Sanders declines to grade Obama presidency, but says he's an 'A+' compared to Trump

Sanders declines to grade Obama presidency, but says he's an 'A+' compared to Trump
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE (I-Vt.), a 2020 presidential contender, said Sunday that he wouldn’t give former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaImmigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids More adult Twitter users follow Obama than Trump: survey Trump's no racist; he's an equal opportunity offender MORE a “grade” on his presidency.

Speaking to ABC News’s “This Week” host Jon Karl, Sanders conceded that Obama gets an “A+” in his book compared to President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE.

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“Barack Obama was a very, very good president,” Sanders said.

“What grade would you give him?” Karl asked.

“I’m not going to give him a grade,” the Vermont senator continued. “Compared to the guy you have in the White House now, I'll give him an A+.”

Karl then noted that Trump and Republicans have expressed eagerness to run against Sanders and his ideology as a socialist, and asked Sanders if it was time for him to “disavow that label.”

“Anytime you do things for the people and you stand up to the wealthy and powerful, you’ll be labeled this that and the other thing,” Sanders said.

“All of the issues that we have talked about, these are ideas that in one form or another are in fact supported by the American people.”

Polls have repeatedly showed Sanders, who lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump thanks 'vicious young Socialist Congresswomen' for his poll numbers Will Trump's racist tweets backfire? Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE in 2016, as a front-runner in the 2020 race. He is expected to go head-to-head with Obama’s former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Sanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE, who has worked to tie himself closely to the former president since launching his campaign.