Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says, “I fully admit to having a big ego.”
In an interview on ABC’s “This Week” with co-anchor Martha Raddatz, Sanders reveled that he thinks his campaign was “now gaining the attention of Wall Street.”
Raddatz said to Sanders, “You quoted with pride a Wall Street Journal article calling you a viable candidate, saying, ‘It appears that we are making Wall Street a little bit nervous and that’s a good thing.'”
Explaining that the article quoted Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman saying the markets are unsettled because of Sanders, Raddatz noted that Sanders laughed.
“You’re laughing but I want to know why is it a good thing that markets are in turmoil,” Raddatz asked Sanders. “People have their pension funds in the market. Lots of middle class people have their 401(k)s invested in stock.”
Sanders replied, “The reason that I am laughing is that I fully admit to having a big ego. Like many other politicians. But the idea that Bernie Sanders’ candidacy, because that it has growing support all over this country, is unsettling world markets, is absolutely absurd.”
“The point that I was making is we are getting the attention of Wall Street,” Sanders said. “Wall Street’s greed and recklessness and illegal behavior drove this economy into the worst recession since the Great Depression. Millions of people lost their homes, their life savings, and their jobs. And, yes, I believe that we have to break up the major financial institutions. We have to reestablish Glass-Steagall. And that we are now gaining the attention of Wall Street tells me that our campaign is doing very well.”