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Bernie Sanders: Barack Obama was naive when it came to Congress

Bernie Sanders is out with some eyebrow-raising remarks about the way President Barack Obama navigated Congress.

The Vermont senator said it took Obama too long to realize that GOP leaders had no intention of dealing with him.

“These guys never had any intention of doing [serious] negotiating and compromising … I think it took the president too long to fully appreciate that,” Sanders told David Axelrod on the former Obama adviser’s first episode of his podcast “The Axe Files with David Axelrod.”

But he didn’t have offer a clear sense of how he would things differently.

“I don’t have any illusion that I’m going to walk in, and I certainly hope it is not the case but if there is a Republican House, and a Republican Senate that I’m going to walk in there and say, ‘Hey guys, listen. I’d like you to work with me on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour,’” he said.

“It ain’t gonna happen, I have no illusion about that. The only way that I believe that change takes place … is that tens of millions of people are going to have to stand up and be involved in the political process the day after the election.”