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Sanders on Trump: Americans 'Should Be Very Concerned' About Someone Who Changes His Mind on 'Virtually Every Issue


"I do appreciate his love and his compassion for me, but I don't really accept his words."

Senate Budget ranking member Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., holds a news conference to introduce legislation 'to make millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share of estate taxes and close loopholes that have allowed billionaires to avoid billions in taxes' on Thursday, June 25, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders thinks the American people should be wary of a candidate like Donald Trump, whom he says changes his mind on “virtually every issue."

In an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Sanders discussed the proposed debate between himself and the presumptive GOP nominee.

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Despite the fact that he was the first person to entertain the idea, Trump issued a statement Friday saying that he would not debate Sen. Sanders, noting that “it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher.”

Sanders told “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson that it is this sort of behavior that makes Trump an untrustworthy candidate.

"Donald Trump said he wanted to go forward, then he changed his mind, said no, then he changed his mind and said yes, then he changed his mind and said no," Sanders told Dickerson. "Maybe we'll get a call in five minutes and he'll say yes again. I think that is who Donald Trump is, and I think the American people should be very concerned about somebody who keeps changing his mind not only on this debate, but on virtually every issue he's been asked about."

One of the reasons Trump gave for declining the debate was that Sanders is a victim of a “totally rigged” Democratic nomination process, and his campaign is effectively over.

Dickerson asked Sanders whether he agrees with Trump's assessment.

"Well, I've been very touched by Donald Trump's love for me," Sanders replied sarcastically. "But John, you know, with all due respect, I think there may be some aspect of this which he thinks will advantage himself. So I do appreciate his love and his compassion for me, but I don't really accept his words."

Sanders went on to explain that he and his supporters knew ahead of time that they would be “taking on the entire Democratic establishment.” But, he added, given the success his team has seen in 20 states, he thinks he has a “good chance” of winning California in the June 7 primary.

Sanders noted, as he has in the past, that the race is an “uphill fight,” but said that there is still “a possibility that we may end up at the end of this nominating process with more pledged delegates than Hillary Clinton."

"What has upset me, and what I think is — I wouldn't use the word 'rigged' because we knew what the rules were — but what is really dumb, is that you have closed primaries, like in New York State, where three million people who were Democrats or Republicans could not participate," Sanders explained. "You have a situation where over 400 super delegates came on board Clinton's campaign before anybody else was in the race, eight months before the first vote was cast. That's not rigged, I think it's just a dumb process which has certainly disadvantaged our campaign."

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