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Sanders spokeswoman: A lot of candidates will have to answer for their past

A spokeswoman for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIn defense of incrementalism: A call for radical realism Thomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality Trump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday said that many of the progressive senator’s fellow 2020 contenders will have to answer for their past stances on various issues.

“A lot of candidates are going to have to answer for their histories — both in office and before they joined political office,” Briahna Joy Gray, told Hill.TV.

Gray did not mentions any candidates by name, but said she's not worried about Sanders, saying his “longevity is a selling point instead of something that you have to excuse.”

“We have a candidate who has been in office so, so long and yet at the same time doesn’t have all of those foibles,” she told Hill.TV, citing his long-standing support of civil rights.

Sanders is behind in the polls to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  New DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad MORE, whose past stance on the Iraq War and the 1994 crime bill have both come under attention. Biden also took criticism from Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisKamala Harris calls nurse on Thanksgiving to express gratitude in fight against COVID-19 Trump campaign loses appeal over Pennsylvania race The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE (D-Calif.), another presidential hopeful, during the first presidential debate for his past opposition to federal busing of students.  

Sanders will take the debate stage tonight in Houston at Texas Southern University alongside Biden and fellow progressive Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks MORE (D-Mass.). Those three candidates have been leading most recent national polls, along with surveys in Iowa and New Hampshire.  

—Tess Bonn