CNBC got some QT with America's favorite rapscallion billionaire uncle this morning and Warren Buffett did no disappoint.
While "Squawk Alley"s Becky Quick did her duty and got the Oracle to wax on the markets and what he's buying this fall, the conversation naturally turned to a topic that Buffett loves to gossip about: Politics.
As per his habit, Buffett used the opportunity to confound the conventional thinking and be full-on Joe Billionaire when it came to what he's seeing so far. In fact, America's most famous billionaire had nothing but the best to say about the candidate running on a platform of 'First, let's kill all the billionaires.'
BUFFETT: WELL I'M SURPRISED, BUT I THINK BERNIE SANDERS HAS BEEN A TERRIFIC CAMPAIGNER. I THINK HE CAMPAIGNS EXACTLY AS I WOULD HOPE THAT I WOULD CAMPAIGN IF I WERE A CANDIDATE.
QUICK: HOW SO?
BUFFETT: WELL, HE'S BEEN FORTHRIGHT. HE'S NOT BEEN KNOCKING THE OTHER CANDIDATES. HE DOESN'T – HE'S NOT GOING AROUND SAYING NASTY THINGS ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE. HE'S JUST SAYING HERE'S MY PROGRAM. IF I GET ELECTED I WOULD WANT TO HAVE ANY JUDGE BE PLEDGED TO GETTING RID OF CITIZENS UNITED THAT I CARE ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE THAT ARE BEING LEFT BEHIND. I THINK HE'S RUN A MODEL CAMPAIGN. HE'S NOT GOING TO GET ELECTED, BUT I THINK HE – I ADMIRE HIM.
While Buffett is not likely to be making any reservations for two at his favorite Omaha steakhouse (Bernie might be a vegetarian anyway), he does clearly enjoy what Bernie is doing out on the campaign trail. Or at least he enjoys annoying other wealthy financiers with his public support of a guy who hates their collective guts.
Buffett also said he enjoys watching the Trump show and had a pretty fun allegory to share regarding the rest of the Republican field.
BUFFETT: THE REPUBLICAN RACE REMINDS ME OF BEING AT AN AMUSEMENT PARK AND WATCHING ALL THE KIDS IN BUMPER CARS. YOU'VE GOT 1700 BUMPER CARS SMACKING INTO EACH OTHER.
Aww Uncle Warren, we can't let go of Summer either.