2020 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders said on CNN Wednesday, June 12, that American citizens would be “delighted” to pay more in taxes.
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“I suspect that a lot of people in this country would be delighted to pay more in taxes if they had comprehensive healthcare as a human right,” said Sanders on CNN.
He said that other countries like Germany have healthcare for all, and questions why the United States cannot do the same.
However, raising taxes on the American people is nothing new for Sanders, as Americans for Tax Reform has pointed out.
“You’re going to pay more in taxes,” Sanders said during a Fox News town hall in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on April 15. At the same town hall, he said, “Are people going to pay more in taxes? Yes.”
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“And yes, we have to raise individual tax substantially higher than they are today,” Sanders said during an interview with Jake Tapper on July 5, 2015.
On a separate CNN townhall hosted by Chris Cuomo in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 25, 2016, Sanders promised that “yes, we will raise taxes, yes we will.”