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01.24.2020

ONLY ON CBS NEWS: SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS TELLS NORAH O’DONNELL THAT THE SENATE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL, REQUIRING HIS PRESENCE IN D.C., PLACES HIM “AT A DISADVANTAGE” AHEAD OF THE IOWA CAUCUSES

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O’Donnell’s Interview with Sanders Will Air Tonight on the “CBS Evening News”

(6:30-7:00 PM, ET)

CBS EVENING NEWS anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell interviewed Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders today, Jan. 24, in Washington, D.C. More of the interview, including Sanders addressing former Vice President Biden’s request for an apology, will air tonight on the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL (6:30-7:00 PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.

*MANDATORY CREDIT: THE CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL*

Read more on CBSNews.com here. Rush transcripts below:

NORAH O’DONNELL: Impeachment’s now going to keep you here in Washington for about 10 days, and not in Iowa. Does that place you at a distinct disadvantage?

SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS: Well, let me be frank. I mean, obviously when we had planned out our schedule, trust me, we were not planning to be in Washington this week. We had set up a number of town meetings all over the state. We usually bring out good crowds. So it is disappointing to me not to be in Iowa talking to the people there. But…

O’DONNELL: Don’t you think it’s important business?

SANDERS: Here? Well, of course it is. And I am accepting my constitutional responsibility. But what I’m saying, obviously, it’s at a disadvantage.

O’DONNELL: Do you think it places Biden at an advantage over you?

SANDERS: Politically in the last week or so of the campaign, yeah, I think it does. I mean, he and others, not just Biden, are able to go out, talk to people. That’s really important.

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O’DONNELL: It was also mentioned by Senator Hillary Clinton, who said that while you two were campaigning against each other, that you also said that she was unqualified to be president. She said that you foster a toxic culture in your campaign where your prominent supporters, “Bernie bros,” attack women. And will you denounce those attacks?

SANDERS: I have, of course. I am sorry for what Secretary Clinton had to say. I know she said that nobody likes me, right? I mean, this is not the kind of rhetoric that we need right now when we are trying to bring the Democratic Party together to defeat the most dangerous president in American history.

O’DONNELL: When’s the last time you spoke with Senator Clinton?

SANDERS: It’s been quite a while.

O’DONNELL: Do you think it’s important to have her supporters if you were the nominee?

SANDERS: Well, right now, my job is to win in Iowa. It’s to win in New Hampshire, do everything we can. But what Secretary Clinton did indicate, I was glad to hear this, is that she would support the Democratic nominee. And if that’s me, I look forward to her support.

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Press Contact:

Brooke Lorenz

Lorenzb@cbsnews.com