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JUDY WOODRUFF: Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont became a household name
in 2016, when he ran a progressive campaign for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.
But much of that primary race was a one-on-one contest.
He is now vying for the Democratic nomination again, but, this time, he's up against at
least 20 other candidates.
And Senator Sanders joins us now.
Senator Sanders, welcome back to the \"NewsHour.\"
BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT), Presidential Candidate: Good to be with you, Judy.
JUDY WOODRUFF: So let's start with our lead story tonight.
And that is the stock market dropping over 470 points, fears, analysts say, of a trade
war with China, the president -- President Trump's policies toward China.
It appears to many people that your approach to trade with China is very similar to the
BERNIE SANDERS: No, it is not.
What I recognize is that, for many years, our trade policies have been a disaster.
If you look at NAFTA and you look at PNTR with China, in fact, it's cost us about four
million decent-paying American jobs and helped lead the race to the bottom, where wages were
depressed in America.
So, I think we do need new trade policies that are fair to the working people of this
country, not just to the CEOs.
But, as usual, I think Trump gets it wrong in terms of implementation.
JUDY WOODRUFF: But you would be tough on China, as he is.
BERNIE SANDERS: I would be supportive of American workers.
I think it is wrong that, when large corporations are making huge profits, that they simply
shut down in this country, throw American workers out on the street, then look for cheap
labor abroad.
So, I believe that we have got to deal with that issue, but not the way Trump is dealing
with it.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Well, let me turn to something that you spend a lot of time talking about
in this campaign, and that is Medicare, health care, and, namely, a proposal for Medicare
for all, guaranteed health care for every person, man, woman and child, in the country.
I think everybody agrees the current system needs fixing.
Everybody -- more people need to be covered.
But, right now, this is an economy that is spending, what, $3.5 trillion a year on health
JUDY WOODRUFF: It is a sixth of the American economy.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And even you acknowledge that doing something like Medicare for all would
be a massive disruption, do away with private...
All right.
BERNIE SANDERS: That wasn't my word, no.
Other people are saying it would be a massive disruption.
Do away with private insurance.
Why not move incrementally, rather than moving with what you propose?
BERNIE SANDERS: Because you have a dysfunctional system that is really rotten to the core.
And let me tell you something, Judy.
The people who are opposing Medicare for all in the insurance industry, in the pharmaceutical
industry, these are people who are making huge compensation benefits.
And they are seeing their corporations make huge profits.
Six -- the 10 largest drug companies made $69 billion in profits last year.
Yes, they don't like the idea that I intend to lower drug prices by 50 percent.
But here is the bottom line.
Right now, you have got 34 million people, no health insurance, even more underinsured.
We pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.
We end up spending twice as much per person on health care as do the people of any other
I live 50 miles away from the Canadian border.
How can anyone defend a dysfunctional system like that?
JUDY WOODRUFF: But when you have a -- as we said, such a huge part of the U.S. economy
-- the Congressional Budget Office did a nonpartisan analysis of your plan, essentially, universal
They came away.
And they concluded many people employed in the health care system now would lose their
They concluded that employer-based health care service that most non-elderly Americans
now use would be eliminated.
And they say fewer people would likely go into the medical profession because pay would
be less.
BERNIE SANDERS: That's exactly wrong.
BERNIE SANDERS: Right now, because of all of the stress that the insurance companies
put on doctors, you're finding many doctors demoralized.
Doctors are trained and nurses are trained to work with their patients and try to do
well by their patients.
Right now, before they can do any procedure, they have got to call up three insurance company
Here is the bottom line, all right?
The bottom line is, we are the only major country on Earth not to guarantee health care
to all people.
We spend twice as much, and our health care outcomes are poor.
Medicare right now, Judy, is the most popular health insurance program in the country.
All that I want to do over a four-year period is expand Medicare to all of our people.
We will save the average American significant sums of money, give him or her freedom of
choice regarding doctors and hospitals.
JUDY WOODRUFF: But you say it's freedom of choice, but you're doing away with private
JUDY WOODRUFF: And we remember the reaction.
President -- remember, President Obama said, you can keep your health care plan.
You can keep your doctor.
It didn't work out that way.
BERNIE SANDERS: Yes, because those were junk plans that he ended up doing away with.
Right now, do you think the average American has freedom of choice with regard to a doctor?
If a doctor is not in your network, you can't go to that doctor.
All that I want to say to the American people tonight is, we are taking on the insurance
companies and the drug companies, who make huge profits off of dysfunctional system that
is not working for the average American.
They are going to spend, Judy, in my view, hundreds of millions of dollars trying to
preserve their profits and their outrageous compensation packages.
The guy who's head of Aetna created a merger with CVS.
He got $500 million in bonus.
I don't think that's where we should be spending health care dollars.
JUDY WOODRUFF: But your plan would call for some form of higher taxes, no question?
Look, if I'm going to do away with all of your premiums and your co-payments and your
deductibles and we're expanding benefits, it has to be paid for.
But when you eliminate premiums and deductibles and co-payments and out-of-pocket expenses,
the average American will be better off.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Let's talk about the cost of college.
One of your signature proposals, tuition-free college, you would impose a financial...
BERNIE SANDERS: Public colleges and universities, not every...
Public colleges and universities.
You would impose a financial transactions tax, as it's called, to pay for it.
JUDY WOODRUFF: But how much -- what would this mean for the, what, 45 million Americans
who have college debt right now?
How would they benefit?
BERNIE SANDERS: Oh, they would benefit very substantially.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Because they have left college, and they're in debt.
This $900 billion that we're talking about -- look, here's the story.
Right now, Wall Street profits are very, very high.
They're charging you 17 percent interest rates on your credit card, real usury.
We bailed them out after their illegal activity nearly destroyed the economy.
So, what I believe is, at a time when hundreds -- hundreds of thousands of bright young kids
can't afford to go to college, and millions of people are struggling with outrageous levels
of student debt, this is an issue we have to deal with.
So I am proudly -- and I'm glad that more and more people are following my lead.
I believe that, in the 21st century, when you talk about public education, public colleges
and universities should be tuition-free, and we substantially lower student debt.
People should not be punished for getting a higher education in a competitive global
JUDY WOODRUFF: And just quickly, the second part of this is, right now, states would still
have to pick up a...
JUDY WOODRUFF: ... bit of the cost.
BERNIE SANDERS: They would have to, yes.
JUDY WOODRUFF: But these -- many of these are states that have been cutting spending
for higher education.
JUDY WOODRUFF: How do you get them to flip and spend more?
BERNIE SANDERS: Well, that's another issue.
Instead of giving tax breaks to billionaires -- you got Amazon and dozens of other corporations
not paying a nickel in federal income tax last year.
So, my view is that large profitable corporations should start paying their fair share of taxes.
We will work with the states.
But the bottom line is, in a competitive global economy, every kid in this country, regardless
of his or her income, deserves a higher education, if that is their goal.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Very quickly, a question on foreign policy.
You have been saying recently you wish you had spoken more about foreign policy four...
JUDY WOODRUFF: Two years ago, when you ran for president.
What would you do right now to punish Russia for what they did in 2016?
BERNIE SANDERS: First of all, unlike Trump, you have to acknowledge the very seriousness
of what they did.
To try to undermine democracy in America and other countries is simply not acceptable.
And they have got to pay a price.
So we have a president who doesn't even acknowledge that.
But I think we should be looking at very tough sanctions.
This is an act of aggression against American democracy.
It cannot be accepted.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Beyond what this administration...
BERNIE SANDERS: Yes, absolutely.
JUDY WOODRUFF: So, and what would that do?
I mean, are the Russians going to stop -- are you saying that's going to stop them from...
BERNIE SANDERS: Well, I can't give you a blueprint.
JUDY WOODRUFF: ... hacking?
I mean...
BERNIE SANDERS: But we have a president who doesn't even acknowledge -- virtually doesn't
even acknowledge the reality of what they did.
Here is a -- Putin and his friends are trying to undermine American democracy and democracy
in Europe.
They have got to know that's not acceptable.
And the world has got to tell them they're going to pay a very heavy price for it.
JUDY WOODRUFF: A question about polls.
Joe Biden, you and he were running roughly one-two in the polls.
And then he got into the race officially.
He has surged into the lead.
You have slipped.
What's going on?
JUDY WOODRUFF: Is he appealing to the moderates among Democrats?
What's going on?
BERNIE SANDERS: I think you're going to see -- here's my prediction.
You're going to see polls that are very good for Joe and for Bernie and polls that are
not so good.
All I can tell you is that we are working really, really hard.
I'm very proud that we have over a million people who have volunteered to work on our
I think, in our campaign, you're going to see an unprecedented grassroots effort, not
only to help me win the primary and beat Trump, but really to take on the powerful special
interests, who control so much of the economic and political life of our country.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Are you at all concerned he appeals more to the moderates in the Democratic
BERNIE SANDERS: I think, at the end of the day, we're going to be fine, because I think
our message will appeal to working people.
We had polls out there that showed us, by the way, winning in Pennsylvania, winning
in Michigan, winning in Wisconsin.
And I think we're going to appeal to the heartland -- I was just in Iowa the other day -- because
our message of standing up for the working class in this country, which has been ignored
for so long, I think will resonate.
And I think people are seeing that Trump is a phony.
He told the American people he would guarantee health care to everybody.
Then he wanted to throw 32 million people off of health care.
He wouldn't cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
His budget did exactly that.
So, we are going to expose Trump for the fraud that he is.
We have a message that will appeal to working people, black and white and Latino, all over
this country.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Senator Bernie Sanders, thank you very much.
We look forward to watching you on the trail.
BERNIE SANDERS: Thank you very much, Judy.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And now to another Democratic contender.
Our Amna Nawaz has been on a reporting trip to Iowa.
Last night, she caught up with former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke.
And here is part of what he had to say.
AMNA NAWAZ: There's a comment you made early in an interview that has kind of stuck with
you, is the idea of being born to be in this, born to do this.
People have said it about you, too.
BETO O'ROURKE (D), Presidential Candidate: Yes.
AMNA NAWAZ: And when it came across to a lot of people -- you are, in a diverse field of
candidates, a straight white man.
It sounded little entitled.
So I wonder how you look back on that now.
How -- what do you explain to people...
AMNA NAWAZ: ... who say that maybe wasn't the right thing to say?
Well, I hope that you read the entire article, because I didn't say that I was born to be
president of the United States.
Whoever decides the headlines on the magazines made that choice.
What I said is that I feel like I was born to serve people, you know, a small business
owner, creating jobs in El Paso, meeting a payroll week in, week out.
I'm not entitled to anything.
Every vote, every caucus-goer will be earned by showing up, showing profound respect, by
listening to their concerns, learning from them, but also showing up with the courage
of our convictions, talking about what this country needs to do at this pivotal, pivotal,
defining moment.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And stay tuned for more of Amna's reporting from Iowa soon.
And join us tomorrow for a conversation with another 2020 contender, former Maryland Congressman
John Delaney.


Bernie Sanders 談與中國貿易戰、健保與學生債務 (Bernie Sanders on trade with China, health care and student debt)

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