Senator Bernie Sanders unloaded on former Gov. Jeb Bush and the Republican party at a speech in Washington on Thursday. Appearing before a crowd of about 500 people, at an event that was billed a “discussion of policy issues” and not a campaign rally, Sanders strongly criticized the party over several issues.
The most significant attack was over the recent disclosure that Bush has raised over $100 million.
Here are the key points of what the Vermont Independent, who is running for president as a Democrat, said during his forty minute speech:
1. Big money in politics is harming America.
"Today we learned that Jeb Bush's super PAC raised over $100 million dollars in a few months. And this money is clearly coming from the wealthiest people in this country, which raises the profound issue of this disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court Decision.
And the fact that Bush's donors, people like Sheldon Adelson, and most significantly the Koch brothers, their efforts are now undermining the foundations of American democracy which means to me that we must overturn this disastrous Citizens United decision."
2. Donors dictate the GOP and Bush's agenda.
“And it is no accident that Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates, who take huge amounts of money from the wealthy and powerful, come up with an agenda that represents the wealthy and the powerful.”
3. Bush and Republicans want to transform Social Security.
“Jeb Bush and virtually all other Republicans want to cut social security and in fact want to move to a privatization of social security.”
4. Republican economic ideas are out of the mainstream.
"Jeb Bush and the Republicans think this is a terrible idea. Why would you want to change a situation where somebody making $25,000 a year and working 60 hours a week could make overtime? What a terrible idea!
My point is on issue after issue, when you bring them out into the open, you find that the Republican party is literally a fringe party, whose views are so out of touch with the American people."
Each of these statements were received with loud applause, and even with standing ovations in a few instances.
After having spent the last few weeks speaking to huge crowds, Sanders' polling numbers have increased by 50% since the beginning of June: