As Sanders 2020 Campaign Gains Steam, Corporate Democrats Reportedly 'Growing Increasingly Nervous'

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Bernie Sanders’ campaign escalates feud with top liberal think tank

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has released 10 years of his tax returns as part of his 2020 campaign.

U.S. Senators Cory Booker, of New Jersey, and Kirsten Gillibrand, of NY, each raised about 16 percent of their cash from small-dollar donors. That year the couple paid about $340,000 in taxes. "While millions of people are paying more in taxes than they anticipated, Amazon, Netflix and dozens of major corporations as a result of Trump's tax bill pay nothing in corporate taxes, and I think that's a disgrace", he added.

In a tweet of his own, Baier shot back, saying the president was welcome to come on for an interview of his own.

Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir brushed off those suggestions, telling CNN the candidate's personal wealth had "zero impact" on his policies.

More numbers in Biden's favor come from a recent Morning Consult poll, which states he's the second choice of Bernie Sanders supporters, Kamala Harris supporters, and Beto O'Rourke supporters, suggesting the broad, if secondary appeal of the former vice-president.

Here's a closer review of his 2014 tax return so you can compare it to his more recent tax returns. Sanders faced pressure to release his returns this year as Democrats have increasingly made an issue of US President Donald Trump's refusal to release returns.

In 2018, they reported an income of $566,421.

"From canapé-filled fundraisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington, mainstream Democrats are increasingly anxious that their effort to defeat President Trump in 2020 could be complicated by Mr. Sanders", the Times reported. Sanders paid for the home without taking out a mortgage.

Former New Hampshire Democratic Party chair Kathy Sullivan said that while she does not see a problem with Sanders' financial status squaring with his commitment to curbing income inequality, she was struck by the way he handled questions about his wealth.

The CAP was founded by John Podesta, who later chaired Hillary Clinton's 2016 election campaign.

Then it was Fox News host Martha MacCallum's turn.

Sanders has spent years railing against the excesses of wealthy Americans, but his tax returns show us that, thanks to the sales of his 2016 book, Sanders is now one of those millionaires himself, reports CBS News correspondent Ed O'Keefe.

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The accusations were prompted by an article and video published by one of CAP's projects, ThinkProgress, which claimed Sanders is a millionaire but wishes to downplay his finances because it's "very off-brand and embarrassing".

Vermont Edition checked in with Middlebury political science professor Matt Dickinson about what's in Sanders' returns and what it means for the race for the Democratic nomination for president.

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