Bernie Sanders: ‘Larry David does a better job than I do’

October 19, 2015

Comedian Larry David’s “Saturday Night Live” impersonation of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has drawn raves and gone viral, but its biggest fan may be Bernie Sanders himself.

On a two-day campaign swing through Iowa that began on Sunday, the day after the skit aired, Sanders made repeated references to David’s comedic take on his rumpled, common-man appeal and suggested perhaps the comedian should take over for him.

“We’re going to put him up on stage … Larry David does a better job than I do,” Sanders said.

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

In the Saturday Night Live skit about last week’s Democratic debate, David as Sanders ranted about billionaires and breaking up the big Wall Street banks – topics the real Sanders routinely raises on the campaign trail.

In Iowa, Sanders even played along with David’s joke that he only owned one pair of underwear that he dries on a radiator.

“Yes, last week I bought my second pair of underwear,” he told a reporter who asked about his underwear collection, adding unnecessarily: “That’s a joke! I have an ample supply.”

The democratic socialist senator from Vermont recalled that when he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont, he only owned one suit, although now that he’s a senator he said he has added plenty more.

But Sanders, who also recently danced during an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show, made it clear the show biz life is not for him.

“I’m not going to make it a habit,” he told a barbecue gathering of Democrats in Iowa City, Iowa. “People don’t want to see me dance, they don’t want to see me sing.”

 

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