Sanders to skip AIPAC

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Dems: Don't leave for break without Supreme Court vote Sanders: Young voters will 'come on board' Clinton's campaign The Trail 2016: The fallout 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. 

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"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 Rodham ClintonTrump camp touts million raised since debate Trump reveals how he calmed his nerves before debate GOP lawmakers give Trump bad reviews on debate performance MORE and GOP candidates Ted CruzTed CruzFunding bill rejected as shutdown nears Cruz: Clinton 'tired' and 'formulaic' during debate The Trail 2016: Fight night MORE, John Kasich and Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump camp touts million raised since debate Trump reveals how he calmed his nerves before debate GOP lawmakers give Trump bad reviews on debate performance 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.