EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Bernie Sanders on the 2020 Election

The presidential election is just over 100 days away, and the race is increasingly dominated by two issues: coronavirus and the reckoning over racism. Joe Biden is forging a remarkable bond with his main rival for the nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who says Biden could be the most progressive president since FDR.

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CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: And am I right that this is an extraordinary shift, that this unity is something that we haven’t seen in a long time, certainly not the previous cycle in 2016?

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT): Well, I think there is an understanding of all Democrats, independents and a number of Republicans that Donald Trump is the most dangerous president in the history of this country, that he is threatening the very foundations of American democracy, that he rejects science, that he’s a pathological liar, that he’s a racist and a sexist. And I think just that factor alone, among many other things, is bringing the American people together to say, this guy cannot be reelected.

AMANPOUR: But it is so interesting, because, you know, you and Vice President Biden fought on different, I guess, sides of the Democratic spectrum. You were much more progressive. He was much more centrist. And now this new plan and your new joint task force has really shown a shift to the progressive causes that you have fought for. Would you say it’s these — it’s not just President Trump, but it’s also the moment, the pandemic, the racial injustice, that’s causing this shift?

SANDERS: Yes. Yes, I agree.

AMANPOUR: How would you describe it?

SANDERS: Look, Christiane, I agree with that. I think it’s not only Trump, but it is the unprecedented moment that we are now living in. I think everybody understands this. We’re looking at the worst public health crisis in 100 years. We’re looking at the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression. We are looking at millions of people demanding that we address the systemic racism that is so prevalent in American society. People want change. And I was very delighted that the vice president agreed to work with our campaign in putting together six separate task forces dealing with the major issues of our country. And I think we hammered out some agreements which will make, in my view, Joe Biden a very progressive president, if he, in fact, implements what has been written.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders explains why he thinks Joe Biden could be the most progressive president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Persepolis creator Marjane Satrapi discusses her new film “Radioactive,” based on the life of Nobel Laureate Marie Curie. Author Thomas Chatterton Williams joins Walter Isaacson to discuss “cancel culture” and his book “Self-Portrait in Black and White,”