Bernie Sanders: America Is Not Great in Some ‘Very Significant Ways’

AUSTIN, TX - FEBRUARY 23: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign rally at Vic Mathias Shores Park on February 23, 2020 in Austin, Texas. With early voting underway in Texas, Sanders is holding four rallies in the delegate-rich state this weekend before traveling on to …
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Appearing Sunday evening on CBS News’ 60 Minutes, Democrat presidential frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) argued the United States is not a “great” country in several “very significant ways.”

A transcript is as follows: 

ANDERSON COOPER: Donald Trump got elected talking to white middle-class Americans, white working-class Americans, promising to–to make America great again. Your stump speech, your critics say, sounds like nothing works in America, hasn’t for generations. Is America great?

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: In many ways, we are. In some ways, very significant ways, we’re not. We’re not great when half of our people today are living paycheck to paycheck. When 500,000 people tonight are going to be sleeping out on the streets, including 30,000 veterans. You know, my father came to this country at the age of 17 without a nickel in his pocket. Couldn’t speak a word of English, had very limited education. We are a great nation, because people like my father would never have dreamed in a million years that their kids would become United States senators or be successful in many other ways.

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