Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders hit back at House Speaker John Boehner's criticism that he's never met a tax increase he hasn't liked and that the Vermont senator is "out of the mainstream."
"Well, let me respond to that issue by issue, and you determine who's out of the mainstream," Sanders said on CBS' "Face the Nation."
"I want to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. A recent Wall Street Journal poll said a majority of the American people want to do that. John Boehner is not going to even bring up any legislation in the house to raise minimum wage at all, and many of his members want to do away with the concept of the minimum wage."
"I want to see this country expand Social Security benefits, not cut them," said Sanders. "John Boehner and his party want to either privatize Social Security or cut Social Security benefits for the elderly, disabled vets. The American people say overwhelmingly we have got to expand Social Security benefits by lifting the cap on taxable incomes."
"I want to create millions of jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, and I've introduced legislation to do that," said Sanders. "[The] Republican Party is very reluctant to spend a nickel to rebuild our infrastructure."
"In terms of who's out of touch with the American people, I'd say [the] Republican Party is," he concluded. "They want to give tax breaks to billionaires, not help the middle class."