The crowd chanted “Bernie!” — and then he took selfies with the audience
CNN’s town hall with Sen. Bernie Sanders just wrapped up. As CNN’s Wolf Blitzer closed out the event, the audience chanted, “Bernie! Bernie!”
After the cameras stopped rolling, Sanders thanked the audience and said they asked good questions.
He then walked into the crowd to shake hands — and take selfies. He left the set after a few moments of mingling.
Here’s a look at the scene afterward:
Sanders: The pharmaceutical industry is “the most greedy entity in this country today”
When asked about how he would lower drug prices, Sanders said, “Don’t get me going. We have a limited amount of time.”
One out of five Americans can’t afford their medicine, he said, noting that parents post to his social media sites after their children died because they couldn’t afford insulin.
He slammed his longtime foes, the pharmaceutical industry, which he called “the most greedy entity in this country today” that made $50 billion last year.
The senator outlined his plan to reduce drug costs, which would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, permit the importation of medications from Canada and elsewhere and base prices on the cost of medications in other countries.
The pharma industry will be hard to defeat, especially because “they own the Congress. They have lobbyists all over the place,” he said.
“The only way you beat the drug companies is when millions of people stand up and say ‘I’m not going to allow you to kill my wife or my kids’,” Sanders said. “We’re not going to pay outrageous prices.”
Sanders stops short of calling Maduro a “dictator,” warns against outside intervention in Venezuela
Sen. Bernie Sanders didn’t label Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro a “dictator” tonight, despite criticizing his government for failing to hold democratic elections.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Sanders, “Why have you stopped short of calling Maduro of Venezuela a dictator?”
“It’s fair to say the last election was undemocratic, but there are still democratic operations taking place in that country,” Sanders said. “What I am calling for right now is internationally supervised free elections.”
In a tweet on Saturday, Sanders called for a de-escalation of tensions on the country’s border with Colombia.
“The people of Venezuela are enduring a serious humanitarian crisis,” he tweeted. “The Maduro government must put the needs of its people first, allow…