Bernie Sanders: Hillary Clinton Is ‘The Problem’ [VIDEO]

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Bernie Sanders says he thinks Hillary Clinton is the problem for House Democrats trying to win elections in 2016.

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd on Sunday, Sanders defended criticism from House Minority Leader [crscore]Nancy Pelosi[/crscore] who insisted, “We’re not running on any platform of raising taxes,” like what Sanders has called for. Sanders then argued that Clinton is “the problem” because of her ties to Wall Street. (RELATED:Top Seven Reasons Why Bernie Should Terrify Hillary [Infographic])

The segment began with Todd playing a clip from Clinton’s rally in Des Moines, Iowa from last Friday where she said, “I don’t want us to be thrown back into a terrible, terrible national debate. I don’t want us to end up in gridlock. People can’t wait. People have health emergencies can’t wait for us to have some theoretical debate about some better idea that will never ever come to pass.”

Todd then told Sanders, “Senator, I would say the biggest difference between her supporters and your supporters, is her supporters will say, ‘You know, I really like what Senator Sanders is trying to talk about but he can’t get his plans passed.'”

Sanders replied, “Well, first of all, what Secretary Clinton has implied throughout this campaign or last month or two that somehow I–who spent my life fighting for universal health care to guarantee health care to every man, woman and child, to have the United States join the rest of the industrialized world in making health care as a right–somehow I’m going to dismantle the health care system and leave millions of children without health care, or elderly people without health care.”

“That is absolutely an outrageous and incorrect statement,” Sanders insisted. “Of course that will never happen. But at a time when we are spending three times more per person on health care than the people in the United Kingdom, far more than the people in other countries, we pay the highest costs for prescription drugs than the people elsewhere, yes, I think our vision is to move forward to guarantee health care to every man, woman and child in a cost effective way.”

“But obviously to pay for it, and to pay for a lot of your ideas, you’re going to be raising some taxes,” Todd argued. “Nancy Pelosi, head of the House Democrats said this: ‘We’re not running on any platform of raising taxes.’ It was an implied sort of she didn’t want you at the top of the ticket with those House Democrats. What do you tell her?”

“Chuck, let’s just look at the facts. The facts are that we are spending far more than other countries on health care,” Sanders claimed. “My proposal will save middle class families thousands of dollars a year on their health care costs. Most people tell me, yes, they would be happy to pay $1,000 more in taxes if they’re paying $5,000 less in health care premiums. So, you know, this is an issue where we have got to control health care costs, guarantee health care to all people and do what every other major country on earth is doing. We have got to take on the drug companies who are ripping us off and the private insurance companies.”

“And you don’t think you’re going to be a problem for House Democrats who don’t want to run on raising taxes?” Todd asked the Vermont Senator. (RELATED: Bernie Sanders Hits Hillary On Goldman Sachs Speaking Fees [VIDEO])

“No, I think in fact Hillary Clinton will be the problem. Because I think our campaign is the campaign that is generating excitement and energy that will result in a high voter turnout,” Sanders said. “Republicans win when voter turnout is low. Democrats win when voter turnout is high. I think our campaign is raising the issue about a rigged economy, a corrupt campaign finance system. Secretary Clinton yesterday just announced, I suppose with pride, that her Super Pac brought in $45 million. I don’t have a Super Pac. Our average contribution is 27 bucks.” (RELATED: Hillary Says She Has No Regrets About Taking Millions In Wall Street Speaking Fees [VIDEO])

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