Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the Politics & Eggs at New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
UPDATED 4:20 PM PT — Saturday, February 8, 2020
Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is denouncing the influence of “big money” in American politics. On Friday, Sanders took a swipe at his political rivals Michael Bloomberg and President Trump, saying they have billions of dollars to spend on their campaigns.
He said he is proud of the six million contributions he has already received, which averaged less than $20 dollars each. The senator also called on the nation’s working class for support.
“Which side are you on?” asked Sanders. “Are you willing to take on the greed and corruption of the billionaire class and the one percent?”
His remarks come ahead of next Tuesday’s Democrat primary in New Hampshire, where he’s currently leading in some polls. Sanders reportedly retained 12 primary delegates following this week’s Iowa caucus.
At the most recent Democrat debate, the senator called out fellow presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who he claimed “gets a lot of money” from billionaires.
“Billionaires, by the dozen, are contributing to Pete Buttigieg’s campaign. Now, I like Pete. He’s a smart guy, he’s a nice guy. But if we are serious about political change in America, that change is not going to be coming from somebody who gets a lot of money from the CEOs of the pharmaceutical industry.” – Bernie Sanders, (D-VT.)
Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., shake hands on stage Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, before the start of a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News, Apple News, and WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Meanwhile, the premier of Ontario, Canada, has said Sanders’ presidential campaign is “scary.” Doug Ford slammed the senator on Friday, saying socialism and high taxes don’t work.
“Could you do me a favor and talk to Bernie Sanders about whether or not socialism works?” he asked. “That’s actually scary.”
He said he hopes this year’s presidential election in the U.S. “goes the right way,” and added, “literally, the right way.”
“You know, I always say socialism doesn’t work, raising taxes does not work,” said Ford. “Lowering taxes with people and with businesses, that’s how we thrive in our province and right across in the United States.”