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BY: Jeffrey Cimmino
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said it was "immoral" that members of the U.S. Senate were millionaires during a campaign in the 1970s.
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Sanders's remarks were published in December 1971 in the Bennington Banner, a Vermont newspaper, CNN reports. Earlier this month, Sanders revealed he was a millionaire.
Sanders's presidential campaign acknowledged he made the comments.
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"Yes, it is true: Senator Sanders said in the 1970s that it is immoral that the government too often represents the interests of the super-wealthy and large corporations—and yes, it is also true that Senator Sanders has continued to demand a change from that for his entire life," campaign spokesman Josh Orton said.
"As the son of an immigrant who grew up living paycheck to paycheck, Senator Sanders believes elected officials should represent the interests of working people, not corporations, special interests or the ultra-wealthy," Orton continued. "This view has guided his work in politics, not the pursuit of personal wealth. Senator Sanders' family has been fortunate, and he is grateful for that because he knows the stress of economic insecurity. That is why he works every day to ensure every American has the basic necessities of life, including...
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