Bernie Sanders brushes off likability concerns

The 2020 hopeful pushed back against notions he has not shared enough about his personal life during an interview on "GMA."
5:05 | 07/11/19

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And try our new free shop-at-home service. Can you all hear me. My name is rabbi Manny Shevitz and I'm pleased you invited me to be with you today and I prepared a few words for this important occasion. We are keeping the wedding theme going here this morning. You know the voice. You know the look. Senator Bernie Sanders. But I'm already married, happily married. That wasn't the only movie you were in. That was about 20 years ago. Where did this come from? Films, they came to Burlington. Have a political reason to bring it up this morning as well. You're running now for president for the second time. It's a tight competition now. One of the things we're hearing from voters they know you have plans and passion. They want to know more about you as a person. Do you accept that critique and what do you do about it? Well, I think two things, I think, of course people have a right to know about who you are as a person and your family and your life. I think sometimes the media goes overboard on that and does not pay enough attention to what you are trying to do to transform the country, you know, so the issues I talk about are health care for all people, you know, you may like me or not but the truth of the matter is every American is entitled to health care as a human right. You're addressing that by going -- 20th anniversary of when you rode a bus with Americans to Canada and shed a light on prescription drug prices and proposing medicare for all. The critique on your plan that is going to require raising taxes and doing away with private insurance companies and the political critique for a lot of Democrats you're pushing the party too far to the left. The critique is coming from the insurance companies and the drug companies who will spend tens and tens of millions of dollars to maintain a dysfunctional health care system which makes huge profits for them while 80 million Americans today either have no health insurance or are underinsured with high deductibles and high co-payment, furthermore we pay by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs so, of course, the insurance companies and drug like the current system. They're doing just great but meanwhile we are spending as a nation twice as much per person as other people of other countries around the world who guarantee health care. How about those who say I pay for my insurance, I like it. Ha what they like is their doctors and hospitals. Right now millions of Americans cannot get the doctors they want because their doctors are not in their networks unless they pay out of pocket costs. Under a single payer system every American will have freedom of choice with regard to the doctor you want, with regard to the hospital that you want. And that is the strength of the medicare for all system. You've also been addressing income inequal. All the candidates are putting out new plans to address racial inequal and the wealth gap for African-Americans. We're seeing the debate over represent raths, over busing. This morning you have an essay in "The Washington post" where you say the straightest path is through the 1%. What do you mean by that. What I mean by that, we have two issue, number one, three people in America if you can believe it, this is called oligarchy. Meanwhile in the midst of that you have massive racial inequalities where the average white family has ten times more wealth than the average black family, massive disparities in education, red-lining in housing, financial services and so forth so as a nation we have got to address both issues. We have to deal with the overall issue of inequality in we have to deal with the racial inequality as well. And does that include reparations. It includes focusing attention on the most distressed communities in America which are often minority communities. This campaign is different from the last time around. You don't have a single focus. Do you see -- do you think you're going to have trouble breaking out of this pack. I'm feeling really good. We have received now 2 million individual campaign contributions averaging $19 apiece. I think that's an all-time world record in terms of the number of individual contributions. We have over a misdemeanor volunteers. We're very strong in grassroots activism in the early states so feeling very good. I think our message is that we cannot continue an economy in which the rich are getting richer when corporate America whether it's the pharmaceutical industry, the insurance industry, whether it is the military industrial complex. They're doing phenomenally well yet half of the people in the country are living paycheck to paycheck and have 500,000 Americans sleeping out on the streets today. We have need an economy that works for everybody, not just the people on top. Senator Bernie Sanders, thanks for coming in. If you want to renew your vows we can take you outside.

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