Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., told CNN that President Barack Obama was “listless” in the first debate of the election on Wednesday.
Vermont’s junior senator criticized the president for staking out areas of agreement with Gov. Mitt Romney, the GOP candidate, during the debate.
Sanders said the president’s approach was “disastrous.”
He told CNN: “The truth of the matter is, Mitt Romney right now is the head of a right-wing extremist party called the Republican Party. And if the president cannot differentiate himself clearly from right-wing extremism, we have a lot of problems as a nation and he has a lot of problems as a candidate running for re-election.”