Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders urged Iowans on Wednesday to elect Democrat Hillary Clinton for president in November as the first step toward ushering in a progressive agenda.Sanders is actually holding many events in several states right now...this is just one of them. Thanks Bernie!
That agenda would elevate working Americans and make the wealthiest pay their fair share in taxes, he said in Des Moines.
Sanders, a political independent who lost the Democratic nomination to Clinton, said the “unfavorables” among voters for both Clinton and GOP rival Donald Trump are high, but he said voters should “think big” by looking beyond the personalities to policy positions where he said “the choice is absolutely clear” for Clinton.
“Go beyond personalities,” Sanders told more than 300 supporters at Drake University. “Look at the issues that impact you. Don’t worry about Trump, don’t worry about Clinton, worry about yourself, worry about your family and, if you look at the candidates issue by issue, you will find that Secretary Clinton has the progressive agenda.”
Sanders touted Clinton’s plans to boost the minimum wage, promote equal pay for women, invest in infrastructure, expand health care coverage to more Americans, lower the cost of prescription drugs, reform the criminal justice system, expand renewable energy to combat climate change, help students lower college debt and provide tuition-free education to families making less than $125,000 a year.
By contrast, he said, Trump brags about not paying taxes that support vital government programs and services while wanting to eliminate the inheritance tax and cut rates for the richest Americans. Sanders added Trump wants to “throw 20 million people off of health insurance” and push ideas rooted in racism and bigotry that divide rather than unite.
Watch the full speech above.