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MSNBC Anchor Cuts Off Republican Senator

Thomas Roberts allows socialist Bernie Sanders to opine on Obamacare without rebuttal

• October 4, 2012 12:03 pm

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THOMAS ROBERTS: So, Senators, I want to get you on the record about what came up about Obamacare last night and the arguments that were made back and forth on that front. Who made the better argument about where we stand and what we need as a nation healthcare wise?

SANDERS: Well, first of all, I think what we saw last night was Mr. Romney as an etch-a-sketch. When he was running in the Republican primary, he moved to the right. Yesterday he pretended to be somewhat of a centrist. But here's the point, let's be clear: Romney won the performance debate last night, no question about it. But in terms of policy, let me ask Sen. Hutchison, Romney will cut Social Security. And I believe Sen. Hutchison agrees with him. Romney will convert Medicare into a voucher program, which will be a disaster for senior citizens who are ill. Romney — let me finish please, he will make devastating cuts in Medicaid throwing millions and millions of children off of health insurance. Romney, at a time when we have the most unequal distribution of wealth and income since the 1920s will give huge, huge tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires while devastating programs that working families need. That is the policy position of Romney. Yes, he did very well in his performance; the president did not do so well. But in terms of the essence of what he stands for, he's going to protect the wealthy at the expense of virtually everybody else.

ROBERTS: Sen. Hutchison, I have to go. I have to leave the last word right there. But we have two more debates to go.

HUTCHISON Oh, no, surely you're not going to let him get by with that without a response.

ROBERTS: Sen. Hutchison, I have to go. We have two more debates.

HUTCHISON: that is absolutely false what he has said. I’m sorry I can't respond.

ROBERTS: we'll leave the last word there. Sen. Bernard Sanders, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, thank you.