Presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Friends, foes spar in fight on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Sanders: 'What do the Russians have on Mr. Trump?' MORE repeated Sunday that Bill ClintonBill ClintonWe must act now and pass the American Health Care Act Trump's message: Russia First or America First? Senate Democrats should grill Judge Gorsuch on antitrust. Here's how. MORE’s past marital infidelities are “deplorable” but indicated he isn’t interested in talking about them.
“That question annoys me,” Sanders said at the Democratic debate in South Carolina when asked whether he regretted calling the former president's actions “totally disgraceful and unacceptable.”
After Sanders made the comment, Clinton adviser John Podesta attacked him. The senator on Sunday insisted he would not engage in negative campaigning against Hillary Clinton.
“I have avoided doing that, trying to run an issue-oriented campaign,” he said to huge applause from the audience.
Asked by NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell why he answered the question, Sanders said: “I was asked a question. Then if I don't answer, then it's another front-page story.
“Yes, his behavior was deplorable,” Sanders continued. “But I'm going to debate Secretary Clinton and Gov. [Martin] O'Malley on the issues facing the American people” and not on Bill Clinton's personal life.
Republican front-runner Donald Trump has repeatedly used the former president's sex scandals as lines of attack, calling him “one of the great woman abusers of all time.”
The real estate mogul has defended his remarks, saying Bill Clinton is fair game after Hillary Clinton accused Trump of having a “penchant for sexism.”