Sanders focuses on Biden's record, predicts Michigan victory as primary becomes two-man race

Sanders focuses on Biden's record, predicts Michigan victory as primary becomes two-man race
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFirst lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News MORE’s surge in the Democratic field took center stage Sunday morning as Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats say they have the votes to advance .5T budget measure Millennial momentum means trouble for the GOP Briahna Joy Gray: White House thinks extending student loan pause is a 'bad look' MORE (I-Vt.) made the case he could defeat Biden in what has become essentially a two-person race for the Democratic presidential nomination. 

Sanders, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” predicted victory in Tuesday’s Michigan primary, which he also won over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote MORE in 2016.

“I feel good about the momentum we have. I think we are going to do well on Tuesday and beat Biden,” Sanders said. “You know, last time, as you indicated, it was seen as a big upset because polling had us down literally 20 points one day to the election.”

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Asked by Fox News's Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceAnything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi's retirement. Here's why Biden walks fine line with Fox News Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book MORE whether he would withdraw from the race if he lost Michigan, Sanders said he would not.

“Media ask you, ‘Is this state or that state life or death?’ I was asked that in Iowa. I was asked that in New Hampshire,” Sanders said. “We won California, the largest state in this country. We are winning among Latino voters big time. We are winning, winning among young people.”

Sanders also questioned the timing of Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBill would honor Ginsburg, O'Connor with statues at Capitol Overnight Health Care: CDC advises vaccinated to wear masks in high-risk areas | Biden admin considering vaccine mandate for federal workers Four senators call on Becerra to back importation of prescription drugs from Canada MORE's (D-Minn.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegChasten Buttigieg: DC 'almost unaffordable' JD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary MORE's withdrawal from the presidential race and their consolidation around Biden.

“The establishment put a great deal of pressure on Pete Buttigieg, on Amy Klobuchar, who ran really aggressive campaigns. Well, I know both of them. They worked really, really hard. But suddenly, right before Super Tuesday, they announced their withdrawal,” Sanders said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

“If they had not withdrawn from the race before Super Tuesday, which was kind of a surprise to a lot of people, I suspect we would have won in Minnesota, we would have won in Maine, we would have won in Massachusetts. The turnout may have been a little bit different,” he added.

Biden surpassed expectations in the Super Tuesday primaries days after his two moderate former competitors withdrew and endorsed him.

Sanders on Sunday took aim at Biden’s voting record as a senator, telling ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Jan. 6 probe, infrastructure to dominate week Sunday shows - Jan. 6 investigation dominates Senate Republican 'not happy' with Pelosi plan to delay infrastructure vote MORE that Biden had “not cast difficult votes” as a senator.

“What I'm saying here is that people want somebody who has a history of standing up and making the tough decisions in tough times,” he said, contrasting his record with Biden’s support of the Defense of Marriage Act and the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of federal funds for abortions.

Sanders said sexism likely played a role in another recent withdrawal from the race — Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans Warren hits the airwaves for Newsom ahead of recall election Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action MORE (D-Mass.) — telling CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperAly Raisman defends former teammate Biles: 'I'm proud of her' House Republican calls second bout of COVID-19 'far more challenging' Fauci says vulnerable populations may need vaccine booster shots MORE, “I think women have obstacles placed in front of them that men do not have.”

Warren's exit from the race leaves Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard on Chicago mayor's decision to limit media interviews to people of color: 'Anti-white racism' Fox News says network and anchor Leland Vittert have 'parted ways' New co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials MORE (D-Hawaii) as the only female candidate in a field that initially included a record number of women.

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

The Sanders and Biden campaigns also both announced major endorsements Sunday, with Biden announcing the endorsement of Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries Why in the world are White House reporters being told to mask up again? Want to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement MORE (D-Calif.) and Sanders announcing the endorsement of civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

“There is no one better prepared than Joe to steer our nation through these turbulent times, and restore truth, honor, and decency to the Oval Office. He is kind and endlessly caring, and he truly listens to the American people,” Harris said in a statement.

“You can see in his eyes how he takes to heart the experiences of mothers and fathers working to make ends meet and worrying about whether their children can be safe in their classroom, or young people who fight tirelessly to tackle climate change as they ask for a fair shot at the future in front of them. And with a lifetime in public service, Joe has a proven track record of getting things done,” she added.

Harris and Biden previously sparred at the Democratic debates last year over his opposition to desegregation busing.

Jackson also announced his endorsement of Sanders on Sunday. Sanders, then the mayor of Burlington, Vt., endorsed Jackson’s 1988 presidential bid.

"A people far behind cannot catch up choosing the most moderate path," Jackson said.

“The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Senator Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path,” Jackson said. “That’s why I choose to endorse him today.”