Roberts to Sanders: Have a 'Coke'

After an impassioned speech about how billionaires David and Charles Koch are ruining U.S. democracy, it was suggested that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMajor progressive group backs Wasserman Schultz's primary challenger Carson rooting for Trump, Sanders debate Sanders: Networks calling about Trump debate MORE (I-Vt.) should relax and “have a Coke.”

Sen. Pat RobertsPat RobertsGOP senators propose sending ISIS fighters to Gitmo Passing the Kelsey Smith Act will help law enforcement save lives Overnight Defense: VA chief 'deeply' regrets Disney remark; Senate fight brews over Gitmo MORE (R-Kan.) admitted his comment was a “bad pun.”

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“I know the senator wants to leave the floor and get out of town like everyone else,” Roberts said on the Senate floor Thursday. “But perhaps he could relax and just go out and have a Coke.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Democrats have been criticizing the Koch brothers, who contribute millions of dollars to conservative campaigns, especially after a recent Supreme Court ruling that allows unlimited campaign donations.

Sanders said Reid and others are simply trying to educate the public on what the Koch brothers are buying with their campaign contributions. He said the Republican Party priorities have evolved into what used to be “extremist” libertarian views advocated by the Kochs.

“There has been a lot of criticism of Sen. Reid’s comments about the Koch brothers,” Sanders said. “He’s trying to educate the people. ... I think it’s important that we know what the Koch brothers believe.”

Sanders said the Koch brothers want to eliminate all personal and corporate taxes — basically ending all government — among other things. 

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