PLS REVIEW: Sanders Hits To:,,,,, more,,,,, Date: 2015-10-28 21:58 Subject: PLS REVIEW:
Sanders Hits 


Hi everyone, I wanted to us all on a single thread since this document could
serve multiple purposes. Attached are some hits that could either be written
or deployed during the next debate on Sanders. Note: these do not include
the college and $20 trillion cost of his plans since Policy is working on
them. Below is a quick summary of the hits that are in the document. It
might be having a call soon to discuss if people think it’s worth it. Per
HRC’s request, we are doing a deeper dive on Sanders’s agriculture record to
see if there is anything that could be problematic to Iowa. (As always, huge
credit to the team for their help building these out.) Also: Tyson has been
working on building out Sanders’s muted response to possible tar sand oil
traveling through a pipeline that goes through Maine, New Hampshire, and
Vermont. He found one letter he signed calling for an environmental study,
something Shaheen did as well. So, while he could point to that, his outrage
over potential tar sands in this pipeline is nowhere near his opposition to
the Keystone Pipeline. We can send around more details once it’s done, but
wanted to put that on the radar. *SUMMARY* *Labor/Pay to Play/Sugar -
*Sanders, often thought of as a champion of labor unions, accepted support
from a company while it was involved in a bitter labor dispute—locking out
union employees for nearly 22 months. In July 2012, he accepted $10,000 in
contributions from American Crystal Sugar, while the workers had been locked
out for nearly a year due to failed labor negotiations. The workers’ union
widely opposed the company’s contract proposal because it could have doubled
their out-of-pocket health care costs. At the same time American Crystal
Sugar was proposing to cut back on workers’ health benefits, it spent more
than $2 million in lobbying money and campaign contributions to politicians
like Sanders in order to preserve its favorable sugar commodity program.
Sanders voted to protect the sugar program. *Crime Bill –*Bernie Sanders’s
Presidential Campaign claimed it was researching statements made by Hillary
Clinton in support of the 1994 crime bill in order to attack her in the
Democratic Primary. But Sanders voted in support of the bill in 1994, and
repeatedly spoke in support of it. Then Rep. Sanders criticized opposition
to the bill and hoped President Clinton would be able to pass it.
Furthermore, in his 2006 campaign for Senate, Sanders’ campaign strongly
highlighted Sanders support for the 1994 crime bill. His campaign boasted of
the billions Sanders had provided to law enforcement since being elected,
and used his support of the 1994 crime bill to prove Sanders was “tough on
crime.” *Guns -* Sen. Sanders’s progressive bona fides are called into
question with his record on reducing gun violence. When he successfully ran
for the House in 1990, he got the tacit endorsement of the NRA after
pledging not to support the Brady Bill, which included waiting periods to
receive weapons. Once in the House, he kept his word, voting against the
legislation five times. Although he voted against the bill, he voted for an
amendment that created the so-called “Charleston loophole,” which allows
people to purchase a weapon after three days even if their background check
is incomplete. Later, Sanders, despite wanting to hold essentially every
corporation accountable for something (such as fast food companies
accountable for obesity), voted to protect gun manufacturers from legal
liability. He also voted to strip millions from gun research, something the
NRA has wanted to prevent officials from learning about gun violence. (NOTE:
This doesn’t include the guns from Vermont to New York) *LGBT (Marriage &
Civil Unions) - *Sen. Sanders is attacking Secretary Clinton, claiming she
has been inconsistent and late to supporting marriage equality. But Sanders
is rewriting history on his own record. In 2000, Sanders was reluctant to
take a clear stand on civil unions and marriage equality, and did not speak
out forcefully on the issue. Sanders called for an end to the divisiveness
of the opposition, saying there were “a dozen other issues out there that
are as important or more important as that issue.” While other Vermont
politicians were moving forward the cause, Sanders remained relatively
quiet. Moreover, his oft-touted opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act
omits Sanders’s reasoning: he thought DOMA injected the federal government
into a states issue. *Repealing Obamacare & Replacing it with State-Run
Single Payer - *Sen. Sanders has long advocated for a single payer,
Medicare-for-all health plan that is administered by the states. His plan
would repeal the Affordable Care Act, as well as Medicare, TRICARE,
Medicaid, and SCHIP. His proposal would cost roughly $15 trillion. Vermont
tried to implement a single payer plan but scrapped it because it would cost
too much. *Wall Street (Commodities Futures Modernization Act) - *Sen.
Sanders repeatedly touts his opposition to the repeal of Glass-Steagall.
What he fails to mention is that he voted for the legislation that included
the Commodities Futures Modernization Act, signed into law by President
Clinton. The Act exempted regulation of credit default swaps and
derivatives. Sanders himself blamed the CFMA for Lehman’s bankruptcy.
Sanders’s spokesperson said he voted for the bill because it was part of a
larger bill that would have shut down the government had it not passed.
*Ethanol - *Sanders has voted to end ethanol subsidies. He hedged his answer
on the Renewable Fuel Standard including ethanol earlier in 2015, but has
subsequently come out in support. *Export-Import Bank - *Sanders is a long
critic of the Export-Import bank, calling it corporate welfare. However,
roughly 3,000 small businesses rely on loans from the bank. *Nuclear Energy
- *Sanders voted for a waste removal compact that moved radioactive waste
from Maine and Vermont to a dump site near a tiny community in Sierra
Blanca, Texas. Sanders said the compact was “good environmental policy” and
said he was “in strong support of the bill.” Critics of the deal said that
the site was not only environmentally unsound, but also near a small
community that was low income and largely Hispanic. The compact was opposed
by LULAC and the NAACP, and a local opponent to the deal called it
"environmental racism." NOTE: President Clinton signed the bill in 1997.
*Immigration* - Sanders’s record on immigration is mixed. While he voted for
the 2013 comprehensive bill, he opposed the McCain-Kennedy comprehensive
bill. Sanders’s objection was over guest worker program which he said drove
down wages for American workers. As recent as this summer, Sanders used
similar language about low-skill (and even high-skill) immigrants drive down
wages for American citizens. Immigration advocates criticized him for those
comments. *Sanders Not Straight on His Tax Plan -* Sen. Sanders has not told
the American people how much he is going to raise taxes and who is going to
pay for them. When confronted on details of his tax plan, he simply says
“it’s coming.” When he is asked what the highest rate would be, he demurs.
*Sanders Not Straight on His Spending - *Sen. Sanders has not told the
American people how much his plans will cost and how he will pay for them.
When asked for specifics, he demurs. When other estimates show trillions in
new spending, he simply rejects them without offering his own estimate. 




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