Bernie Sanders: We need serious talk on serious issues

Updated 4:19 PM EST, Mon January 9, 2017

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Bernie Sanders: We need to talk about serious issues, not polls, fundraisers, gaffes and who's running for president in four years

How Americans can really live, work, and thrive safely and equitably should be our main focus going forward, he says

Editor’s Note: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will be taking part in a town meeting on CNN at 9 PM Eastern on Monday, January 9. Sanders, an independent from Vermont and a former candidate for president, is serving his second term in Senate. The views expressed in this commentary are his own.

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In my view, the media spends too much time treating politics like a baseball game, a personality contest or a soap opera. We need to focus less on polls, fundraisers, gaffes and who’s running for president in four years, and more on the very serious problems facing the American people – problems which get relatively little discussion. I hope that’s what our town meeting on CNN tonight will accomplish.

There are a lot of important questions to talk about, including:

How do we stop the movement toward oligarchy in our country in which the economic and political life of the United States is increasingly controlled by a handful of billionaires?