Bernie Sanders About Democrats

There are only six weeks left before the mid-term elections and voters in some states are already casting their votes.

A recent CBS News Battleground Tracker poll shows Republicans are still likely to retake the House, but Democrats have some momentum — including a race to the Senate.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders told “CBS Mornings” on Tuesday that Democrats are at a critical moment to connect with working-class Americans weeks before the election.

“I think the Democrats need to recognize that right now we are living in a society where the people at the top, the billionaires, are doing exceptionally well and the working people are falling back and forth. We need an agenda. That speaks to the need for working people,” Sanders said.

One of the key issues that Sanders believes is the need for Democrats to focus on healthcare. In May, Sanders and more than a dozen other senators introduced a plan that would provide federally administered Medicare for all. Sanders said Democrats have to stand up for Americans when it comes to healthcare.

“We have to end the absurdity of being the only major country on earth that does not guarantee healthcare to all people. Health care is a human right. We pay double in capital for health care because insurance companies make billions every year. dollars,” he said. “Want to know what we should do? We must have the courage to compete with the pharmaceutical industry, charging us 10 times more for specialty drugs than people in any other country.”

The independent senator said Democrats should also focus on raising the minimum wage, freeing up public colleges and expanding Social Security for seniors.

“Every one of these ideas is very popular because we’re going to pay for it by telling the billionaire class, who pay nothing in federal taxes in such cases, to start paying their fair share,” Sanders said. .

For these ideas to pass, Democrats must have a majority in the House and Senate – which they do not have at the moment.

Sanders, a two-time Democratic presidential nominee, said he was not focused on the upcoming 2024 presidential election. He also said that it is up to President Joe Biden to decide whether he will run for re-election.

“He’s tried to do some very, very good things and he’ll make that decision himself,” the senator said.

Sanders told “CBS Mornings” that his sole focus is to ensure that working-class people have their voices heard by getting young progressives elected in November.

“I am trying to elect young progressives, often young people of color, who are ready to stand up for working class families and take on the interests of big money,” he said.

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