During a town hall in Toledo, Iowa, on Friday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said that former President Bill Clinton's past sexual misconduct was “totally disgraceful and unacceptable.”
The former president's affairs during the 1980s and 1990s have become campaign trail fodder as his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, competes once again for the White House.
Sanders, who is challenging Hillary in the Democratic primary for the presidential nomination, told supporters that she isn't qualified to be elected because of her support for her husband, saying:
“Look, Hillary Clinton is not Bill Clinton. But what Bill Clinton did was totally, totally, totally disgraceful and unacceptable. But I am running against Hillary Clinton, not Bill Clinton.”
The Vermont Independent did add that the primary campaign should be about the issues, rather than the 42nd president's sex life.
“And I believe and I gotta say this, and I thank you for your question, in this sense, I think what we need to do as a nation, certainly something the Republicans are not doing, is focus on the bloody issues facing this country — the disappearance of the middle class income and wealth inequality.”
Bill Clinton's indiscretions first resurfaced on the campaign trail after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reminded the American electorate of the scandals that resulted in the president's 1998 impeachment by Congress on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
While Hillary has already commented about the allegations, her husband has thhus far declined to fight back at Trump. CNN reported that he told reporters during a recent campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, IA:
“I have no interest in getting involved in (Republican Party) politics or doing anything except working to help Hillary. Donald Trump says a lot of things.”
The comments are an about-face from Sanders' initial treatment of Clinton's affairs. ABC News reports that during an interview with “This Week” on Sunday, he said that:
“We have more things to worry about than Bill Clinton’s sexual life."
The Vermont Senator also suggested last month that Trump has an “unusual relationship” with women after he repeatedly mocked Hillary over an extended bathroom break she took at the last Democratic primary debate.