Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) took his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to the airwaves today, joining the hosts of The View for a conversation in an attempt to reach an audience that may not normally encounter his campaign ads or attend one of his rallies.
While he was on the program, Sanders was pushed by View co-host Meghan McCain about his willingness to work in a bipartisan manner in the Senate.
The progressive standard-bearer was reiterating his widely-shared opinion that Donald Trump is the most dangerous president in the history of our nation when the daughter of his late colleague Senator John McCain asked him whether he was willing to work with any of the Republicans in Congress.
“I’m generally curious about bipartisanship,” Meghan McCain told Senator Sanders. “Can you name any?”
The senator didn’t hesitate before offering up the name of Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) as someone who he’d be happy to work with. With Isakson having recently announced his retirement from Congress due to health reasons, McCain wanted more names from Sanders.
“He’s retiring,” she said, dismissing his reply quickly.
“Your dad was somebody I worked with,” Sanders offered.
“But they’re dead or now not serving anymore,” McCain complained.
“Johnny is not dead,” Sanders archly replied.
“I know,” McCain continued, “but he’s leaving, he’s retiring.”
An exasperated Sanders reached back for his next attempt at coming up with a name that would be acceptable to his interrogator.
“Look,” Sanders exclaimed. “Even somebody like a George W. Bush, who was a very conservative guy.”
That still wasn’t enough for McCain, who wanted Sanders to name a member of the GOP who is currently serving in Congress that he could work with if he were to be elected president.
“Lamar Alexander,” Sanders shot back. “He is head of the committee that I’m on. He’s a conservative Republican.”
McCain got more than she bargained for when Senator Sanders explained why he felt Senator Alexander was different from other Republicans and the barriers the erected to discourage bipartisan action.
“He’s not a liar, a sexist, a racist or a homophobe,” Sanders told a glaring McCain about his feelings regarding Senator Alexander. “I worked with your dad on issues where we think people can come together. That’s what politics is supposed to be about, and we have a president today, and it gives me no joy to say this. He’s a pathological liar, and when people ask me, what do you think about Trump said five minutes ago in a tweet? I’m not going to say anything because 10 minutes from now, he’s going to change his view, and I can’t comment.”
You can watch Senator Bernie Sanders’ appearance on The View in the video below.
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Original reporting by Travis Gettys at RawStory.
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