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Sanders: 'I'm Not That Much Of A Socialist Compared To Eisenhower'

Sen. Bernie Sanders with one of the better lines of the night when asked how high he'd be willing to raise taxes.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders with one of the better lines of the night when asked how high he'd be willing to raise taxes during this Saturday's Democratic debate on CBS.

Moderators at the Democratic Debate in Des Moines Saturday night asked Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to describe how he would pay for some of the programs he's proposed.

Those include free tuition at public universities, $1 trillion in infrastructure repairs and an increase in Social Security benefits.

"We haven’t come up with an exact number yet, but it will not be as high as the number under Dwight D. Eisenhower, which was 90 percent," Sanders answered, eliciting some surprised looks from the moderators.

"I’m not that much of a socialist compared to Eisenhower," Sanders quipped back, making light of the fact that he refers to himself as a Democratic socialist. [...]

"In the last 30 years, there has been a massive redistribution of wealth," Sanders said. "And I know that term gets my Republican friends nervous. The problem is this redistribution has gone in the wrong direction."

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