Bernie Sanders: I've Never Worn a Tux

And he eats turkey
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2016 10:28 AM CST
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders moves to the exit after a Jan. 14, 2016, campaign stop at Dartmouth College.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Newser) – Bernie Sanders might have been taking shots at Hillary Clinton during Sunday's debate, but he sat down for a decidedly lighter interview with Time and dropped this little gem: "I do not own a tuxedo. Never have I worn a tuxedo." Nonetheless, the senator from Vermont says he could handle the ceremonial duties associated with the presidency. "These issues are not new to me," he says. "I presided over a city for eight years, the House for 16, and the Senate for nine, so I think I can handle all the ex officio duties that come with being President of the United States." More not-so-serious revelations from the interview:

  • On pardoning turkeys: "I like turkey very much, so I'd eat the turkey." But, "I'm not against pardoning turkeys."

  • On presiding over the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner: "Ah! Not that! Oh please."
  • On dressing up: "I'm not aware in the Constitution—you may be more of a constitutional scholar than I am—I don't recall the black ties. "
On a more policy-driven note, here's how Sanders would pay for his universal health care plan.

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