WATCH: Bernie Sanders Explains to Colbert Why He Doesn't Want 'Billionaires' Money'
After polls showing Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton by 10 points in Iowa and 22 points in New Hampshire and a flattering Time magazine cover, the Vermont senator is no doubt feeling confident heading into the fall campaign season. It was only fitting that he would find himself on the Late Show charming Colbert's Manhattan audience with his populist campaign themes of universal healthcare, child and sick leave, higher taxes on corporations, and a whole host of other progressive red meat.
"We are the richest country on earth," Sanders said. "We are the only wealthy country on earth that doesn't offer paid medical sick leave and people are asking why?"
Colbert would go on to play "Capitalist Advocate" insisting that we became the wealthiest nation because of capitalism and that if we get rid of it we will become less wealthy. Sanders batted down the question by pointing out that he has no problem with entrepreneurship and innovation but was simply asking for more fairness. The audience seemed to eat it up as the senator was interrupted by several applause breaks.
"But you don't take super PAC money," Colbert pointed out. "If you want to be in it to win it, you got to use every tool in the chest... don't bring a spoon to a knife fight."
"I don't have a super PAC because frankly I don't support the agenda of the billionaire class," Sanders said. "I don't want their money,"
Watch the clip below: