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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 SandersWhat the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform Business groups prepare for lobbying push against minimum wage Schumer: Senate could pave way for reconciliation on COVID relief next week MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday pushed back on a former aide who said presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE is not doing enough to attract his formal progressive rival's supporters, saying the "vast majority" of them consider President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' 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 StephanopoulosChristie: Republicans claiming election was stolen trying to score 'political points' with those Trump 'lied to' Getting to herd immunity before next school year 'an ambitious goal,' says surgeon general nominee Klobuchar says Senate impeachment trial of former official is constitutional: 'We have precedent' 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