Echoing then-candidate Barack Obama‘s 2008 ominous promise that his goal was the fundamental transformation of the U.S., White House contender Bernie Sanders declared Monday that the goal of his campaign was “transforming the economy and the government of the United States.”
“If this campaign is about anything, it’s asking people to ask the simple question of why not — why can’t we do it?” the self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist told a crowd at the White Mountain Chalet Caterers.
“Why was it acceptable for the Congress — against my vote — to bail out… the crooks on Wall Street in 2008? But when it comes to young people today who are struggling… ‘Well, we can’t do that, it’s too radical.’ What this campaign is about is asking the American people to consider why not — why can’t we do it?
“We need to transform the economics of this country and the politics of the country, and we think we are the best campaign to do that as well,” Sanders said. In a nod to the Occupy Wall Street movement, he added, “In the end, they are the one percent, and we are the 99 percent, and 99 is a lot bigger than one.”