Sanders on sexism facing female candidates: We're making progress, but 'it's too slow'

Sanders on sexism facing female candidates: We're making progress, but 'it's too slow'
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance | Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' | Don't attack Zoom for its Bernie Sanders federal tax bill Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' MORE (I-Vt.) said Sunday the country has made progress in terms of electing women but the progress has been “too slow.” 

CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCNN producer asked if she speaks English during arrest in Minnesota, lawyer says Arkansas governor says 'divisive' Trump attacks on GOP officials are 'unhelpful' Arkansas governor: Veto on trans youth bill was a 'message of compassion and conservatism' MORE asked Sanders if sexism and other forms of bigotry remain hurdles for candidates, following Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWorld passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Poll: 56 percent say wealth tax is part of solution to inequality Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents MORE (D-Mass.) exiting the race, leaving two white male major candidates: Sanders and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Biden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Mondale in last message to staff: 'Joe in the White House certainly helps' MORE

“Look the answer short answer is yes, I do. I think women have obstacles places in front of them that men do not have,” Sanders responded. 

“On the other hand, we have made progress in last 40, 50 years in terms of number of women now in Congress,” he said, adding that only a few decades ago Rep. Barbara Ann Mikulski (D-Md.) was the only woman serving in the House. 

“But [the] day has got to come sooner … that women can see themselves equally represented,” in politics and in leadership in companies across America, Sanders said. 

“[We’re] making progress, but it’s too slow and we’ve got to get rid of all the sexism that exists,” Sanders said. 

The Democratic presidential primary began with the most diverse field of candidates in U.S. history, including an unprecedented six women. 

Warren dropped out last week after a disappointing finish in Super Tuesday races. She said she will not immediately endorse a candidate. 

Sanders, who shares much of the same progressive agenda as Warren’s campaign, told Tapper he is not going to speculate on a possible endorsement from Warren. 

He added that he would love to have Warren’s support and the support of her supporters.