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Sanders: Bill Clinton's scandals 'totally disgraceful'

Sanders: Bill Clinton's scandals 'totally disgraceful'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Democratic senators press PhRMA over COVID-19 lobbying efforts  MORE (I-Vt.) on Friday called Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFire-proofing forests is not possible Obama's presidential center may set modern record for length of delay Appeals court affirms North Carolina's 20-week abortion ban is unconstitutional MORE’s sex scandals “totally disgraceful and unacceptable” but said he would not use the former president's infidelities against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonVirginia governor's race poses crucial test for GOP Hillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Hillary Clinton: Casting doubt on 2020 election is 'doing Putin's work' MORE.

Sanders's comments came after an Iowa town hall attendee raised Bill Clinton's affair in the White House and questioned if Hillary Clinton was qualified to be president, the Washington Post reported.

“My question to you is, isn't one of the qualifications to be president to have some kind of moral authority?” the attendee asked Sanders. “I mean, how can you tell a Secret Service agent that he has to be fired for having an affair with a prostitute in a hotel room, but support a president who has an affair — a known affair — in the White House. It seems to me she isn't qualified."

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"I hear what you’re saying,” Sanders responded. “Hillary Clinton is not Bill Clinton. What Bill Clinton did, I think we can all acknowledge was totally, totally, totally disgraceful and unacceptable."

“But I am running against Hillary Clinton. I am not running against Bill Clinton,” he continued. “What we need to do as a nation is focus on the bloody issues facing this country."

Sanders said he would not discuss the personal lives of his rivals and would instead focus on the issues.

"I am not going to get into the personal stuff,” Sanders said, according to The Washington Examiner. “We're looking at somebody who, in a long political career — you can call my friends in Vermont to verify this — I've never run a negative TV ad in my life.

"I am running against Hillary Clinton. We're not running against Bill Clinton," Sanders continued. "But I am running against Hillary Clinton, and I believe ... what we need to do as a nation — certainly something the Republicans are not doing — is focus on the bloody issues facing this country."

Bill Clinton’s past is again under scrutiny after Donald TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE raised his past infidelities, calling him “one of the great women abusers of all time.”

Trump defended his attacks, saying Bill Clinton was fair game after Hillary Clinton accused the GOP front-runner of having a "penchant for sexism."