In an interview with CBS’ Face the Nation, Bernie Sanders vowed to overturn the “disasterous” Citizens United ruling.
Sanders, a self-described “Democratic Socialist” and noted opponent of Wall Street and money in politics, was asked by Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer if he thought he would be able to beat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016.
“The answer is yes,” Sanders said. “Because there is massive dissatisfaction in this country today with corporate establishment and the greed of corporate America, and the incredibly unequal distribution of wealth and income which currently exists."
Sanders added that he plans to take on the Citizens United ruling, which allows unprecedented spending during campaigns.
“As a result of this disastrous Supreme Court Citizens United decisions, clearly, the billionaires -- Koch brothers and others -- are owning the political process,” he said. “They will determine the political process.
“If elected president, I will have a litmus test in terms of my nominee to be a Supreme Court justice,” Sanders added. “And that nominee will say that we are going to overturn this disastrous Supreme Court decision on Citizens United. Because that decision is undermining American democracy. I do not believe that billionaires should be able to buy politicians.”
During the interview, Sanders was also asked about Clinton’s announcement that she would form a Super PAC out of necessity.
“I understand where she's coming from," Sanders said. "I will not have a super PAC. We have had 200,000 people go to BernieSanders.com to sign up for the campaign. We've had close to 90,000 contributions. Do you know what the average contribution was? It's about $43,” he said.
“I don't think we're going to outspend Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush or anybody else," Sanders added. "But I think we are going to raise the kinds of money that we need to run a strong and winning campaign."
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