Sanders: 'I'm only grumpy most of the time'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Booker defends middle-ground health care approach: 'We're going to fight to get there' Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate MORE (I-Vt.) says he’s not always a grump, just “most of the time.”

Asked by NowThis News in a video released Thursday what’s a common misconception about him, the famously cantankerous Sanders replied, “They think I’m grumpy all of the time, and I’m only grumpy most of the time.”

“There are some times I’m not grumpy,” the 77-year-old Democratic White House hopeful quipped. “Now is not one of those times,” he added with a smile.

The Atlantic reported in March that Sanders’s presidential campaign was attempting to shed any Oscar the Grouch-esque persona and “humanize” the lawmaker, who’s long been known to shy away from questions about his personal life.


“He’s a very decent guy,” Rep. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchHouse Democrats blur lines on support for impeachment Overnight Health Care: Oversight chair plans to call drug executives to testify on costs | Biden airs anti-'Medicare for All' video | House panel claims Juul deliberately targeted kids Mueller agrees investigation did not 'fail to turn up evidence of conspiracy' MORE (D-Vt.) told the magazine at the time. “Warm and cuddly, he’s not.”

Sanders also opened up about his worst habit in his sit-down with NowThis, saying it’s “thinking about bad things before I go to sleep and worrying and not being able to sleep enough. I stopped reading the newspapers before I go to sleep.”

Sanders admitted he doesn’t “get enough” shut-eye, saying although he’d like to get eight hours of sleep, he averages about five hours a night.