Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie SandersBernie SandersDo progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case In defense of share buybacks MORE on Sunday dismissed concerns that he can’t win a general election.
Responding to comments from Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who said he is unelectable, Sanders said he would beat Republican primary front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE “badly” in a head-to-head matchup.
“Well, what I say to her is that if she would look at the matchups that are taking place between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump right now, she would find that we were 15 points ahead of him nationally,” Sanders said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“In tossup states, battleground states like Iowa and New Hampshire, we are even further ahead of him,” he added.
Sanders pointed to Trump’s stances on the economy and climate change as vulnerabilities that he is uniquely positioned to expose.
“I would very much look forward to a race against Donald Trump, a guy who does not want to raise the minimum wage but wants to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the two two-tenths of one percent who thinks wages in America are too high and who thinks that climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese,” he said.
“There is nothing more in this world that I would like to take on more than Donald Trump,” he added. “We would beat him, and we would beat him badly.”