Sanders: Obama Has Caught On That Boehner and McConnell Are Not Serious Negotiators


Speaking with CNN's Jake Tapper, Senator Bernie Sanders discusses what he describes as President Obama's "biggest mistake" and the need for a popular movement in American politics.

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT): I will tell you how. I have a lot of -- a lot of respect for Barack Obama. He is a friend of mine. The biggest mistake I believe that he made -- and I disagree with him on a number of policy issues, but his biggest political mistake is, after his brilliant 2008 political campaign, when he rallied millions of people to stand up and fight back, basically, what he said after he was elected: Well, I will take it from here. I will negotiate with Boehner and Mitch McConnell and Republicans.

Two points. First of all, these guys never had any intention of seriously negotiating. I think the president has caught onto that. But, second of all, the powers that be in Washington, Wall Street, the huge campaign donors, the Koch brothers, are so powerful, that the only way we bring about real change in this country which represents the needs of the middle class and working families is when millions of people stand up and say, enough is enough, they are organized.

And that is what I'm talking about when I speak about a political revolution. No president, not Bernie Sanders or anybody else, can do it unless millions of people say, you know what? This country belongs to all of us. Our government must represent all of us, and not just a handful of billionaires.

It can't be done within the Beltway itself. We need a mass movement, and that's what we are trying to create, and are succeeding in creating right now.

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