Sanders: Bill Clinton's scandals 'totally disgraceful'

Sanders: Bill Clinton's scandals 'totally disgraceful'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Ben & Jerry’s co-founders announce effort to help 7 Dem House challengers Dems look to Gillum, Abrams for pathway to victory in tough states MORE (I-Vt.) on Friday called Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonSexual assault is not a game — stop using women to score political points Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle Presidential approval: It's the economy; except when it's not MORE’s sex scandals “totally disgraceful and unacceptable” but said he would not use the former president's infidelities against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPompeo: 'We've not been successful' in changing US-Russia relations Michael Moore ties Obama to Trump's win in Michigan in 2016 The Memo: Could Kavanaugh furor spark another ‘year of the woman’? 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."

"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 John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her 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."