Sanders Wants to Frighten Billionaires

If Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders decides to run for president, his message to voters will be to unite in opposition to "the billionaire class."

During an appearance on Stephen Colbert's television program, the host noted that Sanders is a self-proclaimed socialist.

"That's the bogeyman of Washington," Colbert quipped. "Do you frighten people when you walk around the Capitol? Are they afraid you're going to take away their tractor and give it to the whole village?"

The senator, who is officially classified as a political independent, responded: "Hopefully, we frighten the billionaire class. Hopefully, we frighten the insurance companies, because we are the only major country on Earth that doesn't have a health-care system guaranteeing health care to all people."

Sanders disputed the notion that the results of the midterm election, in which Republicans captured control of the Senate and increased their majority in the House, indicated public support of GOP policies.

"About 64 percent of (voters) rejected the two-party system," he declared. "They rejected Washington as it now functions. They rejected a political system and a Congress which spends more time representing the wealthy and the powerful more than ordinary Americans."

Sanders acknowledged that he is "thinking about running for president" in 2016.

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