Sanders: Warren Is a Capitalist Through Her Bones, I Am Not

Sunday show round-up

October 13, 2019

This week on the Sunday news shows: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) draws distinctions between himself and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Rep. Jim Himes (D., Conn.) talks impeachment, and former secretary of defense James Mattis issues a warning on Syria.

Sanders: Warren Is a Capitalist Through Her Bones, I Am Not

Appearing on ABC's This Week, Sanders said that Warren considers herself a "capitalist through her bones," while he does not.

"I think business as usual, doing it the old-fashioned way, is not good enough," he said.

Warren has become the 2020 Democratic frontrunner while largely allying herself with Sanders on issues of health care and tax policy. Sanders, who has struggled to differentiate himself from Warren, said he is the only candidate who will take on systemic corruption.

"I am, I believe, the only candidate who's going to say to the ruling class of this country, the corporate elite, 'enough, enough with your greed and with your corruption,'" he said. "We need real change in this country."

Sanders added that Warren's commitment to capitalism makes her unable to reform the system he wishes to dismantle through a "revolution."

"I will not tolerate for one second the kind of greed, and corruption, and income and wealth inequality, and so much suffering that is going on in this country," he said.

Himes Explains Why Impeachment Inquiry Is Happening Behind Closed Doors

Himes said that the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump is happening behind closed doors to allow for free conversation, and to keep witnesses from coordinating testimony.

"When you're interviewing people who were around the president, political supporters of the president, you don't want them to be able to look at each other's testimony and coordinate testimony," Himes said on ABC's This Week. "These are a group of people who have shown they have no problem lying if they think it serves their interest. You don't want to give them the opportunity to look at what they're saying and therefore coordinate their stories."

Himes also said that the most important reason for closed-door testimony is to speak about classified information before releasing it to the public in redacted form.

Mattis: ISIS Will Resurge If U.S. Doesn’t Keep Up the Pressure

Former secretary of defense James Mattis said ISIS will "resurge" in Syria if the United States does not keep pressure up in the region.

"We have got to keep the pressure on ISIS so they don't recover," Mattis said on NBC's Meet the Press. "We may want a war over, we may even declare it over. You can pull your troops out, as President Obama learned the hard way, out of Iraq. But the enemy gets a vote, we say in the military."

Mattis announced his resignation as secretary of defense in December 2018 after Trump decided to withdraw all troops from Syria.