U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rallies Democratic women to ''stand up to the billionaire class''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Democratic presidential hopeful and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders outlined his presidential agenda on Friday (October 23), focusing on enhanced social policies and and a tough stance against "corporate America". Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist, painted a bleak picture of the U.S. during a speech to the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum in Washington. "There is something very, very wrong where the United States of America is the only major country on earth that does not guarantee paid family and medical leave. How does that happen? The only major country on earth that does not guarantee paid sick time or paid vacation time. How does that happen? The only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care to every man, woman and child as a right," Sanders said. Sanders decried what he sees as the infusion of money in politics and called on women to endorse an agenda in opposition to "the billionaire class". "I have confidence that if we come forward with a progressive, strong agenda that is prepared to stand up to corporate America, is prepared to stand up to the Koch brothers and the billionaire class, that is prepared to outline an agenda which will improve the lives of tens of millions of our people, we can not only win the White House, regain the Senate and the House, gain governors' chairs all over America. Not only can we do that, but much more importantly we can transform this country and make ti the country we all know it can become," he said. Sanders' speech followed that of former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, who pulled out of the 2016 race. Chafee's decision narrows the Democratic field to three candidates: Clinton, Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. According to a Quinnipiac University opinion poll released on Friday, Sanders is polling at 40 percent behind former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.