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Bernie Sanders town hall delivers a ratings bonanza for Fox News

Bernie Sanders town hall delivers a ratings bonanza for Fox News

During a town hall Monday with Bernie Sanders, anchor Bret Baier asked the audience a question about insurance. Sanders asked Fox News to cheers from the crowd. Of course, wealth often does influence someone's views, but it's not determinative - the most egalitarian president in American history, Franklin Roosevelt, was a scion of extreme wealth and privilege, far richer than Sanders will ever be. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Tuesday night.

Much of Sanders' income came from books he has written about his democratic socialist platform, which includes a call for higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

President Trump has made dismantling the Affordable Care Act a top priority of his first two years in office, promising that "the Republican Party will soon be known as the party of health care". "Right here. You got it on CBS", Sanders joked, adding, "No, I don't think so". According to his Senate financial disclosure, he received $1.7 million in book royalties in 2016 and 2017, including $1.3 million in advances from the publisher MacMillian, Burlington Free Press shared.

Sanders and his wife, Jane, had an adjusted gross income of $561,293 in 2018, paying a 26 percent effective tax rate.

Sanders previous year made $110 in music royalties, presumably for his 1987 folk album, "We Shall Overcome", and an additional $1,810 from his 1997 memoir, "Outsider in the House", which was published by Verso. Other outlets, from the New York Times to Fox News itself, focused on his tax returns and took a decidedly negative tone within a neutral framework, but across the Internet the reaction was nearly unanimously positive, even if that positivity was occasionally grudging.

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The backdrop for the town hall was an abandoned steel plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the heart of a 2020 battleground region. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota released 12 years of tax returns through 2017 earlier this month.

Sanders, who has a loyal base from his 2016 run in the Democratic presidential primaries, has trailed in polls only to former Vice President Joe Biden, who isn't in the contest yet.

Warren, who has also already released her 2018 tax returns, made public 10 years of tax information last year.

"I didn't suggest a wealth tax", MacCallum said back. But his efforts at transparency paled in comparison to his opponent for the Democratic nomination Hillary Clinton, who released eight years of her tax returns. His "higher income in recent years has created some political awkwardness for the senator, who in his 2016 presidential campaign frequently railed against "millionaires and billionaires" and their influence over the political process, "writes Thomas Kaplan in The New York Times".