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 SandersBriahna Joy Gray: Progressives like Turner should reconsider running as Democrats Senate Democrats to introduce measure taxing major polluters Biden called Shontel Brown to congratulate her after Ohio primary win MORE (I-Vt.) said Sunday that his campaign plans to emphasize the billionaire donors supporting fellow 2020 White House hopeful Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate Sunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Chasten Buttigieg: DC 'almost unaffordable' 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.

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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.