Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont – a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist – says he can beat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016.
On CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Sanders said he thinks he can get rid of the former Secretary of State because, “there is, in my view, massive dissatisfaction in this country today with corporate establishment and the greed of corporate America and the incredibly unequal distribution of wealth and income, which currently exists.”
“We won’t outspend Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush, but we will raise the kind of money needed to run a strong campaign,” he said. Sanders promised on Sunday that he would not have a super PAC to raise money for his campaign, according to The Huffington Post. Sanders stated that he has received nearly 90,000 contributions, averaging about $43, since announcing his candidacy a week and a half ago.
Sanders described himself as “the most progressive member of the U.S. Senate.”
He said that if elected, he would try to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United and rein in campaign spending.
Such campaign spending has been called “legalized bribery” by some left-wing pundits.
Sanders voiced his respect and admiration for Hillary Clinton, but pointed out that she voted in favor of the 2003 Iraq War and has avoided taking a stance on the Keystone XL pipeline.
Sanders opposed both, and has also led the fight against a bill that would grant the president fast-track authority on trade agreements.
Sanders said his record on that issue over the past 25 years shows that he has led the way in standing up for working families and taking on “the billionaire class,” Wall Street, private insurance companies, and drug companies.