Sanders slams Biden: He brings 'a lot of baggage' into the race

Sanders slams Biden: He brings 'a lot of baggage' into the race
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record The Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary MORE (I-Vt.) slammed his Democratic primary opponent former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger pens op-ed in defense of Biden: 'I stuttered once, too. I dare you to mock me' MORE for the “baggage” he’d bring to a general election facing President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE

“It’s just a lot of baggage that Joe takes into a campaign, which isn’t going to create energy and excitement,” Sanders told The Washington Post in an interview published Thursday. 

“He brings into this campaign a record which is so weak that it just cannot create the kind of excitement and energy that is going to be needed to defeat Donald Trump,” Sanders continued. 

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Sanders said Trump would likely prey on certain aspects of Biden’s record. 

“It doesn’t take much imagination to understand that Trump will be saying, ‘You see this guy? He voted for NAFTA,’ ” Sanders told the Post. 

He also hit Biden over running a “traditional” campaign, by “running to wealthy people’s homes and raising large sums of money.” Sanders has sworn off big dollar donations, as has his progressive opponent Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Environmental activists interrupt Buttigieg in New Hampshire Pence to visit Iowa days before caucuses MORE (D-Mass.). 

An official for the Biden campaign was not immediately available for comment. 

Sanders, with his grassroots campaign, is leading the field in terms of fundraising, based on candidates that have announced fourth quarter totals.

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The Sanders campaign reported it raked in more than $34.5 million in the last three months. Biden’s campaign announced it raised $22.7 million. 

Sanders has recently been surging past Biden and other top-tier candidates ahead of the Iowa caucuses. 

A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Sanders leading the field in New Hampshire, a state he carried in 2016, and trailing former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Environmental activists interrupt Buttigieg in New Hampshire Pence to visit Iowa days before caucuses MORE in Iowa by only 2 points. 

Biden still leads the field nationally, based on the RealClearPolitics average.