Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, January 28, 2014
Things got pretty heated Monday afternoon between Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during CNN’s “The Situation Room.” So much so that the usually verbose Wolf Blitzer couldn’t do much but sit on the sidelines and let the two spar with one another.
During the nearly 15-minute interview, the two lawmakers discussed everything from income inequality and raising the middle wage to the supposed GOP “War on Women”, early childhood education and Wall Street regulations.
The debate got so fiery that Bachmann even attempted to pause the debate on multiple occasions to tell Sanders to “calm down.” Fortunately, the two managed to end the debate without any physical harm, but it’s pretty safe to say the pair won’t be bosom buddies anytime soon.
For example, when Sanders accused Republicans of wanting to cut Social Security, Bachmann retorted back, “That is absolutely a lie. It’s brought up all the time and it’s a lie. Let’s face it, Senator Sanders. you shouldn’t be lying about what our position is.”
The two also didn’t see eye to eye on higher education policy.
“And what’s been American policy when it comes to higher education,” Bachmann asked. “It’s been let’s put more federal government money…”
Sanders chimed in, saying “Actually, that’s not been the case.”
Bachmann continued, however, “If you look at the correlation, the federal government has actually increased the cost of education so now there’s $1 trillion in debt outstanding from American kids. That doesn’t help anyone.”
For his part, Blitzer seemed very relieved when the debate ended, exclaiming “This was an excellent discussion.”
Watch the sparring match here.