Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is ready to roll out a major agriculture policy Sunday in Iowa.
“I come from a small rural state, and what’s happening in Vermont is happening in Iowa,” Sanders said.
The Vermont senator said he has a plan to make life better here by investing in rural communities and supporting family farms. That includes a moratorium on mergers in the ag industry and breaking up large processors.
“We need a policy that says we need to grow enough food in the U.S. on a regular basis. That means strengthening family ag, making sure people from other countries don’t own too much land, make sure young people can do farming for generations,” Sanders said.
As for trade wars, Sanders recently accused opponent Joe Biden for downplaying China’s economic threat, but he said they’re friends.
“Joe and I have different opinions. That’s why we’ll talk about it,” Sanders said. “Joe voted for NAFTA, permanent trade relations with China. I lead the effort against trade agreements. I think it’s an area that needs discussion.”
Sanders supports Medicare for all, which he said addresses everyone’s health care needs.
“There are people who want to keep their private insurance. Is that possible under the plan? No. I think we need to consider right now how many people lost their health insurance because they leave their jobs. Medicare is a very strong program. It is a popular program,” Sanders said.
Sanders also told me he supports the House calling on Attorney General William Barr to release the full Mueller report to Congress or face contempt.
“If he does not testify, I think Barr should be held in contempt,” Sanders said. “I could add my voice to the other 80 voices. That’s not going to matter. I think holding him in contempt, that means Barr has got to testify and give Congress the information it requires.”