Sanders on reparations: There are better ways than 'just writing a check'

Sanders on reparations: There are better ways than 'just writing a check'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: LIVE: Trump from Gettysburg | The many unknowns of 2020 | Omar among those facing primary challenges Trump's personality is as much a problem as his performance Sierra Club endorses Biden for president  MORE (I-Vt.) raised questions about the issue of reparations Friday during an appearance on "The View."

His comments come as the issue of reparations for descendants of slavery has become a topic of debate among his fellow 2020 Democratic primary candidates, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick The Hill's Campaign Report: LIVE: Trump from Gettysburg | The many unknowns of 2020 | Omar among those facing primary challenges Sens. Markey, Cruz clash over coronavirus relief: 'It's not a goddamn joke Ted' MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Nearly 100,000 children tested positive for coronavirus over two weeks last month | Democrats deny outreach to Trump since talks collapsed | California public health chief quits suddenly On The Money: Administration defends Trump executive orders | CBO reports skyrocketing deficit | Government pauses Kodak loan pending review Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE (D-Mass.).

Neither candidate has offered a specific plan to address the issue.

"What does that mean?" Sanders asked, when when pressed by ABC's Sunny Hostin on whether he would support some form of reparation plan.

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"Money," she answered.

“I think that right now, our job is to address the crises facing the American people and our communities, and I think there are better ways to do that than just writing out a check,” Sanders responded.

Sanders also said during the interview that addressing the needs of "distressed communities" of all races would be a top priority under his presidency.

“I think what we have got to do is pay attention to distressed communities: black communities, Latino communities and white communities, and as president, I pledge to do that,” Sanders said in the interview.

The senator, who announced his presidential bid earlier this month, has faced criticism in the past that his 2016 campaign team was not diverse enough.

His 2020 campaign co-chairs include Nina Turner, the head of his Our Revolution organization. The senator has also tapped Faiz Shakir, a progressive activist and a Muslim, to manage his campaign in what is believed to be the first instance of a Muslim American running a major presidential campaign.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill No signs of breakthrough for stalemated coronavirus talks Governors air frustrations with Trump on unemployment plans MORE (D-Calif.) affirmed her support this week for a bill by Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeDemocratic attorneys criticize House Judiciary Democrats' questioning of Barr Steyer endorses reparations bill, commits to working with Jackson Lee Democrats set to hold out for big police reform MORE (D-Texas) that would establish a commission to study the issue of granting reparations to African-Americans.