Tens of thousands of amped voters have felt the Bern from coast to coast over the past few months, and on Tuesday night (Oct. 13), their choice for the next president, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, didn't disappoint.
The proudly independent Democratic Socialist more than stood his ground during the two-hour, five-candidate throw down, spreading some of his signature Berns all over the Las Vegas stage and even agreeing with his chief rival, Hillary Clinton, on a few things. OK, one thing.
In his plainspoken, firm style, Sanders took on everything from gun control to economic inequality, climate change, prison reform and the broken tax code, standing toe-to-toe with Clinton and landing one of the best counter-punch lines of the night in refuting her view on whether or not to save the big banks. "In my view, Sec. Clinton, Congress does not regulate Wall Street, Wall Street regulates Congress." Classic Bernie.
Here are eight of Sanders' other sickest Berns of the night:
Does He Hate Capitalism?CNN
Asked by Anderson Cooper if he considers himself a capitalist, Sanders said, "Do I consider myself part of the casino capitalist process by which so few have so much and so many have so little? By which Wall Street's greed and recklessness wrecked this economy? No, I don't. I believe in a society where all people do well, not just a handful of billionaires."
How Does He Really Feel About The Situation In Syria?CNN
"I will do everything I can to make sure that the United States does not get involved in another quagmire like we did in Iraq." Side-eyes Clinton.
Enough With the Damn Emails!CNN
"Let me say something that may not be great politics. But I think the Secretary is right, and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails!... Enough of the emails, let's talk about the real issues facing America!"
Of Course Black Lives Matter
Responding to a question from a college student about whether Black Lives Matter, Sanders repeated the phrase, adding that those words matter to the black community for a very good reason. "On any given day, some innocent person like Sandra Bland can get into a car and then three days later she's going to end up dead in jail. We need to combat institutional racism from top to bottom and we need major, major reforms in a broken criminal justice system in which we have more people in jail than China."
What Can You Do That President Obama Didn't?
When Anderson Cooper asked about income inequality and Sanders' claims that the gap between rich and poor is wider than at any time since the 1920s, the Gov. got hot. "First of all, let's remember where we were when Bush left office. We were losing 800,000 jobs a month and I know my Republican friends seem to have some amnesia on this issue, but the world's financial market system was on the verge of collapse."
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Claiming her plan to deal with big banks is better than Sanders', Clinton said she was with Sanders in putting "a lot of attention onto the banks." Moderator Anderson Cooper asked Sanders to respond to Clinton's claim that her banking plan is tougher than his. "That's not true," he said with a smile.
Get Out The Checkbook, Trump
"Donald Trump and his billionaire friends under my policies are going to pay a hell of a lot more in taxes in the future than they are today," he said about his plan to make public colleges free for everyone and whether taxpayers should pick up the check for wealthy children to go to college.
It's Up To You, Your $30 Can Help
"Nobody up here, certainly no Republican, can address the major crises facing our country unless millions of people begin to stand up to the billionaire class that has so much power over our economy and our political life," Sanders concluded before making a plug for donations. Did he mention he doesn't have a Super PAC backing him?