Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense'

Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.) said Monday that the idea that he can’t work with Republicans is “total nonsense.”

Sanders spoke at a CNN town hall, where he referenced writing “one of the most sweeping veterans bills in history” with the last Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainDemocratic super PAC targets McSally over coronavirus response GOP senator suspending campaign fundraising, donating paycheck amid coronavirus pandemic Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much MORE (R-Ariz.) and working with Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeJustice IG pours fuel on looming fight over FISA court Senator Tom Coburn's government oversight legacy Trump on Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'I am so happy I can barely speak' MORE (R-Utah) to end the U.S. participation in the war in Yemen. 

“The idea I can't work with people is one of those myths that keeps popping up as the election day comes closer,” Sanders said. 

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Sanders’s answer was sparked by Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoCNN's Brooke Baldwin tests positive for coronavirus Chris Cuomo joins brother Andrew Cuomo at coronavirus briefing Chris Cuomo reveals coronavirus symptoms: Fever, shivering, hallucinations MORE asking him how he responds to former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE’s comments that he’s “polarizing” and “inflexible.” 

An audience member also posed a question to him asking how he will “allay the fears of those who see your political ideology as too radical” to beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE in the general election.

Sanders called it “absolutely imperative” to “defeat this extremely dangerous president” before citing polls which show him beating Trump.

“I know if you look at the media, they say Bernie’s ideas are radical, they are extreme, they are out of mainstream,” he added. “Let me just tell you, I don’t think that is true.”

The senator then asked the audience if raising the minimum wage to $15, offering free college for all or providing health care is “radical,” each to which the audience responded, “No!”

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“I rest my case,” Sanders said.

The presidential candidate addressed concerns about his ideology possibly being too liberal at the town hall as moderate Democrats are raising the alarm that Sanders would not be capable of defeating Trump.

Sanders leads the 2020 pack with 45 delegates from the first three primary races in the country.