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Ben Carson Has an Unlikely Ally When It Comes to Media Scrutiny: 'We're Not Talking About the Real Issues Impacting Real People


"I know it's a crazy idea, but..."

ARLINGTON, VA - JULY 21: Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the National Teen Age RepublicansÕ Leadership conference July 21, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. Carson spoke on the national debt and addressed Donald TrumpÕs comments on Sen. John McCain with members of the press after the event. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)\n

The media's scrutiny of Ben Carson is unfair, according to Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Sanders (I-Vt.) told NBC's Chuck Todd Sunday morning that while the interviews with the Republican presidential candidate — who has recently found himself under fire for specific details about things he's said of his past — have been "interesting," the American people are more concerned with other issues such as the middle class and the economy.

"I know it's a crazy idea, but maybe we focus on the issues impacting the American people and what candidates are saying, rather than just spending so much time exploring their lives of 30 or 40 years ago," Sanders said on "Meet the Press."

The Democratic presidential candidate did not miss an opportunity to blast his Republican opponent on issues such as Medicare and climate change, however. Yet when Todd first asked him if  it was "fair game" for people to leak things candidates had written decades in the past, Sanders said no.

"I think the reason that so many people are turned off to the political process has a lot to do with the fact that we're not talking about the real issues impacting real people," Sanders said. 

Carson also responded to the "biased" media reports on his social media accounts over the weekend with the proclamation that those reports have brought in more than $3,500,000 in campaign donations.

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