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Brooklyn Brawl: T Minus 24 Hours

- April 13, 2016

Desperate For A Win In New York State, The Democrats Have Been Ratcheting Up Their Attacks On Each Other Ahead Of Thursday's Debate


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • In 24 hours, amid an increasingly bitter primary fight, the Democrats will face off for a debate in Brooklyn ahead of next week's primary.
  • Clinton has been struggling to secure the Democrat nomination, and the New York primary has become "make-or-break."
  • Will Clinton continue to use the thoroughly debunked attack blaming Vermont for New York gun deaths?
  • Will Clinton continue to claim Sanders isn't a true Democrat?
  • Will the debate inflame #BernieOrBust voters?
  • Will Clinton seek to repair the damage she and her husband have done with African American voters this past week?
  • Will Sanders keep hitting Clinton on her Wall Street ties and speeches?
  • Will Sanders push Clinton's hypocrisy on fracking in upstate New York to the forefront?
  • Will Sanders finally drive an attack on Clinton's secret server?
  • Will Sanders back up his wife's claim that Clinton is preying on the families of victims of gun violence for political gain?
  • Will either of the candidates be willing to state that their opponent is even qualified?

Tomorrow Night In Brooklyn, NY Sanders And Clinton Will Face Off At A Democrat Debate. "Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will meet in an additional debate on April 14 in New York City's Brooklyn, hosted by CNN." (Marina Fang, "Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Will Face Off In Brooklyn Democratic Debate," The Huffington Post, 4/4/16)

LAST MONTH, THE CLINTON CAMP'S CHIEF STRATEGIST THREATENED TO PULL OUT OF thE DEBATE IF SANDERS DIDN'T SOFTEN HIS "TONE"

Clinton's Chief Strategist Joel Benenson Said The Clinton Campaign Originally Refused To Schedule A Debate Because They Thought That Sanders' "Tone" Was Too Negative. CNN's KATE BOULDAN: "Why not debate in New York?" CLINTON CAMPAIGN CHIEF POLLSTER JOEL BENENSON: "Because we agreed to debates up to a certain point. We're now out campaigning in these states…" BOULDAN: "What's the risk?!" BENENSON: "There's no risk, she's done very well in these debates, the debates have been very good, but Senator Sanders doesn't get to decide when we debate, particularly when he is running a very negative campaign against us, let's see if he goes back to the kind of tone he set early on, if he does that then we will talk about debates." (CNN, 3/28/16)

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Benenson's Response Was So "Condescending" It Sparked The Twitter Hashtag #ToneDownForWhat Among Sanders Supporters. "During a CNN interview on Monday, Hillary Clinton's Chief Strategist Joel Benenson responded to a question about whether Clinton would participate in a Democratic debate in New York - as the Sanders campaign has requested - in such a condescending way, that he unintentionally managed to break the internet … Shortly after Benenson's patronizing comments, the Twitter hashtag #ToneDownForWhat began to trend, and the internet fittingly derided the strategist and Clinton, who just eight years ago said that "you should be willing to debate anytime, anywhere" while running for president. One can only assume that Benenson - who has consulted for various Wall Street firms - was alluding to the Sanders campaign's criticism of Clinton's financial ties to Wall Street and its insistence that she release transcripts from her Goldman Sachs speeches." (Conor Lynch, "Hillary Clinton's 'Tone'-Gate Disaster: Why Her Campaign's Condescending Bernie Dismissal Should Concern Democrats Everywhere," Salon , 3/30/16)

Salon Headline: "Hillary Clinton's 'Tone'-Gate Disaster: Why Her Campaign's Condescending Bernie Dismissal Should Concern Democrats Everywhere" (Conor Lynch, "Hillary Clinton's 'Tone'-Gate Disaster: Why Her Campaign's Condescending Bernie Dismissal Should Concern Democrats Everywhere," Salon , 3/30/16)

the DEMOCRAT PRIMARY WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A CORONATION, BUT HAS GOTTEN INCREASINGLY NASTY SINCE BENENSON'S THREAT

Reuters Headline: "Clinton, Sanders Turn Spiky Ahead Of New York Primary" (Amanda Becker, "Clinton, Sanders Turn Spiky Ahead Of New York Primary," Reuters, 4/7/16)

"A Once-Tame Primary Contest Is Turning Increasingly Testy." "Hillary Clinton launched a fierce two-pronged attack on rival Bernie Sanders on Wednesday, questioning her persistent challenger's qualifications as a Democrat and for president, and signaling that a once-tame primary contest is turning increasingly testy." (Anne Gearan And John Wagner, "Clinton, Sanders Engage In Growing Grudge Match In Countdown To N.Y. Primary," The Washington Post , 4/6/16)

The Washington Post's Greg Sargent: The Democrat Primary Has "Taken A Turn Into A Bitter And Nasty Phase…" "The Democratic primary battle has now taken a turn into a bitter and nasty phase, as the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are now battling over the latter's new suggestion that Clinton is not 'qualified' for the presidency." (Greg Sargent, "Sanders Rips Clinton As Not 'Qualified," And The Dem Race Goes Nuclear," The Washington Post , 4/7/16)

The Stakes Are High For Both Clinton And Sanders In The New York State Primary. "The stakes are high heading into the New York primary on April 19, when 291 delegates will be up for grabs. Both candidates have a special claim to the state as Sanders was born in Brooklyn and Clinton represented the state for eight years in the Senate." (Alexander Bolton, "Dems Worry Sanders-Clinton Rhetoric Risks White House Win," The Hill, 4/8/16)

Sanders Has Won Eight Of The Last Nine Democrat Primaries, Giving Clinton A Major Run For Her Money

"After A Year Of Campaigning, Months Of Debates And 35 Primary Elections In The Democratic Presidential Race, Sanders Is Finally Getting Under Clinton's Skin." (Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas, "Clinton's Frustration Grows, As Primary Race Continues," The Associated Press , 4/4/16)

Sanders Has Won Eight Of The Last Nine Democrat Primaries. "Bernie Sanders notched his eighth win in the last nine contests on Saturday in Wyoming, defeating Hillary Clinton 56 percent to 44 percent in their final showdown before New York's pivotal primary later this month." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Sanders Wins Wyoming Caucuses," Politico, 4/9/16)

Will Clinton CONtinue To Use The Thoroughly Debunked Attack BLAMIng VERMONT FOR NEW YORK GUN DEATHS?

Clinton And Her Campaign Took Aim At Sanders, Claiming That Many Of The Guns Used To Commit Crimes In New York Come From His Home State Of Vermont. "Hillary Clinton ratcheted up her attacks on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' gun control record Monday, telling a private gathering of state legislators near the State Capitol that many of the guns used by New York criminals come across the border from the Green Mountain State. 'She said she wants to work to get illegal guns off the street and said it's been part of her work as an elected official to strengthen laws to keep America safe. She said that it's going to be coming out in the very near future that many of the catastrophes that have taken human lives in the State of New York have been the product of guns coming over the border from Vermont,' said State Sen. Tim Kennedy, a Democrat from Buffalo." (Jimmy Vielkind, "Clinton: New York Criminals Get Guns From Vermont," Politico , 4/4/16)

  • Clinton Pitted Sanders Against The Families Of Victims Of The Sandy Hook Shootings, Using "Inflammatory Rhetoric." "Armed with a blistering tabloid cover, Hillary Clinton is pitting Bernie Sanders against the parents of children murdered in Sandy Hook, part of an effort to punch her way into the critical New York primary. The inflammatory rhetoric underscores the importance of the April 19 New York contest to her campaign and the mounting frustration of Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, with the lingering primary battle." ("Hillary Clinton Hits Bernie Sanders On Gun Control, And Sharpens Attacks,"Chicago Tribune , 4/6/16)

The Washington Post's Fact-Checker Called Clinton's Statistic "Pointless," "Misleading" And Not "A Fair Assessment Of Gun Flows From Vermont Into New York." "The number of crime guns in New York from Vermont is so small that it could even be attributed to one or two bad actors. Using the per capita measure of trafficked guns originating from Vermont is as pointless as counting guns trafficked per 100,000 head of cattle. … We do not find the per capita measure as a fair assessment of gun flows from Vermont into New York. The difference between this point using per capita calculation and the raw number (1 percent of crime guns with source states identified in 2014 came from Vermont) is so stark that it creates a significantly misleading impression to the public." (Michelle Ye Hee Lee, "Hillary Clinton's Claim That The 'Highest Per Capita Number' Of Crime Guns In New York Come From Vermont," The Washington Post , 4/12/16)

  • The Washington Post Fact-Checker Awarded Clinton's Attack With "Three Pinocchios." (Michelle Ye Hee Lee, "Hillary Clinton's Claim That The 'Highest Per Capita Number' Of Crime Guns In New York Come From Vermont," The Washington Post , 4/12/16)

The Associated Press Noted That The Clinton Claim "Relies On A Carefully Crafted Framing Of Statistics." "For months, Clinton has used the gun issue to cast Sanders as a minion for gun makers and out of step with a Democratic primary electorate that favors tighter firearms restrictions. While technically correct, her latest charge relies on a carefully crafted framing of statistics." (Bill Barrow And Alicia A. Caldwell, "Fact Check: Clinton's Latest Gun-Law Broadside On Sanders," The Associated Press , 4/13/16)

Will Clinton continue to claim sanders isn't a true democrat?

Team Clinton Has Been Insinuating Sanders Doesn't Belong In The Democrat Party, Mocking His "Revolution"

Clinton Has Been Attacking Sanders On Whether Or Not He Is A "Full Democrat…" "Also Wednesday, Clinton implied that Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, is not a full Democrat and might not feel the same fealty to the party and its other candidates. The senator has always caucused with Democrats in Congress but is an independent." (Anne Gearan And John Wagner, "Clinton, Sanders Engage In Growing Grudge Match In Countdown To N.Y. Primary," The Washington Post , 4/6/16)

  • Clinton Said "I Think [Sanders] Himself Doesn't Consider Himself To Be A Democrat…" "'I think he himself doesn't consider himself to be a Democrat,' Clinton said in an interview with MSNBC. 'You know, look, he's raised a lot of important issues that the Democratic Party agrees with, income inequality first and foremost. But it's up to the Democratic primary voters to make that assessment.'" (Anne Gearan And John Wagner, "Clinton, Sanders Engage In Growing Grudge Match In Countdown To N.Y. Primary," The Washington Post , 4/6/16)

Clinton Is Attacking Sanders The Same Way She Did Obama In 2008, Saying His "Stances Are Fairy Tales And That His Idealism Masks Tough Tactics." "But it was at least fathomable. She was running against the Tulip Craze Barack Obama. Now she's running against a grumpy gramps, a stooped socialist with a narrow message, brusque manner and shaky grasp of world affairs. But the Clintons are still leveling the same charges, that her opponent's stances are fairy tales and that his idealism masks tough tactics." (Maureen Dowd, "Hillary Battles Bernie Sanders, Chick Magnet," The New York Times, 2/6/16)

Bill Clinton "Mocked Sanders For Claiming To Lead A Revolution…" "Bill also mocked Sanders for claiming to lead a revolution, claiming: 'When you're making a revolution, you can't be too careful with the facts.'" (Greg Sargent, "Bill Clinton Erupts, And It's 2008 All Over Again," The Washington Post's Plum Line , 2/8/16)

  • Bill Clinton "Savaged Sanders And His Supporters" As "Stretchers Of The Truth." "Over the weekend, Bill seemed to be at it again -- savaging Sanders and his supporters as sexist and stretchers of the truth. 'When you're making a revolution, you can't be too careful with the facts,' Bill Clinton said on Sunday in New Hampshire." (Chris Cillizza, "What If The Problem With Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is Hillary Clinton?" The Washington Post's The Fix , 2/8/16)

Bill Clinton "Ridiculed Sanders's Relentlessly On-Message Criticism Of Our 'Rigged' Political System" And Described Sanders's Worldview As A "Hermetically Sealed Box." "Bill ridiculed Sanders's relentlessly on-message criticism of our 'rigged' political system and Clinton's acceptance of Wall Street and corporate money, describing Sanders's worldview as a 'hermetically sealed box.'" (Greg Sargent, "Bill Clinton Erupts, And It's 2008 All Over Again," The Washington Post's Plum Line , 2/8/16)

Will a true brooklyn brawl inflame #BernieOrBust VOters?

McClatchy Headline: "25 Percent Of Bernie Sanders Voters Would Shun Hillary Clinton" (Anita Kumar, "25 Percent Of Bernie Sanders Voters Would Shun Hillary Clinton," McClatchy, 4/6/16)

  • Yahoo News Headline: "Some Sanders Supporters Say It's 'Bernie Or Bust' And They Will Never Vote For Hillary Clinton" (Hunter Walker, "Some Sanders Supporters Say It's 'Bernie Or Bust' And They Will Never Vote For Hillary Clinton," Yahoo News, 3/26/16

Clinton's Aides Worry That Sanders' "Jabs Seen Aimed At Inflaming His Supporters Against Her-Possibly To A Point Where They Won't Support Her In November." "Clinton takes Sanders' recent attacks personally, her aides say, and is fed up with fending them off when she'd rather be laying out her policy positions or leveling critiques of Republican front-runner Donald Trump. They also worry that Sanders' jabs seem aimed at inflaming his supporters against her-possibly to a point where they won't support her in November." (Jennifer Epstein, "Clinton's Flash Of Anger Highlights The Toll Of Sanders' Relentless Critique," Bloomberg , 4/4/16)

  • Even If Clinton Gets The Nomination, She "Might Have Serious Trouble Winning Over [Sanders] Voters…" "Even if she eventually vanquishes Bernie Sanders in the primaries, Hillary Clinton might have serious trouble winning over his voters. One out of four Sanders supporters- 25 percent - say they would not back Clinton in a general election if she became the Democratic nominee for president, while just 69 percent say they would support her, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll." (Anita Kumar, "25 Percent Of Bernie Sanders Voters Would Shun Hillary Clinton," McClatchy, 4/6/16)

The Clintons Are Annoyed That Sanders' Approach Seems To Be "Rallying" Core Groups Of Democrat Voters. "According to Democrats close to Hillary and former President Bill Clinton, both are frustrated by Sanders' ability to cast himself as above politics-as-usual even while firing off what they consider to be misleading attacks. The Clintons are even more annoyed that Sanders' approach seems to be rallying - and keeping - young voters by his side." (Lisa Lerer And Ken Thomas, "Clinton's Frustration Grows, As Primary Race Continues," The Associated Press , 4/4/16)

Clinton "Is Having Trouble Persuading Women, Young And Old, To Rally Behind Her Cause." " On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, Hillary Clinton's quest to become the country's first female president has encountered an unexpected problem: She is having trouble persuading women, young and old, to rally behind her cause." (Abby Phillip And Frances Stead Sellers, "Clinton Looks To Sisterhood, But Votes May Go To Sanders," The Washington Post, 2/7/16)

Clinton Has Been Dismissive And Condescending Towards Sanders' Supporters, Throwing Into Question Whether She'll Be Able To Unify Her Party

CNN Headline: "Young Voters Abandon Hillary Clinton For Bernie Sanders" (Dan Merica And Eric Bradner, "Young Voters Abandon Hillary Clinton For Bernie Sanders," CNN, 2/10/16)

Clinton Brushed Insulted Sanders' Young Supporters By Saying "It's Exciting To Be, In Effect, Protesting." MSNBC'S MIKA BRZEZINSKI: "When you look at the young women and the young people who are all going toward Bernie how do you attract them and why haven't you been able to so far? Because you have been saying, you have had a message that would resonate with them." CLINTON: "Look I think it's exciting to be in effect protesting. I remember. I did that a long time ago when I was in my twenties and I totally get the attraction of this." (MSNBC's " Morning Joe," 4/6/17)

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Bill Clinton Disregarded Young People As Just Saying "What The Heck, Let's Just Protest, Lets Be Mad." BILL CLINTON: "And the great Irish poet, wrote a poem about the Easter uprising where all this began. Trying to explain something that explains today. He said, too long a sacrifice, Yates did, too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. And so when you see these young people just desperate to you know, they say, 'what the heck, let's just protest, let's be mad.' Here's what I know, it's okay to say that but you can never make a stone of your head, you always gotta keep thinkin', you always gotta keep looking forward you always gotta keep asking yourself what will make it better." (Bill Clinton, Remarks, Philadelphia, PA, 4/7/16)

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CNN's Jeff Zeleny Said The "Biggest Worrying Segment Of The Electorate" For Clinton Is "Young Voters." CNN'S JEFF ZELENY: "Bernie Sanders won across the board, mainly young voters but also independent voters. That is the biggest worrying segment of the electorate the Clinton campaign has not been able to reach out to. Now, as for Hillary Clinton she did not have an event at all. She was actually at a fundraiser last night in the Bronx." (CNN's "New Day," 4/6/17)

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Clinton Lashed Out At An Environmental Activist Who Asked Her To Pledge To Not Accept Money From The Fossil Fuel Industry, Claiming The Question Was Propaganda From The Sanders Campaign. QUESTION: "Thank you for tackling climate change, will you act on your word to reject fossil fuel money in the future in your campaign?" CLINTON: "I do not have, I have money from people who work for fossil fuel companies…" QUESTION: "…and registered lobbyists?" CLINTON: "I'm so sick! I'm so sick of the Sanders' campaign lying about this, I'm sick of it!" (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Rally At SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY 3/31/16)

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"When Confronted By The Greenpeace Activist, Clinton Automatically Assumed That She Was A Sanders Supporter With Purely Partisan Intentions …" "When confronted by the Greenpeace activist, Clinton automatically assumed that she was a Sanders supporter with purely partisan intentions, not an environmentalist who is genuinely concerned about Clinton's big money connections. Clinton and other Democratic centrists seem to have concluded that anyone who criticizes her from the left must simply be a Sanders hack." (Connor Lynch, "Hillary Is Sick Of The Left: Why Bernie's Persistence Is A Powerful Reminder Of Clinton's Troubling Centrism," Salon , 4/4/16)

  • Bloomberg Headline: "Clinton's Flash Of Anger Highlights The Toll Of Sanders' Relentless Critique" (Jennifer Epstein, "Clinton's Flash Of Anger Highlights The Toll Of Sanders' Relentless Critique," Bloomberg , 4/4/16)

Will Clinton Seek To Repair The Damage Her And Her Husband Have Done With African American Voters This Past Week?

"Clinton's Dominance Of The African-American Vote" Is Seen As The Reason "For Her Firm Command Of The Democratic Primary." "African-American support for Hillary Clinton asserted itself again in Wisconsin and accounts for her firm command of the Democratic primary. … Clinton's dominance of the African-American vote has been explained as a residue of the long-standing ties she and her husband have built over decades on the national scene." (Jonathan Chait, "The Pragmatic Tradition Of African-American Voters," New York Magazine, 4/6/16)

Just Last Week Bill Clinton Unloaded On Black Lives Matter Protestors At A Campaign Stop In Philadelphia

At A Campaign Rally For His Wife, Bill Clinton Angrily Unloaded On Black Lives Matters Protestors, Yelling That By Protesting They Were Defending Drug Dealers And Murderers. BILL CLINTON: "Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait, wait. I want to be able to -- come on. No. Come on. Wait, wait, wait. Wait. You need to understand, this is what's the matter. I don't know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out onto the street to murder other African-American children. Maybe you thought they were good citizens. She didn't. She didn't. You are defending the people who killed the lives, who you say matter. Tell the truth. You are defending the people who caused young people to go out and take guns. There was a 13-year-old girl in Washington, D.C. planning her own funeral, how would you do it? Look at these other ones. Look at this. That's not true!" (Bill Clinton, Remarks, Philadelphia, PA, 4/7/16)

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New York Magazine Headline: "Bill Clinton Accuses Black Lives Matter Protesters Of Defending Murderous Drug Dealers ." (Eric Levitz, "Bill Clinton Accuses Black Lives Matter Protestors Of Defending Murderous Drug Dealers," New York Magazine, 4/7/16)

Salon Headline: "Black Lives Matters Protesters Heckle Bill Clinton - And His Terrible Response Was Cringeworthy: 'You Are Defending The People Who Killed The Lives You Say Matter.'" (Brendan Gauthier, "Black Lives Matters Protestors Heckle Bill Clinton-And His Terrible Response Was Cringeworthy: 'You Are Defending The People Who Killed The Lives You Say Matter," Salon , 4/7/16)

During Clinton's Campaign She Has "Courted" The Black Lives Matter Movement And Met With Activists To Discuss "Racial Justice And Law Enforcement Reform." " Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met with Black Lives Matter advocates on Friday in Washington, D.C., to discuss racial justice and law enforcement reform. Attendees said Clinton talked more frankly about racism and the long legacy of slavery than she does in public, and they characterized the meeting as tough and productive. Clinton and her top competitor for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), have courted Black Lives Matter activists while seeking to distinguish themselves on criminal justice reform." (Dana Liebelson and Ryan Rielly, "Inside Hillary Clinton's Meeting With Black Lives Matter," The Huffington Post, 10/9/16)

Clinton's Racially Insensitive Joke At An Event With NYC Mayor De Blasio Didn't Go Over So Well

Time Headline: "Hillary Clinton And Bill De Blasio Draw Criticism For Racially Charged Joke" (Sarah Begley, "Hillary Clinton And Bill De Blasio Draw Criticism For Racially Charged Joke," Time, 4/11/16)

The New York Times Headline: "Racially Charged Joke By Hillary Clinton And Bill De Blasio Earns Scorn Instead Of Laughs" (Amy Chozick, "Racially Charged Joke By Hillary Clinton And Bill De Blasio Earns Scorn Instead Of Laughs,"The New York Times, 4/11/16)

De Blasio Drew Cringes From The Crowd When He Used The Term, "C.P. Time" In Reference To Running Late. "'Thanks for the endorsement, Bill,' Mrs. Clinton said to Mr. de Blasio, a former aide to Mrs. Clinton when she was a senator from New York who nonetheless dallied in supporting her. 'Took you long enough.' 'Sorry, Hillary,' Mr. de Blasio said. 'I was running on C.P. time,' a reference to the stereotype 'Colored People Time,' which drew some cringes from the audience." (Amy Chozick, "Racially Charged Joke By Hillary Clinton And Bill de Blasio Leave Some Cringing, "The New York Times, 4/11/16)

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The Term Refers To The Racially Insensitive Term "Colored People's Time," "Which Has Perpetuated The Stereotype That African- Americans Are Lazy, Unreliable, And Often Late To Appointments." " The term 'C.P. time' refers to the racially insensitive term 'colored people's time,' which has perpetuated the stereotype that African-Americans are lazy, unreliable and often late to appointments." (Adam Howard, "Bill de Blasio's "Colored People's Time" Joke Comes At A Bad Time," MSNBC, 4/12/16)

Will Sanders keep Hitting Clinton On Her Wall Street Ties And Speeches?

Sanders Is Now Criticizing Clinton For How High Her Paid Speaking Fees Are Saying They Must Be Speeches That Would "Enlighten Humanity" And Be "Written In Shakespearean Prose." "Sanders also criticized Clinton for the amount of money she receives for giving speeches. Over the years, he said, Clinton has given speeches for $225,000 a piece. 'Now, seems to me if you're going to get $225,000 a speech, it must be an extraordinarily brilliant speech,' Sanders said. 'It must be a speech that would enlighten all of humanity, probably solve all of the crises facing our planet, must have been a speech written in Shakespearean prose.'" (Alexa Torrens, "Bernie Sanders Speaks On Primary Initiatives For Presidency At Rally In Syracuse,"The Daily Orange , 4/12/16)

Sanders Has Been Consistently And Effectively Attacking Clinton On Her Wall Street Ties

Sanders "Won't Let Clinton Avoid Clinton Avoid Her Ties To Wall Street…And Audiences Love It." "He won't let Clinton avoid her ties to Wall Street. He's going to keep bringing it up as he barnstorms New Hampshire and the nation, and audiences love it." (David Lightman, "Wall Street Cash, Goldman Speaking Fees Hang Over Clinton," The Kansas City Star , 2/5/16)

Sanders' Attack On Clinton's Wall Street Ties Addresses Voter "Anger At Wall Street" And "Feeds Any Sentiment That Clinton Can't Be Trusted." " Not only does it address their anger at Wall Street, but it feeds any sentiment that Clinton can't be trusted." (David Lightman, "Wall Street Cash, Goldman Speaking Fees Hang Over Clinton," The Kansas City Star , 2/5/16)

"Clinton's Been Stumbling On Wall Street For A Long Time Too, And It Just Keeps On Causing Her Trouble." (Simon Malloy, "Democratic Debate Night: The First One-On-One Clash Leaves Hillary Clinton Stumbling On Wall Street," Salon , 2/5/16)

When Asked About The $675,000 Goldman Sachs Paid Her For Speaking Engagement, Clinton's "Body Language Buckled" And "Recoiled As She Answered." "On Wednesday night, the Democratic presidential candidate tried a different approach when asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper if it was appropriate to accept $675,000 for three speeches made to Goldman Sachs … After having given a strong performance during much of the town hall forum, Mrs. Clinton's body language buckled when pressed on the issue. Was it an error in judgment? Did she really not know she would be running for president after leaving the State Department? Mrs. Clinton recoiled as she answered." (Alan Rappeport, "Questions On Speeches To Goldman Sachs Vex Hillary Clinton," The New York Times, 2/4/16)

Clinton Is Using Money From Her Wall Street Speeches To Literally Bankroll Her Campaign

Clinton Is Using "Some Of The Money She Collected From Her Hefty Speechmaking Fees From Wall Street Banks And Other Special-Interest Groups" To Help Fund Her Campaign. "Recently filed campaign finance reports may shed light on how Hillary Clinton is using some of the money she collected from her hefty speechmaking fees from Wall Street banks and other special-interest groups: She is plowing an increasingly large amount of her funds, $560,983 as of last month, back into her presidential campaign. A Yahoo News review of Clinton's campaign disclosure reports finds that in the weeks after launching her bid for the presidency in April 2015, the former secretary of state paid $278,821 to her campaign to cover so-called testing the waters expenses." (Michael Isikoff, "Are Hillary's Big Speaking Fees Being Used To Help Fund Her Campaign?," Yahoo News, 4/11/16)

The Timing Of Clinton's Paid Speeches "Raise Questions About Whether Her Lucrative Speech Fees Effectively Amount To A 'Pass Through' Of Money" From Special Interests. "And the timing of some of Clinton's speeches - especially when matched up against the payments to her campaign - raise questions about whether her lucrative speech fees effectively amount to a 'pass through' of money from special interest groups to help bankroll her candidacy, according to Jacobs and other ethics advocates. This would appear to be especially the case for the $1.4 million she collected for six speeches in the first three months of 2015." (Michael Isikoff, "Are Hillary's Big Speaking Fees Being Used To Help Fund Her Campaign?," Yahoo News, 4/11/16)

Will Sanders Push CLINTON'S HYPOCRISY ON Fracking In Upstate New York To The ForeFront?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) Banned Fracking In Upstate New York Over Concerns Of Health Risks Despite Its Promotion As "A Source Of Economic Revival For Depressed Communities." "Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's administration announced on Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State because of concerns over health risks, ending years of debate over a method of extracting natural gas. Fracking, as it is known, was heavily promoted as a source of economic revival for depressed communities along New York's border with Pennsylvania, and Mr. Cuomo had once been poised to embrace it." (Thomas Kaplan, "Citing Health Risks, Cuomo Bans Fracking In New York State," The New York Times, 12/17/14)

Clinton Told An Environmental Activist That She Supports New York State's Ban On Fracking, Imposed By Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY). QUESTION: "Senator Clinton, do you support New York State's fracking ban?" CLINTON: "I do. Yes. I do." (Miles Goodrich, "Clinton Supports New York State Ban on Fracking," 350 Action, 4/1/16)

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Sanders Is Attacking Clinton For Being "Too Soft" On Fracking And Calls For A Nationwide Ban On The Practice. "Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has a new line of attack against Hillary Clinton tailor-made for New York voters: that she is too soft on hydraulic fracturing. Sanders has taken a firmer line against the drilling practice than the Democratic front-runner, calling for it to be banned nationwide. He highlighted his fracking stance in an ad released this week, putting the issue front and center as he seeks to make up ground ahead of the crucial New York primary next week, which will award 247 delegates." (Devin Henry, "Sanders Injects Fracking Into Battle For NY," The Hill, 4/13/16)

In Hard Choices, Clinton Lauded Natural Gas Development For Creating "Tens Of Thousands Of New Jobs" And Giving The U.S. A Competitive Advantage Over Other Economies. "The boom in domestic energy production, especially in natural gas, created major economic and strategic opportunities for our country. Expanded energy production created tens of thousands of new jobs, from oil rigs in North Dakota to wind turbine factories in South Carolina. Cheap and plentiful natural gas is helping drive down costs for energy-intensive manufacturers and giving the United States a big competitive advantage over places like Japan and Europe, where energy prices remain much higher." (Hillary Clinton, Hard Choices, 2014, p. 522)

In 2010, Clinton's State Department Founded The Global Shale Gas Initiative, Which "Has Been Advising Many Foreign Countries On Fracking." "The State Department's Global Shale Gas Initiative, begun in 2010, has been advising many foreign countries on fracking. It has organized a half-dozen trips this year for foreign officials to meet with American energy experts and to visit drilling sites in the United States." (Ian Urbina, "Hunt For Gas Hits Fragile Soil, And South Africans Fear Risks," The New York Times, 12/30/11)

Will Sanders Finally Drive An Attack Into CLinton's Secret Server?

Sanders Said Americans Were "Sick And Tired" Of Hearing About Clinton's "Damn" E-Mails. 'Even though he admitted it might not be 'great politics,' Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) blasted the obsessive focus on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during the Democratic debate Tuesday. 'The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails,' Sanders said. The Democratic candidate then went on to list a series of issues including money in politics, trade policy and inequality that are more important than the former secretary of state's emails. 'Enough of the emails. Let's talk about the real issues facing America,' Sanders said to loud applause in the debate hall." (Sam Levine, "Bernie Sanders: Americans Are Sick Of Hearing About Hillary Clinton's 'Damn Emails,'" Huffington Post, 10/13/15)

At Least 2,079 Clinton Emails Contain Classified Material. " At least 2,079 emails that Hillary Clinton sent or received contained classified material, according to the State Department's final update from its review of more than 30,000 emails." (Anita Kumar, "At Least 2,079 Clinton Emails Contain Classified Material," McClatchy,2/29/16)

While Sanders Has Stayed Away In The Past, Obama Now Admits That Clinton's Email Practice Was Careless And The FBI Will Soon Interview Clinton's Inner Circle

Federal Prosecutors Have Entered Into The "Final Phases" Of Their Investigation Into Clinton's Private E-Mail Server And Begun Setting Up Formal Interviews With Some Clinton's Closest Aides. "Federal prosecutors investigating the possible mishandling of classified materials on Hillary Clinton's private email server have begun the process of setting up formal interviews with some of her longtime and closest aides, according to two people familiar with the probe, an indication that the inquiry is moving into its final phases." (Del Quentin Wilber, "Clinton Email Probe Enters New Phase As FBI Interviews Loom," The Los Angeles Times, 3/27/16)

  • The Investigation, Expected To Include An Interview With Clinton Herself, "Will Continue To Dog" Clinton's Campaign For Most Of The Remaining Presidential Primaries. "Those interviews and the final review of the case, however, could still take many weeks, all but guaranteeing that the investigation will continue to dog Clinton's presidential campaign through most, if not all, of the remaining presidential primaries. No dates have been set for questioning the advisors, but a federal prosecutor in recent weeks has called their lawyers to alert them that he would soon be doing so, the sources said. Prosecutors also are expected to seek an interview with Clinton herself, though the timing remains unclear." Del Quentin Wilber, "Clinton Email Probe Enters New Phase As FBI Interviews Loom," The Los Angeles Times , 3/27/16)

Obama Acknowledged That Clinton Demonstrated "A Carelessness In Terms Of Managing Emails." FOX NEWS' CHRIS WALLACE: "But last October you were prepared to say she hadn't jeopardized, and the question is can you still say that." PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: "I continue to believe she has not jeopardized America's national security. Now what I also said is that, and she's acknowledged, that there's a carelessness in terms of managing emails that she has owned. And she recognizes." (Fox News' "Fox News Sunday," 4/10/16)

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Will Sanders Back Up His Wife's Claim THat CLinton Is Preying On The Families Of victims Of Gun Violence For Political Gain?

Jane Sanders Accused Clinton Of Aggressively Courting The Families Of The Victims Of Gun Violence By Calling "People Out Of The Blue At The Worst Time In Their Life" To Ask For Their Votes. JANE SANDERS: "I guess I'd say my heart goes out to you for losing your child. That's, I can't imagine anything worse, and I mean we just don't go after those votes to call people out of the blue at the worst time in their life and ask them to support him as a candidate, it's just not what we've done, we've reached out to groups, Black Lives Matter, and a number of groups on his whole platform. In terms of gun control Bernie has very common sense gun control. Secretary Clinton has been all over the map on this in 2008, she was very opposed to gun control, now that she is running against Bernie, she is very for gun control, Bernie comes from a rural state, and he has common sense solutions, I think all the solutions that are being offered now down in congress now, he has been supportive of." (MSNBC, 3/29/16)

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Will Either Of The Democrats concede THat Their Opponent Is qualified?

Time Headline: "Clinton And Sanders Clash On Qualifications As Democratic Race Gets Bitter" (Sam Frizell, "Clinton And Sanders Clash On Qualifications As Democratic Race Gets Bitter," Time, 4/7/16)

Sanders Attacked Clinton For Being Unqualified For The Presidency

Sanders Attacked Clinton For Being Unqualified To Be President On The Grounds Of Her Wall Street Ties And Foreign Policy Record. "Bernie Sanders doubled down Thursday on his criticism that Hillary Clinton is 'not qualified' to be President, even as Clinton sought to avoid escalating the most heated dispute yet in their increasingly bitter Democratic primary contest. 'Are you qualified to be President of the United States when you're raising millions of dollars from Wall Street whose greed, recklessness and illegal behavior helped to destroy our economy?' Sanders said in Philadelphia. 'Maybe the American people might wonder about your qualifications, Madame Secretary, when you voted for the war in Iraq, the most disastrous foreign policy blunder in the modern history America.'" (Sam Frizell, "Clinton And Sanders Clash On Qualifications As Democratic Race Gets Bitter," Time, 4/7/16)

Sanders Said That Clinton "Might Want To Apologize To The Families Who Lost Their Loved Ones In Iraq." "The Vermont senator has sharpened his tone in recent days. After a Clinton supporter and daughter of the principal killed at Sandy Hook said that Sanders owes her 'an apology' for opposing lawsuits against gun manufacturers, Sanders rebuked Clinton harshly. 'Maybe Secretary Clinton might want to apologize to the families who lost their loved ones in Iraq,' he said on CBS." (Sam Frizell, "Clinton And Sanders Clash On Qualifications As Democratic Race Gets Bitter," Time, 4/7/16)

Clinton Is Claiming That Sanders Is Unqualified And Uninformed

Following A "String Of Losses," Clinton Is "Sharply Questioning [Sanders] Credentials And Suggesting He Lacks Expertise…" "Hillary Clinton, stung by a string of losses, is testing a new line of attack against rival Bernie Sanders ahead of New York's Democratic primary: sharply questioning his credentials and suggesting he lacks expertise to implement his campaign pledge to break up big banks." (Amanda Becker, "Clinton, Sanders Turn Spiky Ahead Of New York Primary," Reuters, 4/7/16)

Yesterday, Clinton Questioned Whether Sanders Is Qualified To Be President. "Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton on Wednesday questioned whether her rival in the Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), is qualified to be president." (Juliet Eilperin And Anne Gearan, "Clinton Questions Whether Sanders Is Qualified To Be President," The Washington Post , 4/6/16)

  • Clinton Said Sanders "Hadn't Done His Homework…" "'I think he hadn't done his homework and he'd been talking for more than a year about doing things that he obviously hadn't really studied or understood,' Clinton said in an interview on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe,' just one day after losing the Wisconsin primary to Sanders, 'and that does raise a lot of questions.'" (Juliet Eilperin And Anne Gearan, "Clinton Questions Whether Sanders Is Qualified To Be President," The Washington Post , 4/6/16)

The Clinton Campaign Accused Sanders Of Being "Unable To Answer Basic Questions…" " In an email to supporters, a senior Clinton campaign aide said 'even on his signature issue of breaking up the banks' Sanders had been 'unable to answer basic questions.' The email included a transcript of the full interview. 'If you are going to be a single-issue candidate, at least know your single issue,' Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said on Twitter." (Amanda Becker, "Clinton, Sanders Turn Spiky Ahead Of New York Primary," Reuters, 4/7/16)


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