I had to stop watching the Republican debate

By: Bernie Sanders

Last night, it took nearly two hours for the Republican debate to even briefly touch on an important issue: raising the minimum wage in this country from $7.25 an hour. The American people overwhelmingly want to raise the minimum wage, but not a single candidate embraced the idea with the same enthusiasm.

The truth is, once again, if you are one of the wealthiest people in this country, you had eleven candidates on the stage talking about your needs for almost three and a half hours. The rich are getting richer and everyone else is getting poorer, yet for what seemed like an eternity, all they could talk about was not letting women control their own bodies and defunding Planned Parenthood. If you are a veteran or military family member, there was a lot of talk about more money for war and confrontation, but no conversation about how the cost of war continues long after the last service member has returned home from overseas.

I think that’s one of the reasons our campaign is doing so well. We are willing to talk about the issues that matter in the lives of all Americans, and not just a handful of special interests and wealthy campaign contributors.

And all throughout last night’s debate, I kept thinking about some of the people I’ve met and stories I’ve received since our campaign began. Like the young mother from California who wrote me a few weeks ago saying:

“I’m 25 years old and about to have my first daughter. I want her to be able to go to college without going into insane amounts of debt. I want her to be able to get the healthcare she needs to stay happy and healthy.”

Or the printing company worker in upstate New York who wrote to me saying:

“I am paid $10.00 an hour for the past 2 years in a customer service role. I have 2 sons and cannot afford the daycare bill for them by myself. I’ve been forced to move home with my parents as my $650 paychecks after tax are not enough to live on with paying $500 for daycare just to go to work.”

Today, we live in the richest country in the history of the world, but that reality means little when people who work 40 hours a week are living in poverty, and hundreds of thousands of young people are forced to give up their dream of going to college because it is too expensive.

The good news is, this is a nation we can rebuild together. And I am asking you to join me in this campaign to build a future for all of us, and not just a few on the top.

Make a contribution to our campaign if you’re ready for a political revolution that creates a country in which children aren’t living in poverty, kids can go to college, and seniors have health care.

The truth is, I had to give up on the debate after two and a half hours. This country and our planet face enormous problems, and the Republican candidates on that stage last night barely touched upon them.

There was no discussion about racial justice, income inequality, or making college more affordable. Nothing about child poverty, parental leave, or ensuring that every American can retire with dignity. And with virtually every campaign backed by an enormous Super PAC (except Trump who is his own Super PAC), you can be sure there was no discussion of the grotesque amount of spending corrupting our political process.

And when the candidates did touch on actual issues, they were dead wrong on virtually every position they took.

In less than a month, we’ll have our chance at the first Democratic presidential debate. But I’ll need your support to keep growing our political revolution between now and then.

That’s why your contribution is so important.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

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7 Comments on "I had to stop watching the Republican debate"

  1. Thanks, Bernie! I totally agree with your comments here. I’m a 69 year-old woman who has worked her entire life. I was a professional. I worked for a university. I did everything right. Then, six months after I retired, my son got cancer. He had no health insurance. All of my retirement savings went to get him well. I have absolutely no regrets, but how am I supposed to live on Social Security alone now? I can’t. And I don’t feel like anybody cares. Except you. Thanks for all you do.

  2. elizabeth fenimore | September 17, 2015 at 5:57 pm | Reply

    I am a 62 year old woman, I have worked since I was 14 years old.
    I need a hip replacement, I am living on social security.
    My savings was spent on medical care for my grandson, who is TYPE 1 Diabetic (diagnosed at 14 months) and AUTISTIC.
    I would not change anything…
    however, I receive $901 a month in Social Security, my rent is $450.00
    I receive $39 in food stamp benefits per month.
    I am wondering, if the THUG CONS take more money out of Social Security, how will people like me survive?
    Perhaps the GOP does not want people like us to survive.
    This is the only conclusion I can come to.
    I am voting BERNIE SANDERS in 2016!!!

  3. Cathy Cowan Becker | September 17, 2015 at 6:18 pm | Reply

    I waited 2.5 hours for the Republican candidates to get around to talking about climate change, which if left unmitigated poses an existential threat to civilization. They spent all of three minutes on it, and as you said, everything they said was dead wrong. Other countries such as China and the EU are doing as much or more than we are to act on climate. Renewable energy industries create lots of jobs that cannot be outsourced, and they don’t raise electricity rates because sunshine and wind are free! And if Marco Rubio thinks that acting on climate will “make it harder for Americans to live, work, and support their families,” he should try the floods, droughts, fires, and storms that result from not acting. It boggles the mind that these people could stand there in a state that is on fire and running out of water, and claim climate change is not an issue. I support Bernie because he listens to the scientists and will give this problem the attention it deserves.

  4. I hear you Senator. my wife (I can say that now) won’t let me watch anything to do with the GOP. I have high BP and have lost all the patience I once had for the uninformed uneducated people that walk among us. you are 10 years older than I but I do not consider you my senior I consider you my equal. I will support you in every way I am able because I know you will do the same for me when you become POTUS.

  5. CNN hosted the debate, and it set the agenda for discussion. A good deal of the blame should be put on the network for not asking tough questions about Democratic talking points. But, blaming Republicans and the “billionaire class” conveniently perpetuates a false left vs. right dichotomy that is useful for keeping people asleep and unable to see the bigger threats. I wish you would step outside of that false dichotomy, Bernie, because you have the people’s attention and could do some good with it.

    • I would have to disagree with your assertion that he (Bernie) perpetuates a false left-right dichotomy. In my opinion, he perpetuates a true evaluation of an oligarchic system that is rapidly being assembled and perpetuated by many of those on the Right AND the Left.

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