Sanders rips Schultz's possible 2020 bid: Any billionaire can throw TV ads around and be credible

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mount Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' MORE (I-Vt.) on Tuesday slammed Howard Schultz's possible 2020 presidential bid, claiming that his credibility as a potential candidate was buoyed by his status as a billionaire.

Sanders lambasted Schultz in an interview on "CBS This Morning" after announcing his own candidacy for president.

"Oh isn't that nice?" Sanders said sarcastically when CBS's John Dickerson mentioned Schultz's possible run as an independent. "Why is Howard Schultz on every television station in this country? Why are you quoting Howard Schultz? Because he's a billionaire."

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"There are a lot of people I know personally who work hard for a living and make 40 or $50,000 a year who know a lot more about politics, than, with all due respect, does Mr. Schultz," Sanders continued.

"But because we have a corrupt system, anybody who is a billionaire and can throw a lot of TV ads around on television suddenly becomes very, very credible," he added.

"So Mr. Schultz, what is he blackmailing the Democratic Party? If you don't nominate Bernie Sanders, he's not going to run?" he quipped. "Well, I don't think we should succumb to that kind of blackmail."

Schultz, a former Starbucks CEO, has drawn ample media attention without making any formal announcement of his possible White House run. He has been featured on CBS's "60 Minutes" and held an hourlong prime-time town hall on CNN.

Sanders said his primary goal is to defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Trump to hold outdoor rally in New Hampshire on Saturday Eighty-eight years of debt pieties MORE in 2020. 

"The bottom line for me is I think it is absolutely imperative that Donald Trump be defeated," he said in Tuesday's interview.