Sanders: 'We have made enormous progress' with down-ballot progressive primary victories

Sanders: 'We have made enormous progress' with down-ballot progressive primary victories
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan To break the corporate tax logjam, tax overinflated CEO pay MORE (I-Vt.) expressed confidence in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party even with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football MORE at the top of its presidential ticket, saying Sunday that the party’s progressives are “making enormous progress.”

“The progressive movement has been making enormous progress, not only in electing candidates to congress, not only in electing candidates to state legislatures, but also in electing candidates for district attorney who are transforming criminal justice in America,” Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“On all of the ideas that we have been campaigning on, the understanding that health care is a human right, the need to raise the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour, to understand that climate change is an existential threat… we have made enormous progress in bringing the American people in our direction, especially the younger generation,” he added.

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 asked Sanders about dissatisfaction in some progressive quarters with Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law MORE (D-Calif.) as his running mate due to her career as a prosecutor.

Sanders was complimentary of his colleague, saying: “I believe that Kamala is incredibly smart, incredibly tough and I would not like to be Vice President Pence in a debate with her … I think she’s going to be an asset to the campaign.”

The Vermont senator and self-identified democratic socialist acknowledged many of his supporters were not enthusiastic about the Biden campaign, but said that he thinks that "there’s overwhelming understanding that Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE must be defeated, Joe Biden must be elected, and the day after he’s elected we’re going to do everything we can to create a government that works for all of us and not just the 1 percent.”