Sen. Bernie Sanders: I Will Boycott Netanyahu Speech
Sanders spoke at the Brookings Institution on Monday.
By STEPHANIE EBBS
February 9, 2015, 6:45 PM
• 4 min read
-- Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who is flirting with a 2016 presidential bid, today became the first U.S. senator to officially announce he will skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress next month.
Sanders, the longest-serving Independent in Congress, said it was wrong that the president wasn't consulted about the prime minister's visit. His statement came during a Q&A session after a speech at the Brookings Institution.
Sanders said he would engage in a debate on the issues with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumed nominee, if they both run and would keep things positive. When asked about Sen. Elizabeth Warren he said he’s not sure she will run.
But, he added, "It is not my style to trash people."
Sanders, who released his 12-point-plan to rebuild the middle class last month, lamented that the country is "moving rapidly away from our democratic heritage into an oligarchic form of society – where we are experiencing a government of the billionaire class, by the billionaire class and for the billionaire class," he said in his remarks.
Sanders suggested a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and publicly fund elections to block wealthy families like the Koch brothers from having "a stronger political presence than either of our major parties."