During a televised debate Monday, Senator Lindsay Graham called on Senator Bernie Sanders to “abandon” the Democratic agenda – saying it was “not working” for the average American and created a “death spiral of inflation.” doing.
“I urge you to focus on reducing gas prices, securing the border, and restoring order in the United States,” Graham (R-South Carolina) said during the hour-long event. ” Sponsored by Fox News.
“And the only way you’re going to do that, San Sanders, is to abandon the agenda you’ve set for the United States, because it’s not working.”
Graham also blamed President Biden’s 1. 1.9 trillion epidemic relief package, the American Rescue Plan Act 2021, and other democratic priorities for the rise in inflation, which hit a 40-year high of 8.6 percent last week.
“Your policies are driving up gas prices and there is no end to them,” he told the Democratic Socialist Sanders (I-Vermont).
“So, all I can suggest to the American people is: this inflationary death spiral is driven by policies that don’t work.”
Sanders, who co-opts with Senate Democrats, said Graham was “correct” about gas prices, calling them “outrageously high in Vermont” and nothing more than “other.” All day long: $ 5.05 a gallon. “
“Meanwhile, the major oil companies made a profit of $ 35 billion in the first quarter of this year. And by the end of the year, it is estimated that they will pay امیر 88 billion in stock buybacks to their wealthy shareholders.” They said.
“So, I think we have to do something. I think the president should bring in the big oil companies and tell them that we should tax windfall profits on what they are doing, so that they can The American people. “
Sanders also said it was unfair to blame Biden for the rise.
He says inflation is not just Biden’s problem.
“You have to explain why this is happening around the world, and it has to do with the supply chain, the terrible war in Ukraine, and in my view, corporate greed.”
On one occasion, Sanders objected to Graham being called a “socialist” and compared him to a “red batsman.”
“Well, you’re a socialist, aren’t you?” Graham replied.
Sanders replied, “I am a democratic socialist. And the policies I advocate are happening all over the world.
Sanders then listed the laundry list of progressive positions, including raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, guaranteeing “health care for all,” increasing Medicare benefits, And raising the Social Security tax threshold for those earning more than $ 147,000 a year. .
“So, you know, I think some words will have an effect on some parts of our country,” he said.
But take a look at the issues we are fighting for. Every one of these issues, Lindsay, the American people support me – not you. “
Fox News covered the January 6 Eastern Time debate on its Fox Nation streaming service during the January 6 hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the pro-Trump attack on the Capitol that led to Biden’s 2020 election victory. Attempted to disrupt congressional certification
Fox News will broadcast this debate in full on Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m.
Sanders said Americans “see a real threat to democracy … because we have a former president named Donald Trump who says across the country, ‘Hey, I won the election.’
When asked by moderator Brett Byrne if the election had been “stolen” from Trump, Graham said “I voted to confirm the election” and that “President Biden is president.”
“Did he win the election?” Sanders intervened.
“Yes,” said Graham.
Graham also said of Sanders, “The point here is why he’s talking about Trump. Because he can’t talk about anything else.
Rival lawmakers have agreed that Trump’s trade tariffs on China should not be scrapped, although Sanders said he favors exemptions for solar panels.
Earlier, Graham said he and Sanders were united in their opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his deadly attack on Ukraine.
“Bernie and I agree: Putin is useless,” Graham said.
When Bayer asked Sanders if he agreed, Sanders said, “I’m not in favor of pornography, but the intention is right.”