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Young Turks founder: Sanders, Warren 'should not spend one second attacking each other'

The founder of the progressive online channel "The Young Turks" said Friday that Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Becerra says he wants to 'build on' ObamaCare when pressed on Medicare for All MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats to keep minimum wage hike in COVID-19 relief bill for Friday vote Sanders slams parliamentarian decision on minimum wage Parliamentarian nixes minimum wage hike in coronavirus bill MORE (I-Vt.) should present a united front during the second Democratic primary debate next week.

“They should not spend one second attacking each other — they should tag-team the rest of the corporate Democrats,” Cenk Uygur said during an interview that aired on Hill.TV's “Rising.”

“Elizabeth Warren should have Bernie’s back when he’s attacked and Bernie should have Elizabeth Warren’s back when she’s attacked,” he added.

Uygur, who has espoused support for both candidates, said the two 2020 rivals should use the shared stage to get their progressive messages out.

“We have millions of dollars in free media at stake — make your progressive message, make it clear and make it loud and do not fight each other,” he said, noting that its still very early in the Democratic primary. 

Warren and Sanders are poised to headline the first night of debates in Detroit on July 30. It will mark the first time the presidential hopefuls have shared the debate stage.

Warren was the only top-tier candidate to appear during the first night of Democratic debates last month, while Bernie appeared the following night with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTo unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination MORE (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSenate confirms former Michigan governor Granholm as Energy secretary Senate confirms Vilsack as Agriculture secretary Biden to detail 'roadmap' for partnership with Canada in meeting with Trudeau MORE, among others.

As the liberal heavyweights in the race, Sanders and Warren have mostly avoided each other so far in the race, but have sought to define themselves as the progressive standard-bearer as they seek to shore up support from the party's left flank.

The two senators could look to use the debate spotlight to potentially set themselves apart. They have registered similar numbers in most recent national polls and are the only two 2020 candidates to boast more than 1 million in campaign donations.

Warren and Sanders will face eight other candidates, including Buttigieg and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOpen-ended antitrust is an innovation killer FBI, DHS and Pentagon officials to testify on Capitol riot Five big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings MORE (D-Minn.), on their debate stage next week.

The second night of debates will be headlined by Biden and Harris, marking a rematch after the pair clashed in the first debate in June. The second group also includes former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Sens. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocrats: Minimum wage isn't the only issue facing parliamentarian Democrats plan crackdown on rising drug costs Overnight Health Care: Biden officials announce funding to track virus variants | Senate Dems unveil public option proposal | White House: Teacher vaccinations not required for schools to reopen MORE (D-Colo.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandCapito asks White House to allow toxic chemicals rule to proceed Lobbying world The Memo: Punish Trump or risk a repeat, warn Democrats MORE (D-N.Y.), among others.

—Tess Bonn