Watch LIVE

Clinton Supports a Tax Even Sanders Has a Problem With

News

“This proposal clearly violates her pledge."

Democratic presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, stand together before the start of the Univision, Washington Post Democratic presidential debate at Miami-Dade College, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), a professed socialist, criticized his opponent Hillary Clinton for backing a soda tax, NBC News reported Friday, asserting it violates her campaign pledge.

“Frankly, I am very surprised that Secretary Clinton would support this regressive tax after pledging not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000,” Sanders said at a campaign stop in Reading, Pennsylvania. “This proposal clearly violates her pledge. A tax on soda and juice drinks would disproportionately increase taxes on low-income families in Philadelphia."

AP Photo/Mel Evans

Clinton touted the soda tax during a speech in Philadelphia to a gun control group Thursday in favor universal pre-school.

"It starts early with working with families, working with kids, building up community resources — I'm very supportive of the mayor's proposal to tax soda to get universal pre-school for kids," Clinton said. "I mean, we need universal pre-school. And if that's a way to do it, that's how we should do it."

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is backing the soda tax of 3 cents per ounce of soda to fund universal pre-school in the city.

Clinton supports national universal pre-school but has not proposed a national soda tax to fund it. Rather, she has called for closing tax loopholes.

Most recent
All Articles