Jan 21, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Sanders apologizes for surrogate's op-ed attacking Biden

Democratic presidential hopefuls US Senator for Vermont Bernie Sanders (R) greets Former US Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. during the third Democratic primary debate

Presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden during the Democratic primary debate in Houston in September. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders apologized on CBS News Monday evening for a Guardian op-ed written by a campaign surrogate that claims his Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden has a "big corruption problem."

Driving the news: In the op-ed, published earlier Monday, law professor Zephyr Teachout, claims Biden "has perfected the art of taking big contributions, then representing his corporate donors at the cost of middle- and working-class Americans." In his CBS interview, Sanders said it's "absolutely not my view that Joe is corrupt in any way" and he's "sorry that that op-ed appeared."

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details of the op-ed and comment from Sanders.

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