In the latest development for the race to the 2016 presidency, Democratic candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders busted a move. The politician appeared on an episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Thursday, showing his lighter side when he attempted to dance by pointing and clapping.
The episode featuring Sanders’ dance moves was taped Wednesday, the day after the first Democratic debate. For the most part, DeGeneres grilled Sanders on lighter questions, including who his favorite One Direction member is, whether he prefers boxers or briefs, and what his go-to karaoke tune is. When asked whether he had ever been in handcuffs, Sanders replied, “I don’t know exactly what you mean by that,” prompting an eruption of laughter from the crowd, the New York Times reported.
The talk show host did ask Sanders a few serious questions about the disappearing middle class and questioned the presidential contender about a moment from the debate, in which Sanders said he was sick of discussing his rival candidate Hillary Clinton’s “damn e-mails.” Sanders stood by his statement.
“I’m very proud to say, I’ve never run a negative political ad in my entire life, and I’ve been attacked a whole lot,” Sanders said, the New York Times reported.
Throughout the election cycle, DeGeneres’ show has become a popular stop for politicians on the campaign trail. Clinton made an appearance on the show in September, attempting the popular dance craze to the song, “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).” President Barack Obama has appeared on the show four times and even danced to “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé in a 2007 appearance.
“For a candidate, shows like ‘Ellen’ can be particularly useful in times when you’re getting a bad ride in the traditional press,” said Dan Pfeiffer, a longtime Obama aide, the New York Times reported last month.
Politics aside, which Democratic candidate was the better dancer: Sanders or Clinton? Below are clips of both contenders busting a move on the show.