Washington (CNN) - Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who aligns himself with the Democratic Party, said he's disappointed in the president's handling of the nation's debt situation.
"President Obama is dead wrong on this issue," Sanders said in an interview set to air on CNN's "The Situation Room" on Friday. "He should go back and listen to what he said during his campaign."
Sanders said he was displeased with Obama's openness to make changes in entitlement programs, such as Social Security and Medicaid, as part of a compromise with Congressional Republicans in reducing the deficit.
His comments come as a Congressional super committee faces a tight deadline to find at least $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade by Wednesday. Failure to reach an agreement will trigger automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to start in 2013, evenly divided between defense and non-defense spending.
The bipartisan committee began its work in September, but Washington is buzzing with concern that Democrats and Republicans have reached gridlock and will fail to settle on final terms by next week.
Sanders said he's not impressed with what he's hearing so far on the Hill, expressing skepticism that a final deal will avoid slashing social programs rather than raising revenues on the wealthy.
"The president, if he were to support that proposal, would be going back on his word," Sanders said.
While the senator supported Obama in 2008, he said he's not yet ready to throw his weight behind the president's re-election bid.
"The problem the president has is he ran a brilliant campaign, he inspired a whole lot of people, but people now are nervous. They're not quite sure where he's coming from. He needs to stand up for the working class, the middle class of this country and say I'm going to protect you."
The full interview can be seen on CNN's "The Situation Room," starting at 4 p.m. ET.
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