There may be 10 candidates in Thursday night’s prime time Fox debate, but Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders thinks they will all be talking about the same thing.
“When you watch that debate just imagine if you are one of the wealthiest people in this country and extremely greedy and selfish, and you’re going to have 10 candidates more or less talking about your needs and not the needs of working people,” Sanders said in a recorded interview with Ari Rabin-Havt on SiriusXM’s Progress Channel.
Sanders believes he knows the agenda the GOP candidates will break down and it is in strong contrast with the one espoused by the Vermont senator.
Sanders, whose policies have associated him with socialism for decades, knocked the Republican focus on tax cuts and government spending.
“They want to give more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires at a time when the rich are getting much richer,” Sanders said. “They want to cut or privatize Medicare, cut Medicaid, cut education, cut the environmental protection agency.”
Sanders, who is one of the biggest Senate opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline — and who has criticized Hillary Clinton on not doing enough to combat climate change — knocked the GOP for its views on the issue.
“There may be one or two on there who actually have listened to the scientific community and think that climate change is real. Most of them refuse to accept that, and none of them are prepared to act aggressively to transform our energy system,” he said.
The top 10 polling Republican candidates will take the stage Thursday night for a two-hour debate in Cleveland, Ohio. A “happy hour” debate will take place at 5 p.m. for the candidates who didn’t make the top 10.