closeVideoFox News hosts a town hall with Bernie Sanders
Sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., put me on a Fox News town hall in Bethlehem, Pa., on Monday evening, on his presidential campaign.
The 77-year-old covered topics including taxes, immigration, health care, and his age, which he discussed with Fox News’ Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum during the hour-long program.
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Here is a look at some of the most buzzworthy moments from the broadcast.
“I paid the taxes I owed” –Video
Early in the program, Sanders was asked about the 10 years worth of tax returns, which he had published, shortly before the program, showed, that he had an adjusted gross income of $561,293 in the year 2018, on which he paid a 26 percent effective tax rate.
Baier, asked Sanders why he holds in his Hand, on his wealth rather than denial of deductions or write a check to the Treasury Department-because Sanders had said that he was against Trump – tax bill, which he benefited.
“Pff, come on. I paid the taxes that I owe,” replied Sanders. “Why don’t you Donald Trump and ask him how much he pays taxes?”
“Hey, President Trump, my wife and I have just the 10 years. Please do the same. Let the American people know,” he continued, as the audience applauded.
“Follow me around the election campaign”
To enter as one of the oldest candidates in the 2020 race, Sanders added, the question of his age is a fair question, but said he has “continued to my endurance.”
MacCallum asked the senator what he would say to voters who say that he is “too old” to be President.
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“Follow me around the election campaign,” he answered quickly.
The senator added that his experience in the government and what he believes are really all that are important.
US healthcare reform is “embarrassing false”
The senator discussed the health care in the United States, he said, is “embarrassing wrong.”
Although MacCallum asked whether the health care for all would mean higher taxes, Sanders fired back, without health insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles, the people would save money.
However, he did admit that “health can not be free,” finally agreeing that some people would have to pay higher taxes to pay for universal health care.
“I respect you”
In the vicinity of the end of the town hall, Sanders the question of freshman members of Congress, Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., anyone who has been accused of anti-Semitic language, even by some fellow Democrats.
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Sanders, who is Jewish, said he didn’t think that Omar is anti-Semitic, instead of just say: “I respect you.”
“It is not anti-Semitic is to be added to be critical of a right-wing government in Israel,” he said.
“I think that happens very, very rarely”
When he was asked whether he abortion support up to the moment of birth, Sanders replied: “I think that happens very, very rarely and I think this is a political Problem.”
“At the end of the day, I think that the decision about abortion belongs to a woman and her doctor and not the government,” Sanders.
Fox News’ Jennifer Earl and Gregg Re contributed to this report.