Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders attacked his Republican rivals at a rally in Littleton, New Hampshire on Aug. 26, saying that the GOP’s definition of family values is code for an underlying meaning within the party.
“Many of my Republican colleagues who come through New Hampshire and Iowa and so forth, they often talk about family values,” Sanders said.
“They just love families. But all of you know what they mean by family values. And what they mean by family values is that the women of this country should not have the right to control their own bodies. I disagree,” he said to the rousing crowd.
“What they mean by family values is that women are not smart enough to be able to purchase the contraceptives they need. I disagree,” he continued.
“And furthermore, what they mean by family values is that our gay brothers and sisters should not be able to get married or enjoy the other benefits of the American legal system. I disagree,” Sanders said to his listeners.
“When we talk about family values, what we mean is the United States should end the international embarrassment of being the only major country on Earth that does not guarantee family and medical leave to all of our families,” he added.
Later in the day, Sanders traveled north to Conway, N.H. to present similar talking points to onlookers. At that stop, he was interviewed by a local news station about the high turnout at his campaign rallies and the potential presidential campaign of Vice President Joe Biden.
“I think we’ve got a real path to victory,” Sanders said. “The turnouts that we are seeing all over New Hampshire are just fantastic.”
When asked about a Biden candidacy, Sanders remained optimistic about his campaign.
“If he (Biden) gets into this race, all I can tell you is we will continue to run an issue-oriented campaign on the issues facing the American people. What the political ramifications of that are, nobody knows,” Sanders added.
In a recent poll of New Hampshire Democratic voters, Sanders was in first place with Clinton not far behind in second.