Sen. Sanders: Democrats 'have to end one party rule' by winning in midterms

The Vermont Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate is interviewed on "This Week."
6:27 | 10/14/18

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Transcript for Sen. Sanders: Democrats 'have to end one party rule' by winning in midterms
Let's bring in senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont. Senator, we heard senator flake talk about the midterms there. He wants Republicans to provide the check on president trump. You'll be out on the campaign trail these last 22 days. What's your closing message? My closing message is that we have to end one-party rule in Washington. Right now you have a president and leadership in the house and senate working overtime for the needs of the wealthiest people in this country, turning their backs on working families. You have a congress that came within one vote led by president trump of throwing 32 million Americans off the health insurance they have. You have a congress led by the president that voted to give over one trillion dollars in tax breaks to the top 1% at a time of massive income and growth in economy. You have a president that introduced a budget that would have cut medicaid by one trillion, medicare by 500 billion, social media by $72 billion. By the way you raised the issue of climate change. The comments a moment ago that Larry kudlow made are so irresponsible, so dangerous, it's hard to believe that a leading government official could make them. What the governmental panel on climate change said is that we have 12 years to cut the amount of carbon in our atmosphere or this planet, our country, the rest of the world is going to suffer irreversible damage. We're in crisis mode. You have an administration that does not even recognize the reality of climate change and their policies working with the fossil fuel industry are making a bad situation worse. You mentioned that we should get rid of one-party rule in Washington. The president said it's going to be replaced by mob rule. That's been backed up by an ad the Republicans are now running. When we go low, you kick them. You can't be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for. Get up and, please, get in the face of some congress people. The left called an unhinged mob. Are you worried the Democrats are falling into a trap laid by president trump? Look, I mean, I think one of the problems that we have is that there is very little civil discourse going on in politics today. You have a president who I think most people recognize is a pathological liar. The Republicans have very little to say that they can defend. A lot of ads they're running are personal, deceptive and dishonest. The issue is not quote unquote mobs. In my view what this whole election comes down to is whether we can mobilize people to come out and vote. Four years ago as you'll recall, George, when the Republicans won land slide victories we had the lowest voter turnout since world War II. If people are sick and tired of working longer hours for lower wages, not able to afford prescription drugs, not able to afford college, tired of tax breaks for billionaires, you've got to come out and vote. Stand up and say enough is enough. We don't need one right wing party controlling the house, the senate and the white house. The president saying -- he calls you crazy Bernie -- people like you are going to take over and turn our country into Venezuela. What can we say about a president who doesn't go a day without telling massive lies? Let's talk about what Bernie would do. Bernie would like to end a situation in which we remained the only major country on Earth not to guarantee health care to all people. Bernie wants to expand the medicare program so seniors have dental care and hearing AIDS and vision care that they don't have right now. Bernie wants to end the absurdity of hundreds of thousands of bright kids not being able to afford to go to college. And millions leaving school deeply in debt. Bernie thinks it's more important to invest in the needs of infrastructure and working families rather than giving tax breaks to billions. -- Billionaires and large profitable corporations. Bernie thinks we should raise the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour and are proud of the work we did to help raise that wage at Amazon. 350,000 workers now making at least 15 bucks an hour. What Bernie wants to do is have a government that represents all of us, not just wealthy campaign contributors. Trump may not like that. I think most Americans want to see us move in that direction. Does Bernie think that president trump should be impeached if Democrats take control? Bernie thinks we have three weeks to go and we shouldn't be distracted from our mission. We should make sure people come out and vote so we can recapture the house and hopefully the senate as well. Before we go, what should the United States do about the disappearance of Jamal khashoggi? I was glad to hear senator flake talk about ending the war in Yemen. I have introduced a resolution with senator Lee, a conservative Republican, that said the Saudi led war in Yemen is unconstitutional. It's a humanitarian disaster. The most significant thing we should do is end our involvement in the Saudi led war in Yemen. Senator Sanders, thanks for your time. Thank you, George.

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