Bernie Sanders says he was unaware of sexual harassment during 2016 campaign

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In the Times article, former staffers claimed they were subjected to sexual harassment and sexism while working for Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign.

After a letter circulated in December referring to a "dangerous dynamic" between the men and women on Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, claims of rampant "sexual violence and harassment" have been on the forefront of discussions among former Sanders supporters.

Concluding the segment, Cooper asked Sanders to clarify that he didn't know about the allegations at the time.

Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told CNN's Anderson Cooper that he did not know about sexual misconduct that was happened on his presidential campaign because he was "a little bit busy".

"I'm not going to sit here and tell you that we did everything right in terms of human resources, in terms of addressing the needs that I'm hearing from now, that women felt disrespected, that there was sexual harassment which was not dealt with as effectively as possible", said Sanders, who is actively cultivating support for a 2020 bid.

Jeff Weaver, who ran Sanders' campaign in 2016, admitted to the Times that there were problems on his team.

On Wednesday, Sanders said his campaign for the 2018 midterms featured a new "gold standard" that other lawmakers should be working toward.

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"Was it too male? Yes".

"And of course", he said, "if I run, we will do better next time".

A letter to Sanders from campaign alumni last month asked him to set new goals for future campaigns. "Definitely, and we share deeply in the urgency for all of us to make change". It also adds a new issue: pay disparity among the sexes. She said that she brought the issue to the campaign's chief operating officer, who adjusted her salary to achieve parity.

[Samantha Davis], the former state director, said that she was originally paid about $2,400 a month as a senior staff member and saw in the campaign's records that a younger man who was originally supposed to report to her made $5,000 a month.

"I helped at least a dozen women request raises so that they would be paid on par with their male peers", Ms. Davis said.

"During 2016 there were a number of HR actions taken, and while it is not appropriate to discuss them individually, actions taken ranged from employee counseling to immediate termination from the campaign", read a statement released on Wednesday.

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