I think the middle class continues to struggle, and I think what you're seeing here in Gary is not unreflective of what's going on in many, many other parts of our community, ' he contended in IN on Saturday.
Sanders faced criticism for only releasing his 2014 returns during his 2016 Democratic primary battle with Hillary Clinton, a millionaire whom he often derided for giving paid speeches to Wall Street. She says tax returns can help voters understand a candidate's values. Bernie Sanders' tax returns for the first time.
"I guess the president watches your network a little bit", Sanders said, turning to the camera. He eventually made his 2014 return public: The document showed he and his wife Jane earned about $206,000 that year, including Social Security benefits.
The independent senator from Vermont, who is leading early polls of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, released a decade's worth of tax returns on Monday that show he has earned seven figures in recent years, largely due to sales of his 2016 book, "Our Revolution".
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Sanders, a US senator who routinely rails against the "millionaires and billionaires" he says have rigged the system to protect their wealth and power, had an adjusted gross income of $561,293 in 2018, $1,131,925 in 2017 and $1,062,626 in 2016, the returns showed.
During his town hall on Monday, Sanders, naturally, failed to say whether or not he himself would pay the wealth tax he has long championed. "I don't think they care about it now".
"Center for American Progress leader Neera Tanden repeatedly calls for unity while simultaneously maligning my staff and supporters and belittling progressive ideas", Sanders wrote, adding: "I and other Democratic candidates are running campaigns based on principles and ideas and not engaging in mudslinging or personal attacks on each other". Sanders has said that as far as his speaking fees go, he donates those to charity. "And that's a reason to release them", he said. "America has got to include that you have three families owning more wealthy than the bottom half of society", he said, to cheers from the audience.
Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday night.
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Sanders and his wife, Jane, had an adjusted gross income of $561,293 in 2018, paying a 26 percent effective tax rate.
A number of other Democratic presidential candidates have released tax returns in recent weeks.
The revelation that Sanders is now a millionare had, in some quarters, surfaced doubts over his ability to effectively deliver the progressive populist message that made him a political star.
This juxtaposition forced Sanders to defend his wealth, most of which he claims came from his book sales.
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Governor Jay Inslee of Washington released 12 years of tax returns, showing that he and his wife earned US$202,912 last year. In 2017, he and his wife Amy's adjusted gross income was $366,455, and they paid a total of $81,019 in taxes for a 22 percent tax rate.