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Following Mounting Losses, Clinton Gets Nasty

- April 7, 2016

Desperate For A Win In New York State, Team Clinton Has Reverted To The Kitchen Sink Strategy


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Following a string of primary losses, Team Clinton has made the strategic decision to go nuclear and attempt to disqualify Sanders.
  • Clinton has attacked Sanders on his qualifications, on whether or not he is a Democrat and blamed him and his state for gun-related deaths.
  • Clinton has been struggling to secure the Democrat nomination, and the New York Primary has become "make-or-break."
  • Clinton has stopped trying to win over Sanders supporters, and now is attacking them, worrying Democrat insiders.
  • The Sanders Campaign insists it will stay in the race until the summer Democrat Convention - and has the money to go the distance.

FOLLOWING A STRING OF DAMAGING PRIMARY LOSSES, CLINTON HAS TAKEN HER MESSAGE NEGATIVE

"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)

"Clinton Has Been Unable To Put The Campaign's Primary Phase Behind Her…" "Clinton has been unable to put the campaign's primary phase behind her despite holding a lead in overall votes and convention delegates from the start of the contest." (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 Has Been Unable To Secure The Democrat Primary Nomination, Losing Seven Of The Last Eight Primary Contests

Clinton Has Now Lost Six Of The Last Seven Primary Contests, Before Tuesday's Victory In Wisconsin. "The escalating tension between the two candidates, who for months refrained from criticizing one another outright, comes after Sanders took Wisconsin on Tuesday to notch six of the last seven contests for the Democratic nomination." (Amanda Becker, "Clinton, Sanders Turn Spiky Ahead Of New York Primary," Reuters, 4/7/16)

  • In Wisconsin Sanders Won An "Easy Double-Digit Victory..." "Sanders's easy double-digit victory Tuesday night in Wisconsin was only the latest example of his staying power, while a fierce back and forth between campaign aides showed the increasing willingness to attack qualifications and character on both sides." (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 New York Democrat Primary Has Become "Make-Or-Break…" "Counting down to what has become a make-or-break Democratic primary in New York on April 19, the two campaigns traded zingers in speeches, interviews and on social media." (Anne Gearan And John Wagner, "Clinton, Sanders Engage In Growing Grudge Match In Countdown To N.Y. Primary," The Washington Post , 4/6/16)

In A Dramatic Shift Of Tone, Team Clinton Has Now Decided To Go Nuclear On Sanders

Clinton's Three Part Attack Strategy Is To "Disqualify [Sanders], Defeat [Sanders], And Unify The Party Later." "As Sanders took a victory lap following a 14-point triumph in Wisconsin, Clinton took fresh aim at the Vermont senator as part of a three-part strategy before the New York primary on April 19: Disqualify him, defeat him, and unify the party later." (Jeff Zeleny, "Clinton Plan: Defeat Sanders, Then Unify Democratic Party," CNN, 4/6/16)

  • This Is A Sharp Change From Clinton's Previous Strategy To "Ignore [Sanders], Brushing Him Aside, Gently Dismissing His Policies." "It's the latest chapter in Clinton's approach to Sanders. She's tried ignoring him, brushing him aside, gently dismissing his policies. The Clinton campaign has refrained from going nuclear on Sanders, aides say, in large part to keep at least some good will alive in hopes of unifying the party at the end of the primary fight." (Jeff Zeleny, "Clinton Plan: Defeat Sanders, Then Unify Democratic Party," CNN, 4/6/16)

"Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is Taking New Steps To Try And Disqualify Bernie Sanders In The Eyes Of Democratic Voters, Hoping To Extinguish The Argument That He Is An Electable Alternative For The Party's Presidential Nomination." (Jeff Zeleny, "Clinton Plan: Defeat Sanders, Then Unify Democratic Party," CNN, 4/6/16)

MNSBC's Kristen Welker Noted That The Clinton Campaign Has Begun To "Ramp Up" Their Rhetoric Because Of Their Series Of Primary Losses. MSNBC'S KRISTEN WELKER: "Absolutely and it's just stunning and I think Kasie pointed to this, that this campaign started out as the cordial campaign, especially when you matched it against republicans and we haven't seen quite the same level of personal attacks that we've seen on the Republican side going after each other's spouses, for example, but this has gotten incredibly personal. To say that someone is not qualified to be president really does mark a new level I think in this heated exchange, you sense that out on the campaign trail, you sense that in their public comments. Remember, from the perspective of the Clinton campaign one of the reasons why we're seeing her ramp up her rhetoric, she had expected to have this race locked up by the end of March. That didn't happen. And now she's in this increasingly competitive race, she's eager to pivot to the general election as we've seen with some of her comments directed towards Donald Trump and she can't do that yet. As of right now her focus is on New York but also turning the page on those six consecutive losses that she has had." (MSNBC, 4/7/16)

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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)

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)

Business Insider Headline: "Hillary Clinton And Her Campaign Are Taking Some Of Their Biggest Swings Yet At Bernie Sanders" (Maxwell Tani, "Hillary Clinton And Her Campaign Are Taking Some Of Their Biggest Swings Yet At Bernie Sanders," Business Insider, 4/6/16)

Following The Losses, Clinton Is Claiming That Sanders Is Unqualified And Uninformed, A Sharp Shift From The Respect She Once Bestowed Her Chief Rival

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)

Clinton Has Been Insinuating Sanders Doesn't Belong In The Democrat Party

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)

Team Clinton Has Been Using Inflammatory Rhetoric To Directly Blame Sanders For Gun-Related Deaths

The Chicago Tribune Headline: "Hillary Clinton Hits Bernie Sanders On Gun Control, And Sharpens Attacks" ("Hillary Clinton Hits Bernie Sanders On Gun Control, And Sharpens Attacks," Chicago Tribune, 4/6/16)

Clinton And Her Campaign Took Aim At The Vermont Senator Claiming That Many Of The Guns Used To Commit Crimes In New York Come Across The Border From Sander's Home State. "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)

Clinton Has Been Dismissive And Condescending Towards Sanders' Supporters, Exactly Who She Will Need To Unify The Party If She Is The Nominee

Yesterday Morning, Clinton Brushed Aside 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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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)

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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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 "Can't Fire Up Young Voters…" "Bernie Sanders may be a dead ringer for Larry David, but Hillary is running the 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' campaign. She can't fire up young voters by dwelling on what can't be done in Washington and by explaining that she's more prose than poetry." (Maureen Dowd, "Hillary Battles Bernie Sanders, Chick Magnet," The New York Times, 2/6/16)

Sanders Is "Routinely Whopping [Clinton] Among Young Voters." "The comments from Clinton likely offer a preview of what's to come in the two weeks before the April 19 New York primary. Clinton and her aides are signaling that they intend to go on the attack against Sanders, who is raising more money for Clinton and routinely whopping her among young voters." (Amie Parnes, "Clinton Shifts Media Tactics To Take On Sanders, Trump," The Hill, 4/6/16)

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)

WITH CLINTON'S VICIOUS NEW OFFENSIVE, DEMOCRATS ARE WORRIED ABOUT UNIFYING THE PARTY

Democrats Have Long Worried Clinton's Attacks On Sanders Will Cause Her Headaches Should She Secure The Nomination

Democrats Are Preparing For "A Long And Expensive Head-To-Head Battle" Between Clinton And Sanders. "Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond." (Julie Pace And Ken Thomas, "Dems Ready For Long, Pricey Primary Between Clinton, Sanders," The Associated Press, 2/5/16)

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)

Some Clinton Backers Fear That Following The Primary, Sanders Supporters Will Not Reconcile With Clinton As A Democrat Nominee. "While many Democrats point to the reconciliation that occurred after the rough 2008 contest between Clinton and Barack Obama - despite the dead-ender protestations of some Clinton backers - some fret that the dynamic is different with Sanders, in part because many of the younger voters and independents who like his message don't associate with a party. In that case, it might not matter much that Clinton actually has a higher approval rating among Democrats now than Obama did at this point in 2008." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Sanders Rallies Take A Darker Turn," Politico, 2/5/16)

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)

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)

And There Is No Sign A Well-Funded Sanders Campaign Will Show Any Sign Of Dropping Out Anytime Soon

The Sanders Campaign Is Now Saying That The Primary Will Continue To The Democrat Convention Floor This Summer. "Bernie Sander's campaign manager insisted Tuesday that the Vermont senator will win the Democratic nomination over Hillary Clinton at the party's convention this summer. 'I think what this campaign is looking for and what the senator is looking for is going into the convention and coming out with the nomination,' Jeff Weaver said on CNN's 'New Day.'" (Jesse Byrnes, "Campaign Manager: Sanders Can Win Nomination At Contested Convention," The Hill's Ballot Box , 4/5/16)

Sanders Outraised Clinton By $14 Million In March. "Clinton announced on Monday that her campaign had raised $29.5 million for the month compared with the $44 million raised by the Sanders campaign. Sanders's March fundraising haul surpasses the campaign's own record-setting $43.3 million raised in February. " (Abby Phillip, "Bernie Sanders Outraises Hillary Clinton For Third Consecutive Month," The Washington Post's Post Politics , 4/4/16)

Sanders Outraised Clinton By $13 Million In February. "Hillary Clinton raised $30 million in February and has $31 million on hand, her campaign announced on Wednesday - far less than Bernie Sanders … Her rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, raised $43 million in February, with $6 million of that coming on Monday. Sanders' campaign has not announced its cash on hand, but as of the end of January, he had nearly $15 million in the bank." (Eliza Collins, "Sanders Vastly Outraised Clinton In February," Politico's Bernie v. Hillary , 2/2/16)

Sanders Outraised Clinton In By $5 Million In January. "Clinton began 2016 with about $38 million in campaign cash, $10 million more than Sanders had. Both saw their war chests grow bigger in January, with Sanders saying he'd raised $20 million last month and Clinton netting another $15 million." (Julie Pace And Ken Thomas, "Dems Ready For Long, Pricey Primary Between Clinton, Sanders," The Associated Press, 2/5/16)


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