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Bernie Sanders: More Important Issues Than Recount

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Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said the Green Party's recount effort in three states where President-elect Donald Trump won 1 percent--or less--of the vote are not important, especially since the recount likely won't show a different result.

The interview can be seen in the video below,

"Nobody cares,” Sanders told CNN when pressed to talk about the Republican Party's criticism of the recount effort, which the Clinton campaign joined. “The Green Party has the legal right. We have recounts, probably almost every election there's a recount. No one expects there to be profound change but there's nothing wrong with going through the process.”

Earlier in the interview, Sanders suggested that the recount effort, which even the White House said wouldn't change the results, took attention away from more important matters related to Trump and his campaign promises.

“The issue seems to be right now at this particular moment in American history is whether Donald Trump is going to keep faith with the promises he made to the American people,” Sanders said. “During the campaign, he talked about the fact he would take on the pharmaceutical industry and lower drug prices in this country. And I'm a little bit nervous that I haven't heard too much about that since he's been elected. He said that Medicare should be able to negotiate prices with the drug companies and be able to import cheaper medicine from Canada and other countries.”

Sanders continued: “He made a very big deal about saying that he was the only Republican candidate in the primary to say that he would not cut social security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Let's see if he keeps his word and many of us are going to demand that he keeps the promises he made.”

Prominent Republicans such as House Speaker Paul Ryan have expressed their desire to privatize Medicare and Medicaid and create a “voucherized” system.

“I am terrified of vouchers,” Kim Ebb, a 92-year-old woman from Bethesda, Maryland, who has diabetes, atrial fibrillation and irritable bowel syndrome, told the New York Times. “You get a fixed amount of money to draw on for your expenses. Then you are on your own.” 

Sources: CNN, New York Times/ Photo Credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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