Joe Biden isn’t surprised by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ popularity

–Pablo Martinez / AP

While some have called Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ rise in the Democratic primary polls “almost unheard of,’’ Vice President Joe Biden isn’t surprised that the competition is heating up.

“I think that Bernie is speaking to a yearning that is deep and real, and he has credibility on it. And that is the absolute enormous concentration of wealth in a small group of people with the middle class now being able to be shown, being left out,’’ Biden said in a CNN interview.

Biden isn’t the only prominent Democrat to show Sanders some love recently. Last week, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren commended Sanders for the plans he laid out for Wall Street reform at a speech in New York. Despite their praise, both Biden and Warren have yet to endorse a candidate.

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As for Hillary Clinton’s stance on the growing income gap, Biden said he doesn’t think her message has resonated with voters to the extent that Sanders’s has.

“It’s relatively new for Hillary to talk about that,’’ he said. “Hillary’s focus has been other things up until now and that’s been Bernie’s…no one questions Bernie’s authenticity on those issues.’’

While Biden didn’t pledge his full support to Sanders in the interview, he did say he thought the senator was doing a “heck of a job’’ on the campaign trail keeping up with Clinton, who held a commanding lead in the polls for much of the race.

“I never thought she was a prohibitive favorite. I don’t think she ever thought she was a prohibitive favorite,’’ Biden said. “Everything’s sort of coming down to earth, just settling in, but it’s not over.’’

Watch the CNN interview here.

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