tv Bernie Sanders Post- Rally News Conference CSPAN January 26, 2016 8:43pm-8:56pm EST
>> following the rally, senator sanders spoke with reporters out side. this is 10 minutes. number one, it is clear, i think everybody that way theaign has a long last nine months. i think some of you will recall that we began the campaign at 3% in the polls. 50-60 points behind secretary clinton. today, my impression is is that it is net and talk right here. we have a little bit of a lead in new hampshire. i think we're doing really great in south carolina and really well in nevada. to my mind.
we will win here in iowa if the voter turnout is high. frankly, if the voter turnout is not high we will be struggling. >sen. sanders: our job is to mae sure that that as many people as possible come out to vote in the iowa caucus, the first election in this presidential cycle. if that happens, i think we're going to do just fine. dohink, also what we need to is to reach out very significantly to nontraditional voters, the younger people, the working people, the many people have given up on the political process. if we are successful in doing that, if we are successful in bringing out the significant number of the over 50,000 people
in iowa who have come out to our rallies in our town meetings, well over 50,000, i think we'll had 60,000 by the end of this week, and if we can bring those people out, i think we will win here in iowa. the second point that i want to make is i had the privilege today to talk to a union that has been supportive of my political career from way back when. the united steelworkers of america, one of the great unions in this country. a couple of the points that i know the steelworkers and the american people are concerned about, areas where secretary clinton and i have differences of opinion, are areas such as trade policy, such as social security. here's the story with regard to social security, and it does not get the kind of attention in my view, that it deserves. we have over 50 million people in this country who are on social security. sadly, many millions of those
seniors, and disabled veterans are trying to get by on $12,000 or $13,000 a year, or less. and you can do the arithmetic as well as i can, people in this day and age cannot get by when you are 85 years of age, or what you are 90 years old on $12,000 a year or $13,000 a year. my are colleagues think we should cut social security. i think that that is a horrific and ugly idea. i believe we should expand social carry beth event and the way that you do that is to do what barack obama talked about in 2008. that is to lift the cap on taxable income for the top 1.5% people making more than $250,000 a year. you do that, we expand benefits by $1300 a year. for people making less than $15,000 on social security. that is my view, to the best of my knowledge, that is not
secretary clinton's view. i would hope that she would join me in standing up with the millions of seniors and disabled veterans were struggling on inadequate social security benefits. secondly, it is enormously important, you are looking at a senator and a former congressman who has led the efforts since his first day in congress back in the early 1990's against disastrous trade agreements like nafta, and china, and again ptt the my record on trade is very different than secretary clinton's. i'm glad that after talking ,bout how good the tpp would be finally under great pressure, she decided to oppose it. but i think it is a real area of disagreement. i have opposed all of these trade agreements, we have lost millions of jobs and corporations have shut down in america, and have gone into china and other low-wage countries.
if elected president, we will make fundamental changes to our trade policies, our demand is that we create good paying jobs in the united states of america, not china, not mexico, and other low-wage countries. those are two areas that i think there are real differences of opinion. our views on trade, our views on social security, and ultimately, our view as to which candidate is prepared to stand up to the greed and the responsibility of wall street and corporate america and create an economy that works for all of us, not just a handful of billionaires. ok, questions and go >> clearly have momentum and your messages reckitt -- resonating with groups like this in new hampshire and iowa, i am wondering with a backdrop of the e-mail investigation with the saying atw you regret the beginning that you did not give a dam about hillary clinton females? -- hillary clinton females?
?- emails sen. sanders: not at all. we are trying to run a different kind of campaign. one of dealing with the real issues facing the american people. the real issue is that the american middle class is disappearing and that almost all new income and wealth is going to the top 1% and that we have a correct campaign-finance system that allows billionaires to buy elections. i will talk about the issues impacting the middle class and working families. i will not be engaged in personal attacks and secretary clinton or anybody else. yes, ma'am? >> [indiscernible] when it comes to -- [indiscernible] sen. sanders: again, that is the same question.
you guys come i have to tell you this, with all due respect, i mean this, this is not what the american people want to hear. the american people are working 50-60 hours a week and their wages are going down. their kids will have a lower standard of living than they do. i do not want to get into these personal characterizations secretary clinton. let me repeat again, and i mean this from the bottom of my heart, i have known secretary clinton for 25 years, this is a distinct woman who has worked for many years. i like secretary clinton. we have differences of opinions on the important issues. --se are the kinds of campaign that i will wage. dealing with the issues that impact the american people and not making characterizations about my opponent. one at a time. >> [indiscernible] the difference is pretty simple. hillary clinton goes at raising money for her own super pac.
i do not have a super pac. and the best of all possible roles, which i hope to bring about, we will get rid of super pac's i will overturn citizens united. i do not have a super pac, i have never raised a nickel for a super pac, i do not want a super pac. that inaid earlier order to win iowa you need to increase voter turnout, how do you ensure that in concentrated areas like cedar falls --? sen. sanders: many small towns in the state of iowa, and your point is well taken, we have some fairly sophisticated people who know about the process here in iowa. and we understand that if we got all of our votes a certain communities, it will not do for us what has to be done. we are working hard, all over on the state of iowa and i think that work will pay off. one or two more questions. >> [indiscernible]
2008 raners: obama in a campaign which is really going to stay in the history books. it was an unbelievable campaign. in places they ran out of ballots, i understand. the turnout was so extraordinary that nobody expected it. do i think in this campaign that we are going to match that? i would love to see us do that, i hope that we can. friendly, i do not think we can. what obama did in 2008 was extorting her. but we are doing, and a member, we started our ground game and organization in iowa. a lot later than secretary clinton did. she was here in 2008, and has an experience that we do not have. she has done this once before, and we did not.
she has a very strong organization and i applaud her for that. but i will tell you that in the last couple of months, we have gained a whole lot of grounds. and again, i think we stand a real chance to create a large voter turnout, i doubt it will be as high as 2008. i wish it was, but i do not think it will be. i think it will be high enough for us to win here in iowa. thank you all very much. they're running late. thank you. >> bernie sanders or have a private meeting with president obama on wednesday at the white
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with c-span and join in on the conversation on c-span radio, and on c-span.org. next, of the nation magazine on progressive politics and campaign 2016. from washington journal, this is 45 minutes. to our website for more information. us from new york is the editor and publisher of the ,ation magazine, katrina heuvel good morning. who did you support? guest: we endorsed bernie sanders, for the third time in the nation's 103rd history, wayne forrest in the primaries in 1980 eight, jesse jackson. in 2008, barack obama. we believeecause