The Washington Post editorial board responded Thursday evening to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) critiques of their previous editorial bashing his presidential campaign, saying he misrepresented their arguments and his ideas are “not very well thought out.”
The editorial board said they were not troubled by Sanders’ “radical” ideas, but by how he planned to implement them.
“What concerns us is not that Mr. Sanders’s program to tackle these issues is ‘radical,’ as he put it, but that it is not very well thought out,” the editorial board wrote.
Specifically, the editorial board criticized Sanders’ plan for a single-payer health care system.
“Instead, he promises comprehensive benefits without seriously discussing the inevitable trade-offs. That is not just bold; it is half-baked,” the editorial board wrote.
Sanders said Thursday that the editorial board’s critiques of his campaign platform were “not a new argument.”
The editorial board then turned that critique of something old masquerading as something new back on the senator’s campaign.
“His campaign isn’t so much based on a new vision as on that old tactic known as overpromising,” it wrote.
The Washington Post has not endorsed a candidate for 2016. It endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.