Warren’s contentious exchange with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews
Elizabeth Warren keeps dodging the middle class tax question. In the most recent Democrat debate on Sept. 12 in Houston, Warren dodged the question twice.
But an especially heated exchange between Warren and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews took place on July 30 following the CNN Dem debate. Matthews grilled warren asking if she would increase taxes on the middle class in order to shovel money to “Medicare For All.”
Chris Matthews: “Your pay won’t go up. You dodged that tonight. Jake Tapper kept saying how much are your taxes going to go up.”
Elizabeth Warren: “How much are your costs going to go down?”
Matthews: “No, no, no, different question. How much will your taxes go up?”
Later in the interview, Matthews explicitly asked Warren: “Will you pay more in taxes?”
When she dodged the question, Matthews fired back and stated “Why don’t you want to answer that question?”
During the CNN debate, Warren repeatedly dodged Jake Tapper’s question asking if the middle class would pay more in taxes as a result of Medicare for All.
Warren is avoiding the reality that middle-class Americans would have to pay more in taxes, as Bernie sanders notes is necessary to fund Medicare for All.
“Yeah, [we’d have to] raise taxes on the middle class,” Sanders told a CNN reporter after the July debate.
In POLITICO Jeff Greenfield noted that Warren could be holding back an admission that Medicare for All will lead to higher taxes for the middle-class because she is worried about losing voters.
This leaves an obvious question that will follow her through the campaign: “Bernie Sanders is frank enough to acknowledge the obvious, and then explain it. Why won’t you?” The answer may be as simple as: If you say you will raise middle class taxes, an unmeasurable but likely significant number of voters simply will not bother to wait for the rest of your explanation.
As ATR noted earlier, Medicare for All would require anywhere from $32 trillion and $36 trillion in higher taxes over the course of the next decade.