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Sanders says it's 'disappointing' he's not on campaign trail in Iowa

Sanders says it's 'disappointing' he's not on campaign trail in Iowa
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Senate mulls changes to .9 trillion coronavirus bill NFL's Justin Jackson praises Sanders for opposing Biden's USDA nominee 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.

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Sanders argued that the time puts him "at a disadvantage," acknowledging that others such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE are still able to hit the campaign trail in the Hawkeye State.

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 TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE.

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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-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Detailed sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo 'painful to read' The GOP's uncertain future Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (D-N.Y.) and filmmaker Michael Moore. Ocasio-Cortez, Moore and Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanDemocrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' Senate Democrats likely to face key test of unity on 2022 budget Democrats blast Facebook over anti-vaccine pages 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 WarrenSenate mulls changes to .9 trillion coronavirus bill Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster MORE (D-Mass), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOpen-ended antitrust is an innovation killer FBI, DHS and Pentagon officials to testify on Capitol riot Five big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings MORE (D-Minn.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocrats: Minimum wage isn't the only issue facing parliamentarian Democrats plan crackdown on rising drug costs Overnight Health Care: Biden officials announce funding to track virus variants | Senate Dems unveil public option proposal | White House: Teacher vaccinations not required for schools to reopen 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."