Sanders Admits Impeachment Puts Him at a 'Disadvantage’ Against Joe Biden
'I’m accepting my constitutional responsibility,' Sanders said
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders admitted the Senate’s impeachment trial against President Donald Trump has put him at a disadvantage against candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, during a portion of an interview with “CBS Evening News."
Despite the claims, Sanders said he is upholding his “constitutional responsibility.”
Sanders said it is “disappointing to me not to be in Iowa, talking to the people there.”
The socialist candidate added that the impeachment trial is an important matter:
“I’m accepting my constitutional responsibility," Sanders said.
"But what I’m saying, obviously, is, at a disadvantage.”
Host Norah O’Donnell then asked Sanders, “Do you think it places Biden at an advantage over you?”
“Politically, in the last week or so of the campaign, yeah, I think it does."
"I mean, he and others, not just Biden, are able to go out, talk to people. And that’s really important," Sanders added.
Last week, Trump also said that the delay of the impeachment process, orchestrated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was designed to hurt Sanders by forcing him to be bogged down in the Senate trial during the Iowa caucuses.
....Joe Biden, and Bernie is shut out again. Very unfair, but that’s the way the Democrats play the game. Anyway, it’s a lot of fun to watch!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2020
On December 18, House Democrats passed two articles of impeachment against Trump, but Pelosi withheld the articles from the Senate for almost a month.
Now the senators who are running for president, including Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bennet, and Sanders, will be stuck in Washington, D.C., for the impeachment trial.
But candidates such as Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg are free to campaign through Iowa ahead of the Feb. 3 caucuses.
“They are rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders, just like last time, only even more obviously," Trump said.
"They are bringing him out of so important Iowa in order that, as a Senator, he sit through the Impeachment Hoax Trial."
“Crazy Nancy thereby gives the strong edge to Sleepy Joe Biden, and Bernie is shut out again."