Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

2016 Postmortem

Showing Original Post only (View all)


(20,958 posts)
Wed Feb 24, 2016, 01:51 PM Feb 2016

Bernie Sanders Ties Hillary Clinton to Poverty Caused by Welfare Reform [View all]


Bernie Sanders Ties Hillary Clinton to Poverty Caused by Welfare Reform

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont began his day of campaigning Wednesday by criticizing Hillary Clinton’s support of welfare reform in 1996, accusing her of backing legislation that ultimately increased poverty levels and led more Americans to face economic anxiety.


“What welfare reform did, in my view, was to go after some of the weakest and most vulnerable people in this country,” Mr. Sanders said. “And, during that period. I spoke out against so-called welfare reform because I thought it was scapegoating people who were helpless, people who were very, very vulnerable. Secretary Clinton at that time had a very different position on welfare reform — strongly supported it and worked hard to round up votes for its passage.”

Mr. Sanders said that since the legislation was signed into law, the number of families living in extreme poverty has more than doubled. He said that if elected, he would work to reverse that trend.

“What we are going to do in this country if I have anything to say about it is to say if somebody works 40 hours a week, that person is not going to live in poverty,” Mr. Sanders said, adding that he would raise the federal minimum wage to $15. “Today the minimum wage of $7.25 is nothing less than a starvation wage.”

42 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
YES!!!!! grasswire Feb 2016 #1
the dogwhistle has always been: "those lazy minorities" nashville_brook Feb 2016 #2
I'm happy that he is working to hold her accountable. grasswire Feb 2016 #4
he's getting down to business and it's a beautiful thing to see. nashville_brook Feb 2016 #6
he will be accused of beating up on her grasswire Feb 2016 #7
A'Whistle" That Is "Tuned" To Be "Selectively Heard And Understood." CorporatistNation Feb 2016 #32
Good! Too bad the networks didn't show this speech, they were too busy talking about Trump. jillan Feb 2016 #3
and if Trump wins the script will be "oh you terrible Sanders supporters" nashville_brook Feb 2016 #5
Bernie is starting to fight back. His numbers will only go up. n/t PonyUp Feb 2016 #8
and Brock will squeal ever so loudly. nashville_brook Feb 2016 #11
He knows well how to campaign - while we, his supporters, get impatient, closeupready Feb 2016 #18
Agreed. yourpaljoey Feb 2016 #30
K&R CharlotteVale Feb 2016 #9
Truth bomb... Incoming!! AzDar Feb 2016 #10
Tell it like it is Bernie! libtodeath Feb 2016 #12
It's so true. Cobalt Violet Feb 2016 #13
we're still dealing with the fallout. every homeless family -- that's fallout. nashville_brook Feb 2016 #15
Hillary was not an elected official in 1996. He's quite livetohike Feb 2016 #14
as if she didn't push her husband's Welfare Reform Act tk2kewl Feb 2016 #16
quote from the book of Hillary... tk2kewl Feb 2016 #17
she whipped votes and owns that. so sorry! nashville_brook Feb 2016 #23
He can't lie, Bernie=Jesus shenmue Feb 2016 #25
I've been waiting for this. I hope it's not too late. 99th_Monkey Feb 2016 #19
You mean the law that Bernie voted FOR??? nt Jitter65 Feb 2016 #20
Sanders voted against Welfare Reform TTUBatfan2008 Feb 2016 #21
nice try. NEXT! nashville_brook Feb 2016 #22
What? Do you care to cite proof of that? beam me up scottie Feb 2016 #38
An important contrast. Orsino Feb 2016 #24
Not really. shenmue Feb 2016 #27
they will be judged by their works. nashville_brook Feb 2016 #28
Really. Orsino Feb 2016 #40
HUGE K & R !!! - THANK YOU !!! WillyT Feb 2016 #26
I hope he does try to trot out that lame attack in the next debate. oasis Feb 2016 #29
So many people hurt by this mountain grammy Feb 2016 #31
K & R! TIME TO PANIC Feb 2016 #33
Yes, it's about time zentrum Feb 2016 #34
Welfare reform .... Not a Fan Feb 2016 #35
she was quite desperate to get back in the game and whipped votes -- nice try. nashville_brook Feb 2016 #36
+1,000,000. winter is coming Feb 2016 #37
That's go-along-to-get-along for you. Orsino Feb 2016 #39
+++* KNR for truth. n/t DirkGently Feb 2016 #41
kick! nt PonyUp Feb 2016 #42
Latest Discussions»Retired Forums»2016 Postmortem»Bernie Sanders Ties Hilla...»Reply #0