Bernie Sanders told Manchester seniors Friday there is “strong disagreement” between his views and those of Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton on Social Security.
The Vermont senator said that as president he would work to expand benefits not only for the poorest recipients, but also for those in the middle-class.
Speaking to a group of about 30 seniors at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, Sanders also said that as president, he would work to release what he said was a stranglehold the pharmaceutical industry has on Washington. He proposed allowing prescription drugs to be purchased by pharmacies and distributors from Canada, Germany and other nations, which, he said, would substantially cut costs to consumers.
But, he said, to make these and other changes he proposes, a “political revolution” is necessary, and it will happen only if those who have not traditionally voted in past elections turn out in 2016.
Sanders has seen Clinton close a gap in New Hampshire polling in recent weeks. Some polls now have her ahead in the Granite State. But, speaking to reporters following his meeting with the seniors, Sanders expressed optimism that his campaign has not lost momentum and continues to be going strong in New Hampshire and elsewhere.
Clinton, at Saint Anselm College on Wednesday, said she opposed cuts in Social Security benefits and would expand those benefits for the most needy.
“I am concerned about those people on Social Security who are most vulnerable in terms of what their monthly pay out is — that is primarily divorced, widowed, single women who either never worked themselves or worked only a little bit so they have either just their own earnings to depend on, or they have a spouse who was also a low-wage worker,” Clinton said. “The first and most important task, I think, is we make sure that we get the monthly payment for the poorest Social Security recipients up.”