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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 SandersTrump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Trump mocks Joe Biden's drive-in rallies at North Carolina event Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' 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 McCainMark Kelly releases Spanish ad featuring Rep. Gallego More than 300 military family members endorse Biden Jennifer Lawrence says until Trump she was 'a little Republican' MORE (R-Ariz.) and working with Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeePence adviser Marty Obst tests positive for COVID-19 Two Loeffler staffers test positive for COVID-19 End the American military presence in Somalia 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 CuomoChris CuomoLast hurrah for the establishment media CNN's Lemon: Asking Biden, Harris about 'hypothetical' court packing 'not a legitimate question' California Republicans ordered to remove unofficial ballot drop boxes MORE asking him how he responds to former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 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 TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 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.