Posted 5 years ago on June 26, 2015, 9:56 a.m. EST by factsrfun
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"But then the senator got into a little trouble. Asked to name three specific positions Sanders holds that make him unelectable, McCaskill, a moderate Democrat, was put in the awkward position of criticizing policies supported by many in her party.
"He would like to see Medicare for all in this country," McCaskill said, adding that Sanders "would like to see expansion of entitlement." She further argued that Sanders is "not worried about a debt at all. He is somebody who is, I think, frankly, against trade. Against a lot of things in this day and age."
Sanders supports instituting universal health care through a single-payer system. He has been critical of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a major U.S. pact being negotiated with 11 Pacific nations that Sanders says will exacerbate income inequality and erode important regulations. And he wants to expand Social Security benefits by raising taxes on the extremely wealthy, a position he argues is supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans.
Who else would like to expand Social Security? Why, Claire McCaskill. In fact, the Missouri senator co-sponsored a bill with Sanders in 2011 that would have >applied a payroll tax on incomes over $250,000 a year -- all with the aim of making >Social Security more robust."