A new audience for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, as the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate answered questions in a Fox News Channel town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Sanders fielded questions from from Fox News anchors Bret Baier and Martha McCallum, as well as residents of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley in the audience.
“I think you talk to the people of Bethlehem and Burlington, Vermont and say, ‘what’s on your mind’?,” Sanders said. “Well, you know what? Among other things, if you work 40 hours a week, people don’t want to live in poverty. We’ve got to raise that minimum wage to a living wage.”
Inside the former manufacturing plant for Bethlehem Steel, Sanders brought up a way to help offset losses of heavy manufacturing jobs in recent years.
“We have a moral responsibility, in my view, to transform our energy system and leave this planet healthy and habitable for our children and grandchildren,” he said. “And by the way, when we do that, we create millions of good-paying jobs.”
Sanders described health care as a human right, not a privilege.
“I believe that there is something embarrassingly wrong when the United States of America is the only major country on Earth not to guarantee health care,” he said.
Under Sanders’ Medicare For All concept, health care is free at the point of use…but that doesn’t mean it’s free, period.
“Are people going to pay more in taxes? Yes,” he said. “But at the end of the day, the overwhelming majority of people are going to end up paying less for health care because they’re not paying premiums, copayments and deductibles.”
And with the U.S. the runaway world leader in military spending, he called for spending at the Department of Defense to be reined in.
“There’s something wrong when the Pentagon is the only major agency of government that has not undertaken or completed a major audit,” Sanders said.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted about Sanders’ apperance, referring to him as “Crazy Bernie”:
So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on @FoxNews. Not surprisingly, @BretBaier and the “audience” was so smiley and nice. Very strange, and now we have @donnabrazile? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 16, 2019
Sanders will campaign in Greenville, South Carolina this Friday.