May 11
Washington Post Live will host former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday, May 11 at 11 a.m. in conversation with The Post’s national political reporter Robert Costa. He will discuss the state of American politics and the 2020 election process, his efforts to respond to the coronavirus spread and what he will do to help former vice president Joe Biden get elected.
Highlights
When asked whether he would consider running for president for a third time in 2024, Sen. Sanders said the likelihood of him running again is ‘very, very slim.’ ‘I think next time around you’re going to see another candidate carrying the progressive banner.’
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Sen. Sanders says he hasn’t advised Biden on a running mate, adding that it’s a very personal decision. ‘It’s a very personal decision, not quite like getting married, but it is somebody that you’re going to have to feel very comfortable with, and a lot of that is personal chemistry.’
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When asked whether he thinks President Trump would try to delay the November election, Sen. Bernie Sanders said ‘When it comes to Trump, it is impossible to predict anything. I do not believe that Donald Trump is a very strong believer in democracy.”
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When asked whether he thinks the United States should rethink its relationship with China after the coronavirus pandemic, Sen. Sanders says he thinks it’s time the country rethink its relationship with the entire world. “China’s record in terms of the coronavirus…is very, very problematic…I think we gotta end the blame game, we gotta figure out how we work with countries all over the world.”
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Sen. Sanders says that while he believes some member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force have done a good job, he believe others are intimidated by President Trump. ‘I think you have some people who are under the thumb, who are intimidated by a President who, based on some recent remarks, I don’t think he understands what testing, what the function of testing is about.’
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Sen. Bernie Sanders
(I-Vt.)
Bernie Sanders is serving his third term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2018. His previous 16 years in the House of Representatives make him the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Sanders in 2014 passed legislation reforming the VA health care system. Congressional Quarterly said he was able “to bridge Washington’s toxic partisan divide and cut one of the most significant deals in years.” Today, Sanders remains on the veterans committee and was tapped by Senate leadership to be the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. He also serves on the Environment and Public Works Committee, where he has focused on global warming and rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
Interviewed by Robert Costa
The Washington Post
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