U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders reportedly launched an "angry" response when reporters asked him about the future of his presidential campaign Wednesday, after the Senate passed a coronavirus relief bill.
"I'm dealing with a f---ing global crisis. You know, we're dealing with," Sanders responded to CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju.
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“Well right now, right now I'm trying to do my best to make sure that we don't have an economic meltdown and that people don't die. Is that enough for you to keep me busy for today?" he added.
Describing Sanders as "furious," Raju says: "The blowup occurred about half way through a five-minute gaggle where Sanders talked about the 'unprecedented crisis of our lifetime,' calling for a range of measures that the U.S. government should take in the midst of the economic crisis."
Raju also says the AP's Chief Congressional Correspondent, Lisa Mascaro, "asked what he's saying to his supporters, and he sidestepped the question, noting he's sent out a statement. Then, I asked about his timeframe -- and he was furious."
"Afterwards, he mellowed out and answered questions about the crisis for about two more minutes."
Sanders lost all three Democratic primaries Tuesday night to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Wednesday morning his campaign said he is going home to Vermont to "assess" his campaign. But later in the day, Sanders' communications director called reports saying he had suspended his campaign "absolutely false."