Biden says Sanders would have 'great trouble' helping Democrats keep House, win Senate

Biden says Sanders would have 'great trouble' helping Democrats keep House, win Senate
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign emails supporters encouraging mask-wearing: 'We have nothing to lose' Cuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks MORE said Sunday that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Trump Spanish-language ad equates progressives, socialists Biden's tax plan may not add up MORE (I-Vt.) would have “great trouble” helping Democrats retain the House and win the Senate if he is the party's is the nominee.

“You’re convinced that the Democrats will lose big in November if Bernie Sanders is the nominee?” host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosMeadows defends US COVID-19 testing amid criticism Meadows says White House is 'hopeful' it can announce new coronavirus therapies 'in the coming days' Mary Trump's book sells 950,000 copies in preorders alone MORE asked Biden on ABC's "This Week."

“I think he’ll have great trouble bringing along other senators, keeping the House of Representatives, winning back the Senate and down-ballot initiatives,” Biden said. 

The former vice president also said voters face a "stark choice" between himself and Sanders.

“It’s not about whether we restore the soul of the Democratic Party,” Biden said. “It’s about restore the soul, uniting this country, the whole country, and I think I can do that.”

Sanders, who also appeared on ABC’s “This Week” denied Biden’s arguments, calling them “absolutely untrue.”

“We’re gonna come together because we all understand that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE is the greatest threat to this country in the modern history of this country,” Sanders said.

Biden had struggled to keep up with Sanders who won contests in New Hampshire and Nevada and was the runner-up in Iowa.

With the former vice president's win on Saturday in South Carolina, he now has 48 delegates, compared to Sanders’s 56. Ten South Carolina delegates have yet to be awarded.