Sanders on Bloomberg debate performance: Likely Trump would 'chew him up and spit him out'

Sanders on Bloomberg debate performance: Likely Trump would 'chew him up and spit him out'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Sanders still sees 'narrow path' to Democratic presidential nomination Tenants call on lawmakers to pass rent freezes MORE (I-Vt.) in an interview slammed former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg for his performance in this week's Democratic primary debate, saying he thinks that President TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says MORE would "chew him up.”

“I think it’s quite likely that Trump [would] chew him up and spit him out,” Sanders told CNN's Anderson Cooper in a pre-recorded "60 Minutes" interview that's set to air on Sunday.

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Wednesday night's primary debate in Las Vegas was Bloomberg's debut on the debate stage, but was the ninth primary debate overall this election cycle.

Bloomberg, a billionaire, faced fierce attacks from his fellow candidates all night on Wednesday.

"Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women, and of supporting racist policies like redlining and stop and frisk," Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Biden faces pesky enthusiasm challenge despite big primary numbers MORE (D-Mass.) said at the beginning of the debate, drawing a comparison between Bloomberg and Trump. "Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another."

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) added later: "I don't think you look at Donald Trump and say, we need someone richer than Donald Trump in the White House."

Bloomberg entered the primary race late and isn't on the ballot in the first four voting states, including Saturday's caucuses in Nevada. He has spent hundreds of millions of his own dollars in advertising efforts that have helped him surge in national polls. He is targeting Super Tuesday states.