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Sanders: Why Don’t You Ask Republicans If They’re Capitalists?

Sen. Bernie Sanders is often asked about his ties to socialism due to his progressive platform that favors worker’s rights and income equality.

The United States is often incompatible with such notions as we have been brainwashed to always believe in the American Dream, which often leaves large numbers of Americans exposed and unprotected from the arbitrary effects of the economy.

“Look, when one of your Republican colleagues gets on the show, do you say, ‘Are you a capitalist?’” the Democratic presidential candidate said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “Have you ever referred to them as capitalists?”

Sanders is ready to challenge Wall Street and wants to balance a system which unfairly targets the poor and middle class.

The Hill reports:

If elected president, Sanders said he will force Republicans in Congress to compromise by lining up “a million young people demonstrating and marching in Washington” to protest for affordable higher education.

“I think we can do it,” he said. “And I think that’s what the bully pulpit is about. And that’s what organizing effort’s about. And that’s what this campaign is about.”

Sanders pointed to his track record of going after Wall St. as a distinguishing characteristic between himself and Democratic primary front-runner Hillary Clinton.

“Whose track record for the last 25 years has been to say to Wall St., ‘You know what? We are going to have to break up the large financial institution.’”

He also differentiated himself from the Democratic field by pointing out he has been opposed to the Keystone Pipeline and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) from day one.

“From day one, I opposed the Keystone Pipeline because I believe if you’re serious about climate change, you don’t encourage the excavation and transportation of very dirty oil,” Sanders said. “That was my view from day one.”

Sanders also lauded Pope Francis for his efforts to raise awareness about climate change and poverty on his recent U.S. tour.

The senator said he admires the social programs in nations like Denmark and Sweden, and he thinks “we can look to those countries” for guidance.

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