Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders destroyed John Boehner with facts after the Speaker called him out of the political mainstream on CBS’s Face The Nation.
Earlier on Face The Nation, Speaker of the House John Boehner said that Bernie Sanders came to Congress as a socialist and that both Sanders and Hillary Clinton are out of step with mainstream America.
In a later segment when Bernie Sanders appeared on the same program, he destroyed Boehner with the facts.
Video of Sanders:
Transcript via Face The Nation:
DICKERSON: Senator, we had Speaker John Boehner on. He said he came to Congress with you and that he characterized you by saying that there’s not a tax increase that you haven’t liked. What is your response to that? He says you’re out of the mainstream of America.
SANDERS: All right. Well, let me respond to that issue by issue. And you determine who is out of the mainstream.
I want to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. A recent “Wall Street Journal” poll said a majority of the American people want to do that. John Boehner is not going to bring up any legislation in the House to raise the minimum wage at all. And many of his members want to do away with the concept of the minimum wage.
I want to see this country expand Social Security benefits, not cut them. John Boehner, his party want to either privatize Social Security or cut Social Security benefits to the elderly and disabled vets. The American people say overwhelmingly we have got to expand Social Security benefits by lifting the cap on taxable incomes.
I want to create millions of jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. And I have introduced legislation to do that. Republican Party is very reluctant to spend a nickel to rebuild our infrastructure.
Bernie Sanders listed a series of positions that show that John Boehner and the Republican Party are completely out of step with mainstream America. In fact, the list of Republican positions that are out of step is much longer than what Sanders offered. Republicans oppose a path to citizenship and comprehensive immigration reform, Republicans are against equal pay for women and allowing women to control their own medical decisions. John Boehner spent millions of taxpayer dollars defending the Defense of Marriage Act. Boehner supports cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans and corporations while opposing any legislation that would create jobs.
It is clear who is out of step with the mainstream of this country, and it isn’t Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic Party. John Boehner has a 22% approval rating and a 62% disapproval rating. Despite the fact that the country is moving left, Speaker Boehner continues to harbor the delusion that the United States is a conservative nation.
The facts were on the side of the Senator from Vermont, and Bernie Sanders used those facts to reveal that it is Boehner and his Republican Party who are out of step with the rest of the country.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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