Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses why Joe Biden could be ‘most progressive president’

“I feel relieved and exhilarated, but I know the work we have to do to win those two seats to get Democrats control,” said Sanders, on Biden winning the presidency and trying to take over the Senate.
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Transcript for Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses why Joe Biden could be ‘most progressive president’
We are joined by senator Berns from Burlington, Vermont. He challenged Joe Biden. Thanks for joining us again tonight. Congratulations, Joe Biden won your state. Are you confident he will win the white house? It is looking -- it is looking very good. I want to congratulate him for the campaign that he ran. And you gave him an awful lot of help. You endorsed him right away. You promised to work. You said the most important priority for all Democrats had to be to remove Donald Trump from the white house. What do you make of the results as we're seeing across the country right now, a nation still deeply divided? Donald Trump still getting the second most votes of any candidate in American history. Republicans appearing at least for now, depending on what happens in Georgia, to hold control of the senate. Well, George, to me this election was about many, many things, but the most significant thing was about whether or not we end the pathological lying in the white house and we end the danger of losing our democracy and the rule of law in our thank god it appears that we're going to end that danger. But right now in front of us is an enormous amount of work that must be done. Anyone who is sitting home tonight saying, oh, my goodness, wonderful, Joe Biden won, our jobs just beginning. You've got mass unemployment. You have starvation wages in this country. You have systemic racism. We're the only major country on Earth not to guarantee health care to all people. We are terribly worried about the existential threat of climate change. Our infrastructure is crumbling. What congress must do with president Biden is move aggressively and rapidly on an agenda that's stands for work people and for low income people, and make that as bold as it possible. Well, that gets -- It is a lot of pain -- a lot of pain in this country that has to be addressed. I guess it all comes down to possibly can be.you have fewer Democrats in the house right now. As I said, we don't know the outcome in the senate but close. You said you expect Joe Biden to be the most Progressive president since fdr. Is that still possible? Absolutely it is. Look, the American people -- the American people understand that we have enormous and profound cris does anybody out there think $7.25 an hour is the kind of federal minimum wage we have? Does any think we should be the only major country on Earth not to guarantee health care to all people? Not to guarantee family and medical leave? Not to deal with the existential threat of climate change? Not to create millions of jobs rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure? I know I am attacked every day, far left, far left. But every idea we are fighting for are ideas that are supported by the vast majority of the American people. Democrats, independents, Republicans. People understand that we have got to finally have a government working for all, not just the top. How much of that can Joe Biden do without congress? Well, obviously as Donald Trump has shown us, the power of a pen on executive orders is very significant. I hope he utilizes that. But I do believe -- you know, we talk about bringing a very divided nation together, and there's no question. In a very painful way, sad way, our country is divided. One way, it is not going to solve all of our problems, not going to solve systemic racism, but one of the ways that we can bring people together is around an agenda that works for farmers in Iowa as well as low income people in New York City. There is a commonality of interests that we have. All of us need health care. All of us need decent wages. All of us want our kids to be able to get a college education. For too long in my view the democratic party has not been as aggressive as it should be in addressing the needs of the working class of this country, and that is why trump has done so well with those people. It is time for us to expose trump as a fraud and to address the real needs of working families in this country. When those people stand up and say, you know what? Yeah, I want my kid to be able to get to college. Yeah, I want my mother to have decent health care and to be able to afford prescription drugs. Yeah, I'm a farmer and I know what climate change is doing to my farm in this country. When we address the real needs of the people of this country, they will come around. They will demand that congress Bottom line, are you more exhilarated or relieved tonight? I am very relieved. To be honest with you, I haven't been sleeping so well lately. I was very worried about four more years of trump. It appears that that is not going to be the case, so I feel exhilarated. I feel relieved, but I know how much work we have to do. "A", to win the two seats in Georgia to give Democrats control over the senate and, "B", to move forward an agenda that finally speaks to the needs of working families and not just the very wealthy. Senator Sanders, thanks for your time tonight.

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