Sanders worries of ‘political gossip’ dominating campaign coverage

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump mocks Clinton for stumbling while sick with pneumonia Brent Budowsky: Sanders and Warren shine The Trail 2016: Miss Universe crashes campaign MORE (I-Vt.) said on Sunday that the media is “doing pretty well” covering his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination against frontrunner Hillary Clinton, but he’s worried about “political gossip” taking over as the campaign moves on.

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“We have gotten more serious discussion on our issues than I might have thought about,” Sanders said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

“But this is what I worry about: In terms of campaign coverage, there is more coverage about the political gossip of a campaign, about raising money, about polling, about somebody saying something dumb, or if some kid who works for a campaign sends out something stupid on Facebook, we can expect that to be a major story.”

Sanders announced his presidential campaign in April. He said Sunday that he would put pressure on Clinton on issues like trade and Wall Street regulations, but that “taking cheap shots at people, I don’t think that’s what politics should be about.”

Though he’s been relatively pleased with the coverage of his campaign, he said the media needs to do a better job covering substantive political issues and better inform the public on current events.

"I just think that, as a nation, no matter what our political point of view is, I would hope that we are concerned about the state of American democracy,” he said. “We need serious discussion about serious issues.”