Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his 2020 run for president Tuesday morning and appeared on "CBS This Morning" to discuss his candidacy.
"The bottom line for me is I think it is absolutely imperative that Donald Trump be defeated," the Vermont senator told CBS host John Dickerson. "Because I think it is unacceptable and un-American that we have a president who is a pathological liar. It gives me no pleasure to say that, but it is true. We have a president who is a racist, who is a sexist, who is a xenophobe, who is doing what no president in our lifetimes has done or come close to doing -- that is to divide us up."
"This campaign is a continuation of what we did in 2016," Sanders said.
CBS's John Dickerson caught Bernie's ire when he mentioned a possible independent run from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.
"Oh isn't that nice?" Sanders said. "Why is Howard Schultz on every television station in this country? Why are you quoting Howard Schultz?"
"Because he's a billionaire."
"There are a lot of people I know personally who work hard for a living and make 40 or 50,000 dollars a year who know a lot more about politics, than with all due respect does Mr. Schultz. But because we have a corrupt system, anybody who is a billionaire and can throw a lot of TV ads around on television suddenly becomes very, very credible."
"So Mr. Schultz, what is he blackmailing the Democratic Party? If you don't nominate Bernie Sanders, he's not going to run? Well, I don't think we should succumb to that kind of blackmail."
Watch the full interview: