Sanders slams Biden: He brings 'a lot of baggage' into the race

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) slammed his Democratic primary opponent former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE for the “baggage” he’d bring to a general election facing President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE. 

“It’s just a lot of baggage that Joe takes into a campaign, which isn’t going to create energy and excitement,” Sanders told The Washington Post in an interview published Thursday. 

“He brings into this campaign a record which is so weak that it just cannot create the kind of excitement and energy that is going to be needed to defeat Donald Trump,” Sanders continued. 

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Sanders said Trump would likely prey on certain aspects of Biden’s record. 

“It doesn’t take much imagination to understand that Trump will be saying, ‘You see this guy? He voted for NAFTA,’ ” Sanders told the Post. 

He also hit Biden over running a “traditional” campaign, by “running to wealthy people’s homes and raising large sums of money.” Sanders has sworn off big dollar donations, as has his progressive opponent Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.). 

An official for the Biden campaign was not immediately available for comment. 

Sanders, with his grassroots campaign, is leading the field in terms of fundraising, based on candidates that have announced fourth quarter totals.

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The Sanders campaign reported it raked in more than $34.5 million in the last three months. Biden’s campaign announced it raised $22.7 million. 

Sanders has recently been surging past Biden and other top-tier candidates ahead of the Iowa caucuses. 

A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Sanders leading the field in New Hampshire, a state he carried in 2016, and trailing former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE in Iowa by only 2 points. 

Biden still leads the field nationally, based on the RealClearPolitics average. 

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