Sanders rejects Philadelphia soda tax
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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Biden to seek minimum wage in COVID-19 proposal MORE in an interview broadcast Sunday rejected a proposed soda tax to pay for pre-kindergarten programs in Philadelphia, an initiative backed by rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFor Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team Millennials and the great reckoning on race Biden chooses Amanda Gorman as youngest known inaugural poet MORE.

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“It is a totally regressive tax, and right now, at a time of massive income and wealth inequality, when the wealthy are getting wealthier — many of them pay an effective tax rate lower than working people,” Sanders said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“You have large multinational corporations not paying a nickel in federal taxes. That's where you get the money. Somebody's making $20,000 a year and they buy a bottle of soda, I don't think you charge them $0.30 more for that bottle of soda.”

Sanders said he “absolutely” agrees with the goal of universal childcare.

“But raise the money in a way that is progressive, not on the backs of low-income or working people,” he added.

Clinton said last week at a forum in Philadelphia that she is “very supportive” of the proposal to tax soda.

"I mean, we need universal preschool. And if that's a way to do it, that's how we should do it."