EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Bernie Sanders talks differences with Biden
ST. LOUIS - Senator Bernie Sanders stopped in St. Louis on Monday just a day before Missourians will head to the polls to decide who will win the state’s 78 Democratic delegates.
Before firing up the 2,800 supporters at his campaign rally, Sanders answered questions from KOMU, the only mid-Missouri television news team present.
After former Vice President Joe Biden carried home wins in 10 states on Super Tuesday, last week, some voters have openly questioned whether the Vermont senator has what it takes to win over the Midwest.
Sanders, however, appeared confident in his appeal to voters.
“I think the agenda we are fighting for: healthcare as a human right, raising the minimum wage to a living wage, and dealing with the existential threat of climate change is the agenda the people of Missouri support,” he said.
He also tried to separate himself from his competition, saying Biden supported a Wall Street bailout, “disastrous” trade agreements, is funded by billionaires, and doesn’t agree with Sanders’ medicare-for-all single-payer system.
His swipes didn’t just target challengers in the Democratic race. He also attacked President Donald Trump.
“We hope that people understand that it is absolutely imperative that we defeat Donald Trump, who in my view is the most dangerous president in the history of this country, doesn’t believe in our Constitution, is a pathological liar. I think we are the candidate to defeat Trump,” he said.
Missouri isn’t alone in voting Tuesday. Voters in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Washington will also cast their ballots tomorrow.
Sanders said winning the Show-Me State, especially getting millennial voters to the polls is crucial to his campaign.
“We got six states coming up tomorrow, Missouri is one of the most important states. We look forward to doing as well as we possibly can here...If we can have a large voter turnout tomorrow, I think we’ll do just fine,” he said.
Polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. statewide on Tuesday.
This article is a part of the KOMU Smart Decision series, helping keep you informed on political candidates and issues in the 2020 election season.