On ABC’s “This Week,” host Martha Raddatz interviewed Bernie Sanders. The opening exchange was breathtaking.
Bernie Sanders is hard at work on the campaign trail this holiday weekend. And he joins me this morning from New Hampshire. Happy new year, Senator Sanders.
We noticed that today is the 25th anniversary of your first day in Congress. Twenty five years, what do you say to critics who say the country needs a president from outside Washington and not a career politician?
Well, what I say is if you study my record, I’m not exactly a career politician. Martha, during my tenure in the Congress, I have taken on virtually every powerful special interest from Wall Street to the insurance companies to the pharmaceutical industry to the military-industrial complex.
What my campaign is about is standing up to the billionaire class today, and making certain that we do not continue to see the decline of the American middle class, where people are working longer hours for lower wages and almost all new income and wealth is going to the top 1 percent. That is the issue that I find that the American people are most concerned about, the decline of the middle class, massive income and wealth inequality, and a corrupt campaign finance system.
A person who spends twenty-five years in Congress is the definition of a career politician. He is someone who makes his living by holding political office. He is someone who has publicly shown himself to be ambitious for higher office.
What Bernie Sanders might have meant to say is that, even though he is a career politician, he is atypical of career politicians; he is a good guy.
But how do you remain in office when you are the enemy of Wall Street, the insurance companies, Big Pharma, etc.? Campaigns take money. Are we supposed to believe that Sanders funded his entire career?
No wonder he is opposed to Uber.
If you imagine that unions are not a powerful group that is living off of the American people (including their own members) then feel free to imagine that Sanders is fighting for the people.
But the rest of us know he is just another career politician.