After failing miserably to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act Republicans have set their sights on tax reform – confident that if there’s one thing the party can agree on – it’s tax cuts for the rich.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has even suggested the ‘markets may tank’ should the government fail to provide financial relief for the people who need it least.
Against this backdrop Sens. Ted Cruz – R-Texas and Bernie Sanders – I-Vt. held a town hall Wednesday night to debate not just the benefit of tax reform but the very function of federal government.
While Cruz trotted out his tired and oft-debunked talking points about the benefits of trickle-down economics – Sanders forcefully explained how the GOP tax plan hurts the middle class – reminding us again why he’s an early Democratic frontrunner for 2020.
Here are eight of the Vermont senator’s best lines from their showdown on CNN.