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Bernie Sanders Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley interview

5 May, 2014

Senator Sanders discusses the minimum wage debate, poverty in the United States, and presidential politics in this interview for PBS.

Well first of all, let’s be very clear. You have many, many Republicans, and I don’t think most Americans know this, but you have many Republicans from the Koch brothers on down who not only do not want to raise the minimum wage, their view is that we should abolish the concept of the minimum wage. That means if you’re in a high unemployment area and an employer offers you three bucks an hour, then that’s what the wage will be. But the bottom line for the Republicans in general, it’s the same old story.