignorance, xenophobia, belligerent militarism, racial/religious bigotries, and misogyny. Sen. Sanders has these clowns dead to rights in his description of them, and none of them are any better than his rivals. It’s equally disgusting that there are so many Americans whose own prejudices are stronger than their perceptions of reality that they would willingly vote for people who don’t care any more about them than they do about the “others” these folks think are taking things from them that they consider their birthright. It’s important to not only re-elect President Obama, but also to vote for as many Democrats who care about people as possible in Congress as well as in government mansions. I frankly don’t know what else the Republicans have to do in order for some folks to be convinced that they don’t care about everyday Americans.

  18. Paul is consistent, however you fail to look at the world he would create for you. You would not like it

    Also, you did refer to Obama as “his president” hence my remark about not being Dem or Rep

  19. I had written a poem — I am America, I Matter — My friend Joe made it into a video. It really sums up what us, the regular American people, are dealing with. These politicians have to realize they WORK FOR US. I think, somehow, they’ve forgotten that. If you are interested, here’s the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHY0tvQU6ww&context=C3b89b7aADOEgsToPDskIq4MtoP-y2Iybsh0b4Hxk-

    Also, http://www.timetoplay.com is a project I’ve been working on for over a year. It’s intention is to help us, the regular people, have quality of life. We just work now-a-days — we work to try to make it. We need to enjoy life, too.

  20. I think the Republican definition of “outsider” is “douchebag”. They seem to be fixated on finding the guy who brings the most hateful, disparaging bumpersticker slogans to the debates. Which is why they pinjed for Christie so much and, I suppose, why $arah Paylin still gets any attention on Faux.

  21. Why isn’t him running for presidency? I would wote for him or Kucinich in a moment, everybody else on the political scene is either a sellout with no integrity of insane, or totally stupid… Incredible that a country this big could not come up with more than 2 sane and logical politicians… just very very sad!

  22. Bernie is being intellectually dishonest. He sat across the table on the Bill Maher show from Buddy Roemer, Republican candidate for President and never acknowledged that Buddy is fighting for the 99% and against the 1%. Bernie was downright dismissive of Buddy and he has fallen in my opinion because of that.

  23. Our government is so corrupt right now; large corporations and the wealthy own much of the influence in this country.

    Until I see term limits for the house and senate, and until I see large numbers of Congressman and Senators going to prison for Corruption and Bribery; I don’t have any realistic hope that things will get better.

    The rich and the corporations will continue to make the rules; and heaven help anyone who speaks up; or tries to do something about it.

    To ignore the fact that the American Empire is declining, fast in front of our eyes, into a Third World, Post Industrial Plutocracy, with the groundwork for a military dictatorship being laid out a little more with each session of congress: is truly having your head in the sand.

    Instead of preparing for merely surviving in the aftermath of some crisis induced by the plutocracy; like cockroaches living in the rubble of a leveled apartment complex; maybe we should use these resources for expatriation to another country where we can live well, not just survive on the broken dreams of a has-been country.

    Many other countries have both national healthcare and a lot of the freedoms that America had pre 9/11; maybe we should change the topic of this group to researching this topic of expatriation.

    I hear again and again from people who have left the United States years ago, became citizens of another country and they have no regrets about it; aside from not being able to get a good dish of Mexican food.

  24. Barney Sanders is one of the best we have in Congress. I sure wish he was running for President. We also need a whole lot more like him in Congress to turn this Country back around. Does anyone else every hear the President or just about all of Congress discuss to the public that the United States has to have War On Poverty Programs to cut down on the large amount of people in the U.S. living in poverty or almost living in poverty. There are many skills they could be trained in. Most people in poverty cannot afford to pay for any after high school training programs. Under President Johnson, the Government paid for that training. In the long run, the government would be paid back many times from the Federal tax those people would pay from working.

  25. I would prefer a BLACK MUSLIM person in the White House than a company liquidator, a racist sexaholic, a religious fanatic, or an isolationist. Yes sir, one of YOUR choices are not one bit more honorable than Hitler or Bin Laden.

  26. You guys don’t think a guy who made Obama’s reelection speech isnt bias at all??

    I’m curious as to what you critics all think of Obama signing and supporting the NDAA act, or do you even know what that is? I’m not democrat or republican, but there is one person running for GOP that is worthy of all american’s votes and that is, you guess it, Ron Paul.

    If you guys want someone who isn’t a snake republican or someone who isn’t going to sign the death warrant to the bill of rights (obama), you can always vote ron paul, because he is the most honest person out there, and he stands for civil rights of the people.

  27. All of what Sanders said about Repub politicians is so true. But the Repub voters, even the poor Repub voters will go to the polls, and vote for them anyway.

  28. Everybody does not want to be president.
    Everybody CAN’T be president.

    Besides, we have a great president already.

  29. I think you’ll find that NDAA was covered quite heavily here on these pages, and yes we do know what it is.

    Obama did not sign the death warrant of the Bill of Rights, he did nothing that he didn’t already have the powers do when he walked into office.

    As far as Ron Paul goes, I agree he is somewhat honest although he is not telling you what his real plan is. And I do not think that he stands for the civil rights of anyone especially considering that he wants to take the right of your children to be citizens the minute they are born away from them. You also wants to take the right to a speedy trial and all that stuff away from you. Google Ron Paul and the repeal of the 14th amendment. Ron Paul’s world would be a heavily corporate environmentally destroyed world

  30. Did you know that schools (in the era or President Johnson) were structured to churn out factory workers. Only 20% of students were EXPECTED to be doctors or lawyers. 20% were expected to be buyers and accountants and 60% were expected to be factory workers. When an economy is set up for most of its inhabitants to be closed thinkers you end up with 40 years later with a country loosing jobs and ranked 23rd (in developed nations)in education. I understand your position but I’m for an educated society not just a society of trained folks.

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