Biden says Sanders would lose to Trump

Biden says Sanders would lose to Trump
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE would beat Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDon't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs MORE (I-Vt.) in a general election. 

Asked by NBC's Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddThe press ever-so-politely turns on Biden, as troubles mount NBC's Chuck Todd: Biden currently battling 'pretty big credibility crisis' 'Highest priority' is to vaccinate the unvaccinated, Fauci says MORE on "Meet the Press" if Sanders would lose to the Republican incumbent in the fall, Biden said, "I do." 

“I think Bernie Sanders’s positions on a number of issues, even in the Democratic Party, are very controversial," Biden said, noting the hefty price tag of the senator's signature "Medicare for All" proposal. 

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“Everybody’s going to look at Bernie’s record as closely as they’ve looked at mine over the last five months, and I think they’re going to see some stark differences in where we stand.”

Biden's comments followed his win in Saturday's South Carolina primary. Sanders is still leading the 2020 Democratic presidential field after the first four voting states. 

Biden has been making the case that his more moderate proposals would help Democrats against Trump, arguing that Sanders's progressive agenda and democratic socialist label could hurt the party and down ballot candidates. 

The candidates will next face off on Tuesday, when the largest number of states will hold primaries and caucuses. 

A spokesperson for the Sanders campaign was not immediately available for comment.