Sharpening Contrast with Clinton, Sanders Touts Bold Positions in Tough Times

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Sharpening Contrast with Clinton, Sanders Touts Bold Positions in Tough Times | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

"I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years," Sanders said in an interview Monday with Charlie Rose on PBS. "I have enormous respect for her. She’s a friend. But when you're running for president of the United States, it's important to differentiate the differences between the candidates, and there are real differences between Hillary Clinton and myself. I have been extremely consistent on my views for many, many years."

In an appearance Monday night on The Rachel Maddow Show, Sanders addressed the question of why it matters that, as Maddow put it, he was "right first" on issues like gay rights, trade policy, and the Keystone XL pipeline.

"That's an excellent and fair question," he said, "and the answer is: We live in a tough world and leadership counts. It's great that people evolve and change their minds and I respect that. But it's important to stand up when the going gets tough. And if you look at my career, I have taken on every special interest when it was tough to do."

"Where we are right now in American history is, we have a rigged economy with Wall Street and the big money interests exerting huge power over the economy, we have a corrupt campaign finance system with super PACs prepared to buy elections," Sanders continued. "What the American people and Democrats have to know [is] which candidate historically has had the guts to stand up to powerful people and [make] difficult decisions."

"When the going gets tough, when leadership was needed, I was there," he declared.
Clinton's campaign money is enough to send up a red flag and let the democratic party know she's neoliberal and will payback Wall Street, the MIC and hedge fund managers with lotsa great little subsidies and tax cuts.
 

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