Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders reiterated his previous claims that “billionaires should not exist” during Tuesday night’s joint CNN-New York Times Democratic primary debate.
Pressed by moderator Erin Burnett if his goal is “to tax billionaires out of existence,” Sanders answered that is “exactly what [he believes].” (RELATED: Zuckerberg ‘Understands’ Bernie’s Opinion that Billionaires Shouldn’t Exist)
The Vermont senator remarked that when you “have three people owning more wealth than the bottom half of theAmerican society, that is a moral and economic outrage.”
“The truth is, we cannot afford to continue this level of income and wealth inequality, and we cannot afford a billionaire class whose greed and corruption has been at war with the working families of this country for 45 years,” he continued. “If you are asking me, do I think we should demand that the wealthy start paying – the wealthiest, the top 1% – start paying their fair share of taxes so we can create a nation and a government that works for all of us, yes, that’s exactly what I believe.”
Oddly enough, the next question of the night went to business Tom Steyer, the newest entrant into the primary race who has a net worth of $1.6 billion.