Sanders: Biden 'is a decent guy, he's just wrong on the issues'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan To break the corporate tax logjam, tax overinflated CEO pay MORE (I-Vt.) on Monday told a crowd of ralliers in Minnesota that his main rival in the Democratic presidential primary, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football MORE, “is a decent guy, he’s just wrong on the issues.”

Sanders held a rally in St. Paul, Minn., the night ahead of Super Tuesday and combated the crowd’s “boos” for his competitor for the Democratic nomination.

“And I mean this very sincerely, Joe Biden is a friend of mine,” he said. “I have known Joe for a long time,” adding, “Nope, nope, nope, nope,” when some at the rally began booing at the mention of Biden’s name. 

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“Joe is a decent guy, he’s just wrong on the issues,” Sanders said, citing Biden's acceptance of money from wealthy donors, vote in approval of the Iraq War and votes for “disastrous” trade agreements.

The Vermont progressive also released a plea to former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegChasten Buttigieg: DC 'almost unaffordable' JD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary MORE’s and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden signals tough stance on tech with antitrust picks Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Competition laws could be a death knell for startup mergers and acquisitions MORE’s (D-Minn.) supporters to join his movement after both dropped out of the 2020 race and endorsed Biden in the last two days.

“Tonight, I want to open the door to Amy’s supporters, to Pete’s supporters,” he said. “We all have our differences. But I also know that virtually all of Amy’s supporters and Pete’s supporters understand that we have got to move toward a government which believes in justice, not greed.”

Minnesota’s 75 delegates are up for grabs on Super Tuesday, the same day 13 other states are voting. More than a third of the delegates in the primary across the country will be allocated based on Tuesday’s votes.

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Sanders has positioned himself as the anti-establishment candidate, which he said during the rally is making “the economic establishment and the political establishment ... very nervous.”

He currently leads with the highest number of delegates, 60, before the Super Tuesday races. 

Biden had a rocky start to the primary season, earning fourth and fifth places in Iowa and New Hampshire, respectively. But Biden currently has 54 delegates after a big win over the weekend in South Carolina. 

Biden's fellow moderate candidates Buttigieg and Klobuchar dropped out of the race to support the former vice president, with the hope of ending the split in the moderate vote.