Transcript for Bernie Sanders says 2020 campaign will be 'stronger' and 'more diverse' than 2016
Talk to your doctor about Xarelto??. Senator Bernie Sanders has -- they're clapping already. Anyway, Bernie Sanders has thrown his hat back into the presidential race, and he hasn't lost his touch to fire up a crowd. We just heard it. He's breaking campaign fundraising records, sitting on top of the polls. Please welcome senator Bernie Sanders. ??? Thank you. Wow. You are still popular. You're a bit of a rock star, You don't want to hear me sing. No, I don't. I don't. Was that an option? No. So you've decided to run again in 2020 for president, although, not for nothing, you came in close last time but you didn't win the nomination. Let us go over history a little. So tell me one thing you're going to do differently this time to win the nomination. Um, we began this campaign after one week with one million volunteers. Right. One million in every state in this country. We are going to run an unprecedented grassroots campaign which is going to bring our people together doing exactly the opposite of what trump is trying to do. He's trying to divide us up. We're going to bring our people together to take on all of the powerful special interests that today have so much economic and political power over this country. We didn't do that last time. But you did have a grassroots -- We did. This time it will be stronger. We'll be involving more people. It will be more diverse, and most importantly, this time we're going to win. Okay. So, now, so forgive me for a tough question. Many Democrats still say you're a big reason why Hillary lost, because of your criticism of her before the general election and your refusal to concede, even when it looked like you wouldn't get the nomination. You wouldn't pull out. How do you answer claims that you splintered the party and put trump in the white house and, god forbid, you could do it again in 2020? Those criticisms come from our political opponents, all right? And the answer is that I knocked my brains out working to get Hillary Clinton elected president. I went all over this country. We got a letter someplace from Hillary Clinton thanking me for what we did. Furthermore, because we ended up in the primary process winning more votes from young people than Clinton and trump combined, we brought a lot of young people into the political process, and you're seeing the results of that in the 2018 election where so many young people got elected. So why were you so reluctant to quit when she got the nomination? What I did was sit down with her and work on a Progressive agenda which has become the agenda not only of the democratic party but of the United States of America. Let me tell you about our 2016 campaign. During the campaign when I was here we talked about raising the minimum wage to a living wage, 15 bucks an hour. People thought it was a radical and crazy idea. Today five states have already done it. We talked about making public -- We talked about making public colleges and universities tuition-free and substantially reducing student debt. They're doing that all over the country. We talked about and you will remember, all of you I think will remember I was considered crazy by saying, you know what, maybe the United States should do what every other major country on Earth does, guarantee health care to all people as a right. So that was what this 2016 campaign was about. We took on the democratic establishment. Guess what, democratic establishment is still fighting Republican establishment is fighting us. Big money interests are fighting us. That's what happens when you wage a political revolution. But the American people want those three things. Absolutely, and more. That was actually my question for you. But those ideas made you stand out then for good or for bad, but now they don't seem so now what makes you stand out among the crowd? Well, that's a good question and I think the answer -- Thank you. You're welcome. In fact, a brilliant question. Thank you, thank you. Look, in the democratic primary I'm running against some really good people, many of them my personal friends, okay? So I'm not here to denigrate any of them. But I hope that voters might want to look at, a, who was there first. It's one thing to say, hey, I support medicare for all. It's another thing to say it when you got the whole establishment saying that's a crazy idea. In 1999 we took on the pharmaceutical industry. Everybody here knows, correct, pharmaceutical industry is ripping off the American people, forcing us to pay the highest prices in the world. Well, in 1999, a few years ago, I was the first member of congress to take Americans over the Canadian border, people in my own state of Vermont, to get prescription drugs in Montreal that were one-tenth the price they were paying in Vermont, today millions of people -- I have another question. Sorry. Here's the root question. You started it all. You were brilliant. I agree, I loved you in the last go-around. You don't love me anymore? I do. I still love you. Her dog is named Bernie. I named my dog after you. That's really love. What I'm saying is, yes, you came up with all these brilliant ideas. What do you say to people who say, okay, Bernie -- and I'm the same age as you -- You look much younger. I do. I do. What do you say the people, you're too old, let the younger person take the mantle? I think we should judge people on the totality of their lives. They can say that about you. Yeah. I don't think you're too old because then I'd have to say I'm too old. That's right. But you have a good viewing audience, right? Yes. People perceive you doing the show very, very well. Judge people by the work that they do. What do you think Hillary did wrong to lose to someone like trump? I'm not enthusiastic to go back to 2016, but I think in some ways she didn't reach out to working class people the way I think she should have. There were states where she did not campaign as vigorously as she should have, Wisconsin, Michigan, maybe some other states. But that was 2016. In my view Donald Trump is the most dangerous president in modern American history. I think he is -- Can I interject really quickly though. We're hearing about a lot of democratic candidates who are meeting with Hillary Clinton for advice though people like Amy klobuchar. Do you think you'll do the same? I suspect not. Hillary has not called me. Look, we have differences. Hillary has played a very important role in American politics. You're not interested in any advice from her? I think not. We have -- look, we have -- You think not? You know, I think every Democrat is going to come together. Let me say what I've said before. I hope to be the democratic nominee and have the support of the whole democratic party behind me. If I am not and somebody else is, I will support that candidate. Because that's most important that trump be defeated. But Hillary and I have fundamental -- you know, fundamental differences. It does seem like the president wants to run against you though. He calls you crazy Bernie. He thinks it can be an easy win for him, that you will not capture the middle of the country enough. I'm not so sure, Abby. I'm not so sure. I think he knows that in states like Michigan and Wisconsin, states that he won, I don't think he thinks that he will defeat me. I'm not so sure that that's correct. I think the agenda -- Is he scared of you? He should be. He should be. I think the agenda that we are talking about is basically saying that in a nation which has such massive income and wealth inequality, you got three people who own more wealth than the bottom half of America, we can do so much more as a nation. It's not only health care for all, it's not only making public colleges and universities tuition-free, we have a dysfunctional child care system. Yes. You're a working parent in New York or in Vermont, how are you going to pay $20,000, $30,000 a year for child care? You can't. We have got to make sure that we have quality, affordable child care. There are senior citizens in this country, we don't talk about this enough --
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