Washington (CNN)Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders signaled he'll target Democratic presidential primary opponent Hillary Clinton's wealth and her Iraq War vote on the campaign trail, he said Tuesday on CNN.
Bernie Sanders: Clinton wealth 'a problem'
"It's a problem," he said when asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the fact the Clintons made more than $30 million since 2014.
"But a more serious problem is, what do we do about the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality in America today?"
The independent senator has become the de-facto presidential pick for progressives wary of Clinton's candidacy, and has made combating income inequality a central focus of his campaign. On Tuesday, Sanders introduced a bill making public colleges free for all Americans, which he'd pay for with a "very modest" tax on stock trading, which he estimated could bring in as much as $300 billion each year.
Sanders acknowledged that Republicans would never support such a proposal, but said "the American people will go along with it."
Asked whether that meant he ultimately wanted to raise taxes, Sanders was emphatic: "On the very wealthiest people in this country? Absolutely."
He also weighed in on a debate that's gripped the Republican presidential candidates over the past week, and indicated he plans to make it an issue in the Democratic primary as well: The Iraq War.
On Tuesday, Clinton again said her support for the war in 2002 was a mistake.
"I know that there have been a lot of questions about Iraq posed to candidates over the last weeks. I've made it very clear that I made a mistake, plain and simple, and I have written about it in my book. I've talked about it in the past," Clinton told reporters in Iowa.
Sanders was a rare vote against the invasion of Iraq in 2002, and said he'll make Clinton's vote in favor an issue in their primary fight.
"It's a fair issue," Sanders said.
Republicans have been debating whether, knowing that the intelligence on weapons of mass destruction was faulty, the Iraq War was a mistake. But Sanders characterized the issue as one that raises questions about the judgment of those who supported the war.
"What the issue is about — it's not just looking back in hindsight...I very much opposed the war. I worried about the destabilization it would bring to the region. Hillary Clinton and everybody else had the same information as I had, and I made my decision, she made her decision."
"You get information, you make the best judgment you can," he added.