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Campaign Was Not Radical, Says Sanders, Just 'What Most Americans' Want

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Campaign Was Not Radical, Says Sanders, Just ‘What Most Americans’ Want

In exclusive sit-down with The Nation, former presidential contender opens up about his successes, fears, and the fight going forward

By: Lauren McCauley
Date: 2016-09-20

Bernie Sanders‘ presidential campaign proved to the corporate media and political elite that the progressive ideas he championed—healthcare for all, free college tuition, progressive taxation, a living wage—are not fringe ideas. In fact, as the senator explained in an exclusive interview with The Nation magazine, this is what most Americans want.

“I believed from my heart of hearts that the ideas I was talking about were not courageous, radical, bold ideas,” he told editor Katrina vanden Heuvel and national affairs correspondent John Nichols. “The ideas that I was talking about are what most Americans would support if they had the chance to hear these views, which they do not under normal circumstances.”

“You could watch CNN for the next 14 years, and you’re not going to hear a discussion about the need for a single-payer health-care system,” he continued. “You’re not going to see a critique of the drug companies, and you’re not going to hear much discussion about income and wealth inequality. My view was that if we could get out to the American people, get the exposure, make the personal contacts, we would do well.”

His primary concern entering the presidential race, he said, was “not want[ing] to run a campaign that would be counterproductive to the progressive vision that so many people in this country share.”

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