Bernie Sanders: Democrats Can't Beat Trump With A "Timid And Middle Of The Road" Candidate

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Sen. Bernie Sanders told CNN Friday morning why he believes he is the strongest candidate to beat Trump in 2020:

CNN HOST: Let me ask you about Nancy Pelosi and what she's said in the last 24 hours. You have stated very clearly your support for launching impeachment proceedings into President Trump. This week, Speaker Pelosi said behind closed doors and we told our viewers about it earlier, she said I don't want to see him impeached. I want to see him in prison. Do you agree with NAncy Pelosi?



SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: Well, look, what I agree is two things. Number one, you have a president who believes he's above the law. And he's got to be held accountable. And I do believe that the Judiciary Committee in the House should go forward with an impeachment inquiry. An impeachment inquiry. But what Democrats in the House, and this is not an easy position to be in, you know, Nancy Pelosi's living in a difficult world right now, is the American people want to hold this president accountable. They want to make sure we have a president who obeys laws. And they want Congress to investigate him.

But on the other hand, the American people are sick and tired of paying outrageously high prices for prescription drugs, having 34 million Americans who have no health insurance and more who are underinsured. They want the Congress to be dealing with climate change, raising the minimum wage, criminal justice, immigration reform. Enormous issues out there. The balance, I think, that the Democrats in the House have got to stake, where they have to be is, on one hand, hold Trump accountable. Go forward with an impeachment inquiry. On the other hand, do not neglect the issues. The bread and butter issues that the vast majority of the American people are deeply concerned about. We can do both, go forward in both directions. That's what I believe has to be done.

CNN HOST: You definitely believe that but that is really where the debate is, even if you're walking and chewing gum at the same time, if he's seen by the public as walking and chewing gum, that's part of the debate in the House amongst Democrats. I want to ask you because this, on one poll number, yes, I always know a poll is a snapshot in time, but I want to know what you think about this snapshot actually, or what this tells you, because in a recent CNN poll, 54% said that they think Donald Trump will win re-election. That is slightly more than those who thought Barack Obama would win a second term around this same time, what do you do with that, senator?

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: Well, I think what you do is two things. Number one, and this is what I will be doing, and I tell you why I think I am the strongest Democratic candidate. I think you have to expose Trump for the fraud that he is. And explain to those people who voted for him, no, he's not standing with working families. He is standing with the billionaire class. You don't stand with working families when you try to throw 32 million people off the health care they have, when your budget talks about massive cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security, and what 83% of the tax benefits go to the top 1%.

But on the other hand, you need to bring forth, it's not good enough just to attack Trump. You need to bring forth an agenda that increases voter turnout, that is a campaign of excitement and energy. Not the old status quo. You have to talk to working people, and to young people. You have to bring millions of new people into the political process, to demand finally that we have a government and a political process in this country that works for all of us and not just the 1%. If you are timid and middle of the road, I don't think you create that kind of excitement and energy to defeat Trump and given the fact that in my view Trump is the most dangerous president in the history of this country, it is imperative that we do that.

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