Democratic Presidential candidate and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont called out both the media and the GOP during a breakfast meeting with reporters on Thursday.
Sanders, an outspoken advocate for campaign finance reform and the removal of money as an influence on politics, blasted the media for its coverage of the 2016 campaign thus far.
“Campaigns are not baseball games,” he said. “What did I read in the paper today? Gov. Bush is getting a new campaign manager. You know who cares about that? About eight people in the world. Nobody cares about that.”
Sanders also questioned the way he’s portrayed in the media, saying that he feels he is often called a socialist with the implication that he has “a radical agenda.”
“In virtually every instance, what I am saying is supported by a significant majority of the American people,” he said. “I may be old-fashioned enough to believe that Congress might want to be representing a vast majority of our people ... and not just the Koch brothers and other campaign contributors."
Sanders said that if journalists want to call him a socialist, they should label his rivals “capitalists.”
During Thursday’s meeting, Sanders expressed his objection to the power money has in politics, adding that as President he would nominate justices to the Supreme Court who would overturn campaign finance rulings like Citizens United.
“I don’t want the money of billionaire class, which is very easy for me to say because I would not get their money even if I wanted it,” he said.
Sanders also called for more primary debates, saying that candidates of both parties should be debating each other instead of just candidates within the same party.
“It’s a good idea to have a group of Democrats and a group of Republicans,” he said. “I think the Republicans, frankly, have gotten away with murder. I think people really do not know what their agenda is.”
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