Sanders says campaign will highlight billionaire Buttigieg donors ahead of New Hampshire primary

Sanders says campaign will highlight billionaire Buttigieg donors ahead of New Hampshire primary
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE (I-Vt.) said Sunday that his campaign plans to emphasize the billionaire donors supporting fellow 2020 White House hopeful Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina MORE in the lead-up  the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. 

“We are running all over this state, we’re talking to as many people as we can, we’re talking about what our agenda is,” Sanders said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday.

“We’re going to contrast our view with Mayor Buttigieg’s,” he said, adding that  “one of the areas of contrast is at last count” Buttigieg had about 40 billionaire donors.

Asked by CBS’s Margaret Brennan whether that “matters,” Sanders responded, “It matters enormously, that is precisely the problem with American politics.”

Candidates who receive contributions from pharmaceutical CEOs, Sanders said, “are not going to aggressively deal with the fact that in some case we pay 10 times more than our friends in Europe and Canada.”

Buttieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., is Sanders's closest competitor in polling of the New Hampshire primary.

Asked whether he would support Buttigieg or former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergGiuliani: Bloomberg 'jeopardized' stop and frisk by 'overusing it' Bloomberg calls on Trump to implement firearm background checks The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina MORE if either secures the Democratic president nomination, Sanders responded, “I think all of them will be far preferable to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE.”

But he added, “In the Democratic primary process, I will distinguish myself from the other Democratic candidates” on issues like  donors.

Brennan also asked if problems counting the votes and reporting the results in the Iowa caucuses last week were “damaging.”

“I kind of think that when you win the popular vote by 6,000 votes you win the election,” Sanders said, referencing his popular vote margin in the caucuses. 

“It is damaging, and it really saddens me,” he said.