Helping Hand: CNN’s Erin Burnett Gives Sanders Rep Tips on Spinning

NewsBusters | 7/18/2019 | Staff
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Are you a political campaigner having a tough time selling your expensive, socialistic plan? Just go on CNN, where (if you’re lucky) an anchor will tell you how you’re doing it wrong.

That’s what happened when Democratic-socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders’ senior campaign advisor Jeff Weaver went on Erin Burnett Outfront on July 17.

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After Weaver claimed Sanders’ $40-trillion universal healthcare plan would include a tax increase, but that the cost savings of eliminating the entire private system of insurance would more than cover it, Burnett offered some free advice.

“Then why do you say there’s a cost of $40 trillion? I’m just trying to get around it even politically, right? If you’re saying we’re gonna save money why is the number that you’re acknowledging it with cost $40 trillion? You should be putting out, ‘It’s gonna save $5 trillion.’” she said.

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At the beginning of the interview, Burnett said she gave Sanders “credit” for putting out a “big idea” and not being “afraid or trying to obfuscate” the huge price tag. Later, she downplayed Sanders’ admission to the Post that his plan would require hiking taxes on the middle class, telling Weaver, “I understand you’re saying ‘there might be, but you’re saving money...
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