(CNSNews.com) - Outlining his stand on issues from child poverty to health care Sunday on CBS's Face The Nation, Democratic presidential nomination candidate Bill Bradley was asked if he believed in God, to which the former NBA star and US senator answered simply "Yes." Bradley wouldn't elaborate on his answer, which was in reference to a statement he made in another interview that reporters "have a right to know if I'm crook, but not if I'm a sinner because all of us are sinners."
Saying that he is opposed to massive tax cuts, Bradley denied charges that he is "more liberal than Michael Dukakis" the former Democratic Massachusetts governor who ran unsuccessfully for president against Vice President George Bush in 1988.
Bradley said that decreasing child poverty and making health insurance more available would be some of the main goals of his administration if he were to be elected president. "If we can't at this time reduce the number of children in poverty in America, and increase the number of Americans with health insurance, when are we going to do it?"
Economically, Bradley said that he supports applying any budget surpluses realized in the next few years to paying down the national debt, rather than using them to support tax cuts. "I think that paying down the debt is far preferable to giving a giant tax cut," he said.
To make health insurance more affordable to the poor, Bradley has proposed subsidies that allow low-income non-government workers to buy into health plans that are now offered to federal workers. His opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, Vice President Al Gore, says Bradley's plan will drive up the cost of premiums too much and harm those insurance programs. Bradley disagrees with Gore, saying that most of the uninsured who enter the federal programs will be children with lower medical costs.
"They're very inexpensive to insure," said Bradley. "So, I don't think you are going to see premiums go up dramatically."
Bradley dismissed Gore's criticisms of his ideas as "scare tactics."