Bernie Sanders may be the most liberal candidate running for president, but he said today Republicans are not his “enemies,” in what seemed like a veiled jab at the Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton.
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"Well, as the most progressive member of the United States Senate, I obviously have strong disagreements with the Republicans on every issue,” Sanders said at a news conference outside of Penn Station in New York City. “There is no issue that we don't have fundamental disagreements, but I would not use the word 'enemies' to describe a fellow American. Strong differences in opinion, opponents, I wouldn't use the word enemies."
Sanders was responding to a question about whether he agreed with Vice President Joe Biden saying in his speech in the Rose Garden today, “I don’t believe as some do that it’s naïve to talk to Republicans. ... They are not our enemies.” This is just one week after Clinton cited "the Republicans" as the enemy she's most proud of in the Democratic debate.
When asked about the momentum of his campaign, he said he is going to “continue running a positive issue oriented campaign. We don't do negative ads, we don't make personal attacks. So we’ll just continue doing what we’re doing and we look forward to success.”
The Vermont senator, standing in front of a New York City hot dog stand, praised Biden, calling him a "man who has devoted his entire life to public service and to the well-being of working families and the middle class. He made a difficult decision based on the needs of his family and his view of his future and I respect the decision that he made." Biden announced today that he will not be a candidate in the 2016 presidential race.
Sanders then thanked both Biden and the president, saying the country has seen "significant progress" because of their administration, noting they have "more than a year to go."
"I look forward to working with Joe Biden, who I know will remain active in these struggles," he said as a crowd of about 40 onlookers formed outside of the train station.
Sanders got a big cheer when he finished with one man yelling, "Can I get an autograph?" Another spectator waiting for Sanders to arrive on his train from Washington shouted, “I feel the Bern!” Sanders is in New York to appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
In an ABC News-Washington Post poll released Tuesday, Clinton has 64% support while Sanders has 25%.