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Sanders Says He’s Democrats’ Best Bet On Issues — And Electability

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders believes he is the party’s best chance at electing a president in 2016.

On Wednesday, Sanders sat down with Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s Morning Edition, where the two discussed his campaign and his commitment to being honest and firm on major issues.

Inskeep asked him if he believed he could win the Democratic nomination.

“I do,” Sanders said in his clipped Big Apple manner. “Look, when we began this campaign some six months ago, I would say 80 percent of American people didn’t know who Bernie Sanders was or what I stood for. We have come a very, very long way.”

“We have hundreds of thousands of volunteers in the 50 states. We’ve received more individual contributions — some 750,000 of them — more than any other candidate in history at this point in the campaign. Averaging, I should tell you, $30 apiece.”

Sanders also discussed United States trade relations and Hillary Clinton’s refusal to take a stance early on.

“I’m glad that Hillary Clinton is now against the TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement]. Check my record out. I knew from Day One — in terms of NAFTA, CAFTA, permanent normal trade relations with China — that our trade policies were a disaster for American workers.”

NPR reports:

Sanders also pointed to the Keystone pipeline, a project bringing Canadian tar-sands oil to the Gulf of Mexico. Clinton recently decided to oppose the long-running project.

“How can you be serious about saying you want to combat climate change and [still] have doubts about whether you want to support the Keystone pipeline or not?” asked Sanders, his voice rising in incredulity. “The Keystone pipeline is transporting and excavating some of the dirtiest fossil fuel on Earth. I was against it from Day One.”

Sanders has called for an end to all future extraction of oil, gas and coal from federal lands. But he also wants to establish a program for workers in the fossil fuels industries.

“It is not their fault, but the products they are producing are destroying our planet. They have got to be made whole. We have to make sure they have jobs, income, health care, education, job training they need.”

Sanders noted he was also years ahead of Clinton in supporting gay marriage and opposing the 2002 resolution authorizing force against Iraq.

While drawing contrasts with Clinton, Sanders said he would not allow their future debates to devolve into the “food fights” he says the Republicans’ debates have been.

See the full story at NPR.

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