Sanders to skip AIPAC
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHarvard law professor: Impeachment could worsen political dysfunction, polarization Gun control debate shifts to hardening schools after Texas shooting Bernie Sanders: NRA to blame for lack of action on gun control MORE will skip next week's AIPAC conference, making him the only presidential candidate in either party not to address the major pro-Israel conference. 

The Vermont senator said in Friday letter to AIPAC head Robert Cohen that he could not make the conference in Washington. 

"I would very much have enjoyed speaking at the AIPAC conference. Obviously, issues impacting Israel and the Middle East are of the utmost importance to me, to our country and to the world," he wrote. "Unfortunately, I am going to be traveling throughout the West and the campaign schedule that we have prevents me from attending."

Sanders said that he would send remarks to AIPAC on Monday and asked the group to give those remarks to conference-goers. 

His letter notes that candidates aren't allowed to address the conference remotely.

Rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonStopping Robert Mueller to protect us all Hillary Clinton hits Trump, pulls out Russian hat during Yale speech Giuliani: Mueller plans to wrap up Trump obstruction probe by Sept. 1 MORE and GOP candidates Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTed Cruz and Bill Nelson give NASA a reality check on privatizing International Space Station Ten dead after shooting at Texas high school Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers MORE, John Kasich and Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJuan Williams: Trump gives life to the left Kennedy retirement rumors shift into overdrive Pompeo to outline post-deal strategy on Iran MORE will all speak to the conference. 

Sanders is the only Jewish candidate in the race and is running to become the first Jewish president.