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Sanders Defends Tax Increase Pledge After Pelosi’s Comments

Bernie Sanders clarified his tax plan after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) attacked his platform and suggested that they weren’t “running on any platform of raising taxes.”

“My proposal will save middle-class families thousands of dollars a year on their healthcare costs. Most people tell me, ‘Yes, they would be happy to pay $1,000 more in taxes if they’re paying $5,000 less in healthcare premiums,’ ” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“We have got to take on the drug companies who are ripping us off and the private insurance companies,” he said.

The Hill reports:

He also said he doesn’t think House Democrats will mind that his plans include raising taxes.

“Hillary Clinton will be the problem,” he said.” Because I think our campaign is the campaign that is generating excitement and energy that will result in a high voter turnout. Republicans win when voter turnout is low. Democrats win when voter turnout is high. I think our campaign is raising issue about a rigged economy, a corrupt campaign finance system.”

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