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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 06:24 PM

Bernie Sanders to defend his brand of socialism in speech

Tue 11 Jun 2019

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Bernie Sanders, draping himself in the progressive tradition of Franklin Roosevelt, is poised to defend his political philosophy in a speech that accuses Donald Trump of profiting from “corporate socialism”.

In a speech at Georgetown University on Wednesday, the Democratic party presidential contender for 2020 will outline a distinctly American brand of socialism as he forcefully rebuts attacks on democratic socialism from the president and other senior Republicans.

“While President Trump and his fellow oligarchs attack us for our support of democratic socialism, they don’t really oppose all forms of socialism,” Sanders will say, according to excerpts of his speech distributed on Tuesday by his campaign. “They may hate democratic socialism because it benefits working people, but they absolutely love corporate socialism that enriches Trump and other billionaires.”

Sanders will describe democratic socialism as a reflection of deeply-held American values like fairness and equality as he calls for a reimagining of the US economy.

“Over 80 years ago, Franklin Delano Roosevelt helped create a government that made huge progress in protecting the needs of working families,” he will say. “Today in the second decade of the 21st century we must take up the unfinished business of the New Deal and carry it to completion. This is the unfinished business of the Democratic Party and the vision we must accomplish.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/11/bernie-sanders-2020-socialism-speech-trump

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