(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Bernie Sanders faced questions Sunday about the $95 tickets that Ticketmaster is charging for his book tour, but the senator claimed that he had nothing to do with it.
“I have to ask you, you’re going on tour to promote this book ‘It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism,’ and you’re here talking about it. I understand we’re not the bad guys you’re describing in the book when it comes to media, but tickets for your tour apparently are selling for $95 on Ticketmaster, which is accused of anti-competitive behavior,” CBS host Margaret Brennan said.
“You know that. Some of your Democrats are criticizing them. Aren’t you benefiting yourself from this system that you’re trying to dismantle?” she asked.
“No, I’m not.” Sanders told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“First of all, those decisions are made totally by the publisher and the bookseller. I think there’s one case where, in one place here in Washington, Politics and Prose, an independent bookstore, charging some tickets,” he said, laughing.
“Most of them, I think, are $40, $50, and you get a book as well. So, if you want to come, you’re going to have to pay 40 bucks. I will throw in the book for free, and we’re doing a number of free events, but I don’t make a nickel out of these things at all,” the senator said.
BRENNAN: But you’re OK doing business with Ticketmaster?
SANDERS: No, not particularly, but that’s — again, I have nothing to do with that. That is — if you wrote a book, it would probably be the same process.
BRENNAN: Mm-hmm. So you have to operate within the system…
SANDERS: I do.
BRENNAN: … is what you’re…
SANDERS: I write a book, a major publisher, et cetera, et cetera.
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