Sanders pushes back on doubts supporters will back Biden

Sanders pushes back on doubts supporters will back Biden
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez's 2nd grade teacher tells her 'you've got this' ahead of DNC speech Trump and allies grapple with how to target Harris Chris Wallace: Kamala Harris 'not far to the left despite what Republicans are gonna try to say' MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday pushed back on a former aide who said presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE is not doing enough to attract his formal progressive rival's supporters, saying the "vast majority" of them consider President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE to be the “most dangerous president in modern history.”

"Your former campaign manager Jeff Weaver put out a memo this week where he warned that Vice President Biden is falling far short with your supporters, the supporters who supported you during the primary campaign that he's going to need in November. Is he right about that?” host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSchumer declines to say whether Trump executive orders are legal: They don't 'do the job' Meadows defends US COVID-19 testing amid criticism Meadows says White House is 'hopeful' it can announce new coronavirus therapies 'in the coming days' MORE asked Sanders on ABC's "This Week."

“I think, at the end of day, they will be voting for Joe Biden,” Sanders responded.

“But I think what Joe is going to have to do and he’s beginning to move in that direction, is to say that those working-class people, say to those young people, say to those minorities, 'Listen, I understand your situation,'” he added. 

The Vermont senator also said he thinks the Biden campaign knows it has to demonstrate an understanding for those populations in order to earn their votes. 

“I think they are going to reach out to our supporters and come up with an agenda that speaks to the needs of working families, of young families, of minority communities,” Sanders said.

The primary race between Sanders, who dropped out last month, and Biden has highlighted the tug-of-war of the Democratic Party between moderate and progressive candidates.

Biden has taken steps to accept parts of the progressive movement's agenda by embracing expanding health care coverage eligibility through Medicare, canceling student debt for millions and resetting the bankruptcy system