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 SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race 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 BidenFighting a virus with the wrong tools Trump bucks business on Defense Production Act Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing 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 John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools 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-CortezOvernight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus Ocasio-Cortez blasts coronavirus stimulus package as 'shameful' on House floor Oil price drop threatens US fracking boom MORE (D-N.Y.) and filmmaker Michael Moore. Ocasio-Cortez, Moore and Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanOvernight Defense: 'Tens of thousands' of National Guard troops could be activated for coronavirus response | Hospital ships could take week to deploy | Trump says military to help Americans stuck in Peru Democrats introduce bill to send coronavirus tests to US troops in Middle East US general: Afghanistan deployments paused to protect troops from coronavirus 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 WarrenHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-Mass), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-Minn.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHillicon Valley: Facebook launches portal for coronavirus information | EU sees spike in Russian misinformation on outbreak | Senate Dem bill would encourage mail-in voting | Lawmakers question safety of Google virus website We need a massive economic response to counter the threat of the coronavirus Senator calls for cybersecurity review at health agencies after hacking incident 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."