Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersManchin suggests pausing talks on .5 trillion package until 2022: report Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Sanders calls deadly Afghan drone strike 'unacceptable' MORE (I-Vt.) on Friday called it "disappointing" that he is not on the campaign trail in Iowa in the final weeks before the caucuses due to the ongoing impeachment trial.
“Obviously, when we were planning out our schedule, trust me, we were not expecting to be in Washington this week," Sanders said in an interview airing Friday on "CBS Evening News."
"We had set up a number of town meetings all over the state — we usually bring out good crowds — so it is disappointing to me to not be in Iowa talking to the people there,” he added.
Sanders argued that the time puts him "at a disadvantage," acknowledging that others such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE are still able to hit the campaign trail in the Hawkeye State.
NEW: 2020 presidential candidate Sen. @BernieSanders (I-VT) tells @NorahODonnell that the Senate impeachment trial, necessitating his presence in Washington, D.C., places him "at a disadvantage" ahead of the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3; watch more tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET. pic.twitter.com/l8WErwfHpV— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 24, 2020
Sanders is scheduled to attend a rally in Iowa on Saturday night and campaign in the state the next day after being forced to scrap a campaign event earlier this week due to the Senate trial against President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE.
All 100 senators are required to be in Washington, D.C., during the day for six days a week during the trial, which kicked off in earnest on Tuesday. House impeachment managers making the case for removing Trump from office presented their arguments over the past three days, while White House lawyers are slated to offer their defense of the president starting Saturday and into next week.
Sanders is expected to appear at his rally in Ames on Saturday night alongside Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMcCarthy on Dems' spending bill: 'The amount of money we spent to win World War II' On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Photos of the Week: Renewable energy, gymnast testimonies and a Met Gala dress MORE (D-N.Y.) and filmmaker Michael Moore. Ocasio-Cortez, Moore and Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanBiden seeks to build Democratic support among unions Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — A warning shot on Biden's .5T plan Overnight Defense & National Security — America's longest war ends MORE (D-Wis.), a co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus who recently endorsed Sanders, are also slated to appear at a town hall for Sanders in Cedar Falls earlier in the day.
Three of Sanders's opponents in the Democratic primary — Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Trojan Horse of protectionism Federal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants MORE (D-Mass), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharKlobuchar: 'It is evil to make it deliberately hard for people to vote' Democrats push to shield election workers from violent threats Harris, CBC put weight behind activist-led National Black Voter Day MORE (D-Minn.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetBuild Back Better Act must include funding to restore forests, make communities resilient and create jobs Interior reverses Trump, moves BLM headquarters back to DC Conservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan MORE (D-Colo.) — are also sitting through the impeachment trial.
Sanders told reporters last week that he was concerned about missing key time on the campaign trail. When asked on Friday, Sanders said he believes this extra time gives several of his opponents an upper hand.
“Politically, in the last week or so of the campaign? Yeah, I think it does," he said when asked if he thought the trial schedule benefitted Biden.
“He and others, not just Biden, are able to go out, talk to people, that’s really important."