With one statement, Sen. Bernie Sanders explained why Democrats are more united than Republicans. On ABC’s This Week, Sanders said, “On her worst day, Hillary Clinton will be an infinitely better candidate and president than the Republican candidate on his best day.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: You’ve also started to express your differences with — with Hillary Clinton more and more.
But is it really right for you to tell “The Boston Globe,” quote, “I disagree with Hillary Clinton on virtually everything.”
Don’t your agreements far outweigh your disagreements?
SANDERS: Well, there’s — that’s — well, the answer is yes and no. Yes, we do agree on a number of issues. And, by the way, on her worst day, Hillary Clinton will be an infinitely better candidate and president than the Republican candidate on his best day.
But having said that, we have very significant differences. And the key difference is I see a nation in which we have a grotesque level of income and wealth inequality. Almost all of the new income and wealth is going to the top 1 percent.
I see a political system which is corrupt, where super PACs are able to receive huge amounts of money from millionaires and billionaires.
I think if you look at my history and what I am saying in this campaign, we need a political revolution. We need to stand up to the top 1 percent. We need to transform American politics and the way we do economics.
But, by the way, George, if I may, we need to have a media more interested in the issues facing working class people and the middle class rather than political gossip.
So do I agree with Hillary Clinton on this or that issue?
Of course I do. But I think on issues, for example, like Wall Street, you know, I believe that these guys who drove our economy into the ground, destroyed so many lives, I think at the end of the day, what we have to do is re— reestablish Glass-Steagall. We have to break up these huge financial institutions. That is not Hillary Clinton’s position at all.
You know, I was there on the TPP from way back. That was — Hillary Clinton took a little while to get there.
There are some on the left who disagree with Sen. Sanders and believe that former Sec. Clinton is the devil. Of course, many of these people on the left also bashed President Obama and former President Bill Clinton after they were elected. For a segment of the left, there is a purity test, and the only candidates that they support are those who agree with them on every issue.
Sanders was speaking the truth. Hillary Clinton will be a better president by a wide margin than any of the Republican candidates. The fact that Democrats believe that their frontrunner would be a better president than anyone running in the other party explains why the they are united.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders disagree on policy issues, but they understand that the big picture goal is to keep the White House next November.
The debate on the Democratic side is about shaping the agenda that their candidate will run on next fall. In contrast, Republicans are stuck in an ideological quagmire. The Republican Party can’t figure out who it is much less rally around a single leader.
The shared goals of Democrats as expressed by Sen. Sanders is a key reason they ready to keep the White House in 2016.
Mr. Easley 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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