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Hillary's Sunday Of Spin

- April 10, 2016

Clinton Spends Sunday Show Interview Shading The Facts Surrounding Her Record And Positions


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Clinton spent her Sunday morning ducking and dodging her own history of failed policies and her husband's penchant for gaffes.
  • Clinton was confronted with her husband's tough words for Black Lives Matter protesters, forcing her to try and spin them away.
  • Even as she has spent much of her campaign coming out against her husband's legacy, Clinton embraced Bill Clinton's "great legacy."
  • Despite leading the charge into Libya and being a vocal supporter of America's withdrawal from Iraq, Clinton denies her foreign policy leadership as Secretary of State led to ISIS gaining strength.
  • After a week of the two Democratic campaigns butting heads, Clinton says she has nothing bad to say about Sanders.
  • Pushed again on a $15 minimum wage, Clinton was forced to fallback on doublespeak.

CLINTON WAS FORCED TO SPIN BILL'S SPAT WITH BLACK LIVES MATTER

Clinton Tried To Spin Bill Clinton's Recent Shouting Match With Black Lives Matter Protestors, Claiming What Bill Was Actually Conveying Is That "We Should All Be Listening To Each Other." CNN'S JAKE TAPPER: "Your husband, there was an interesting moment in Philadelphia, I'm sure your husband interrupted by some Black Lives Matter protesters. And he very passionately defended your use of 'super predator' back in the '90s, and, a word I know you've said, that you regret using and that you wouldn't use again." CLINTON: "Mm-hmm." TAPPER: "But I want to just, like, more broadly ask you about what your husband said, because he did say something very interesting, which was there were a lot of people back then, African-Americans, who were sending young African-Americans to their deaths. And that was what was behind the term 'super predator,' and those black lives matter. What do you make of that whole debate?" CLINTON: "Well, I think what Bill said is that we should all be listening to each other. And I certainly have been listening. The very first day of this campaign, I gave a speech about criminal justice reform and ending the era of mass incarceration. I have been consistently speaking out about what I would do as president." (CNN's "State Of The Union," 4/10/16)

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The Moment Was Described As Angry, Heated And Cringeworthy

Last Week, While Campaigning For His Wife, President Bill Clinton Was Interrupted By Black Lives Matter Protesters Heckling Him For Supporting The 1994 Crime Bill. "Former President Bill Clinton repeatedly defended himself from criticism about his support of his controversial crime bill from a series of protestors during a rally for his wife's presidential campaign. The protestors interrupted the president's stump speech, shouting criticism of his support of the 1994 crime bill that raised mandatory minimum sentences, with one holding up a sign that said 'Clinton crime bill destroyed our communities.'" (Ben Kamisar, "Bill Clinton Clashes With Protesters Over His Crime Bill," The Hill, 4/7/16)

Politico Headline: "Bill Clinton Spars Angrily With Protesters Over Crime, Welfare Bill Legacies" (Nick Gass, "Bill Clinton Spars Angrily With Protestors Over Crime, Welfare Bill Legacies," Politico , 4/7/16)

The Washington Post Headline: "Bill Clinton Gets Heated With Black Lives Matter Protesters Over His Crime Bill" (Philip Bump, "Bill Clinton Gets Heated With Black Lives Matter Protestors Over His Crime Bill," The Washington Post , 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 Very Lives You Say Matter," Salon , 4/7/16)

Despite Clinton Later Apologizing For His Comments, His Wife Refused To Criticize Him Or The Law, Something She Has Worked To Distance Herself From

Clinton Later Said He Regretted The Way He Handled It. "Bill Clinton told supporters in Erie, Pennsylvania on Friday that he likes protests but it "bothers" him when the activists drown him out. 'So I did something yesterday in Philadelphia. I almost wanted to apologize for it, but I want to use it as an example of the danger threatening our country,' he said. Bill Clinton said Americans need to be able to have conversations, even when they are angry - a standard he failed to meet on Thursday afternoon with the protesters." (Lisa Lerer, "Clinton Says He Regrets Scolding Protesters At Wife's Rally," CNN, 4/8/16)

On Sunday, When Questioned About Her Husband's Interaction With Black Lives Matters Protesters, Clinton Pivoted And Argued That The Crime Bill Was Aimed At Making People Listen To Each Other. CNN'S JAKE TAPPER: "I want to just, like, more broadly ask you about what your husband said because he did say something very interesting which was there were a lot of people back then, African-Americans, who were sending young African-Americans to their deaths. And that was what was behind the term 'super predator,' and those black l matter. What do you make of that whole debate?" CLINTON: "Well, I think what bill said is that we should all be listening to each other. And I certainly have been listening." (CNN's State Of The Union, 4/10/16)

Then When Asked About What She Said To Her Husband Following The Incident, Clinton Dodged, Refusing To Criticize Her Husband's Legacy. CNN'S JAKE TAPPER: More personally, your husband, obviously, very, very much wants you to win. And he would do anything, I'm sure, to do that. But he also is somebody who understandably wants to defend his legacy. And I'm just wondering if those two things are ever in conflict, and if I can ask what you said to him when you saw that footage out of Philadelphia. I'm not saying there was anything necessarily wrong with what he was saying, but it was just -- it was just an interesting moment about a very important issue." CLINTON: "Well, he's not only a former president, he's my husband." TAPPER: "Right." CLINTON: "And he does take defending and protecting me very seriously, and I appreciate that. And I think he has a great legacy. If we're going to talk about his eight years as president, we should talk about everything." (CNN's State Of The Union, 4/10/16)

Clinton Has Tried To Distance Herself From The Crime Bill She Refused To Criticize Her Husband For Defending. "As first lady, Clinton strongly supported the legislation. She was careful to acknowledge this difficult history at a town hall in North Las Vegas on Tuesday…At the town hall, Clinton endorsed the recommendations of President Barack Obama's task force on policing, arguing that the federal government should set an example for states by not providing funds for police equipment that militarizes communities during confrontations. She pointed out that the first major policy speech of her campaign was about reforming the criminal justice system." (Samantha Lachman, "Hillary Clinton Continues To Distance Herself From Her Husband's Crime Policies," Huffington Post , 8/19/15)

HILLARY DEFENDED BILL CLINTON'S "GREAT LEGACY" BUT TODAY OPPOSES MANY PARTS OF HIS LEGACY

Hillary Clinton Defends Bill's "Great Legacy," Including Laws She Now Criticizes. CNN'S JAKE TAPPER: "More personally, your husband, obviously, very, very much wants you to win. And he would do anything, I'm sure, to do that. But he also is somebody who understandably wants to defend his legacy. And I'm just wondering if those two things are ever in conflict, and if I can ask what you said to him when you saw that footage out of Philadelphia. I'm not saying there was anything necessarily wrong with what he was saying, but it was just -- it was just an interesting moment about a very important issue." CLINTON: "Well, he's not only a former president, he's my husband." TAPPER: "Right." CLINTON: "And he does take defending and protecting me very seriously, and I appreciate that. And I think he has a great legacy. If we're going to talk about his eight years as president, we should talk about everything." (CNN's " State Of The Union,"4/10/16)

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Clinton Has Been "Distancing Herself From Her Husband's 1990s-era Trade Policies" Like NAFTA

As A 2016 Candidate, Clinton Has Been "Distancing Herself From Her Husband's 1990s-Era Trade Polices" Like NAFTA. "First, she's distancing herself from her husband's 1990s-era trade policies, pointing to her Senate record. Clinton has said she rejected a Central American trade pact, the only multilateral trade agreement during her eight-year Senate tenure. She's also calculating that her policy proposals, more detailed than what Sanders has offered, can achieve what they failed to in Michigan: overcome the raw emotion Sanders is tapping with his anti-trade message." (Heidi M Przybyla, "Midwest Concerns Over Income Inequality, Trade Prove A Challenge To Clinton," USA Today , 3/10/16)

  • Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook "Acknowledged That [The Campaign] Needed To Better Amplify Mrs. Clinton's Tough Stance On Trade Deals." "But the campaign manager, Robby Mook, acknowledged that it needed to better amplify Mrs. Clinton's tough stance on trade deals and her plans to actually create and bring back manufacturing jobs, while contrasting her specific policies with what her aides say are empty catchphrases and trade bashing from Mr. Sanders." (Amy Chozick, "After Michigan Loss, Hillary Clinton Sharpens Message On Jobs And Trade," The New York Times , 3/9/16)

As A Signature Piece Of Legislation For His Administration, Bill Clinton Campaigned For NAFTA "As If His Life Depended On It." "Though Clinton did, in fact, inherit NAFTA from the Bush 41 regime, he campaigned for its passage as if his life depended on it, taking on the out-front protectionist bloc in the Democratic Party at a time when his standing was far from solid-an act of considerable political courage and even greater political skill. After pushing through the deal, Clinton described it as representing a seminal decision by the country not to retreat from a world in which 'change is the only constant.'" (John Heilemann, "Marital Discord," New York Magazine, 7/16/07)

Bill Clinton Said The U.S. Economy Would Be More Powerful After NAFTA. BILL CLINTON: "I believe we have made a decision now that will permit us to create an economic order in the world that will promote more growth, more equality, better preservation of the environment, and a greater possibility of world peace. We are on the verge of a global economic expansion that is sparked by the fact that the United States, at this critical moment, decided that we would compete, not retreat." (President Bill Clinton, Remarks At NAFTA Signing Ceremony , Washington, DC, 12/8/93)

Bill Clinton Labeled Critics Of NAFTA As Fearful And Insecure. BILL CLINTON: "But if you strip away the differences, it is clear that most of the people that oppose this pact are rooted in the fears and insecurities that are legitimately gripping the great American middle class. It is no use to deny that these fears and insecurities exist. It is no use denying that many of our people have lost in the battle for change. But it is a great mistake to think that NAFTA will make it worse." (President Bill Clinton, Remarks At Signing Of NAFTA Side Agreements , Washington, DC, 9/14/93)

Income Inequality "Skyrocketed" During The Clinton Administration

"Under Pressure From The Left," Clinton Has Aggressively Campaigned Against Income Equality. "Hillary Clinton, under pressure from the left wing of her Democratic Party to aggressively campaign against income inequality, voiced concern about the hefty paychecks of some corporate executives in an email to supporters." (Caren Bohan, Emily Flitter and Amanda Becker, "Hillary Clinton Surprises With Early Attack On CEO Pay," Reuters, 4/13/15)

On The Campaign Trail, Clinton Has Called Combating Income Inequality The "Defining Economic Challenge Of Our Time." "Clinton said that raising incomes for Americans to afford a middle-class life was the 'defining economic challenge of our time. … The evidence is in,' she said later in the speech. 'Inequality is a drag on our entire economy. This is the problem we need to tackle.'" (Annie Karni and Glenn Thrush, "Clinton Goes Heavy On Economic Politics, Light On Policy." Politico, 7/13/15)

The Washington Post : "Income Inequality Skyrocketed" During The Clinton Administration. "Income inequality skyrocketed. The Clinton years saw the top 1 percent and top 0.1 percent pull away from the rest of the country more aggressively than they had before." (Dylan Matthews, "The Clinton Economy, In Charts," The Washington Post, 9/5/12)

During The Bill Clinton Administration, Income Inequality Increased 12 Percent. "However, Clinton raised the top marginal rate in 1993 to 39.6 percent, and this also ushered in a long period of increasing income inequality. The Gini coefficient went from 0.498 in 1993 to 0.555 in 2000 - an increase of 12 percent." (William McBride, "Income Inequality Went Up 12 Percent Under Clinton, Zero Under Bush," Tax Foundation, 1/20/12)

Hillary Clinton Opposed DOMA, Which Bill Clinton Signed Into Law

Bill Clinton Signed The Defense Of Marriage Act Into Law In 1996. "At issue is the Defense of Marriage Act, which passed Congress with overwhelming bipartisan majorities at the height of the 1996 presidential campaign, when Bill Clinton was seeking a second term. It's now a relic of history, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, but the fact that Bill Clinton signed it in the first place has long infuriated gay rights supporters." (Steve Kornacki, "Why Bill Clinton Really Signed DOMA," MSNBC, 10/27/15)

But Hillary Clinton Came Out Against Her Husband's Law. "The news, though, seems to be that Hillary is repudiating her long (if tepidly) held support for the Defense of Marriage Act, which her husband signed, and which drew her criticism in New York." (Ben Smith, "Hillary Repudiates DOMA," Politico's Ben Smith's Blog, 6/3/07)

Clinton Has Attacked Her Democrat Rival For Supporting A Wall Street Deregulation Bill That Her Husband's Administration Crafted And He Signed Into Law

Earlier This Year, Clinton Attacked Sanders For Voting For The Commodity Futures Modernization Act in 2000. "But at the Democratic debate in Charleston Sunday night, Clinton unearthed a part of Sanders' record on Wall Street regulations that seems -- at least at the outset -- to complicate his claim of being a crusader for more, rather than less regulation. Specifically, she noted that Sanders voted in favor of The Commodity Futures Modernization Act in 2000." (Abby Phillip, "Hillary Clinton Attacked Bernie Sanders For Voting For A Bill Her Husband Signed Into Law," The Washington Post , 1/18/16)

Clinton: "Senator Sanders, You're The Only One On This Stage That Voted To Deregulate The Financial Market In 2000, To Take The Cops Off The Street…" "'Well, the last point on this is, Senator Sanders, you're the only one on this stage that voted to deregulate the financial market in 2000, to take the cops off the street, to use Governor O'Malley's phrase, to make the SEC and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission no longer able to regulate swaps and derivatives, which were one of the main cause of the collapse in '08,' Clinton said." (Abby Phillip, "Hillary Clinton Attacked Bernie Sanders For Voting For A Bill Her Husband Signed Into Law," The Washington Post , 1/18/16)

  • Clinton Went On To Suggest The Bill Contributed To The 2008 Financial Collapse. "'Well, the last point on this is, Senator Sanders, you're the only one on this stage that voted to deregulate the financial market in 2000, to take the cops off the street, to use Governor O'Malley's phrase, to make the SEC and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission no longer able to regulate swaps and derivatives, which were one of the main cause of the collapse in '08,' Clinton said." (Abby Phillip, "Hillary Clinton Attacked Bernie Sanders For Voting For A Bill Her Husband Signed Into Law," The Washington Post , 1/18/16)

However, "Not Only Did President Bill Clinton Sign That Bill Into Law, But Key Officials In His Administration Were Also Credited With Helping To Craft It." "But here's what she didn't say: Not only did President Bill Clinton sign that bill into law, but key officials in his administration were also credited with helping to craft it." (Abby Phillip, "Hillary Clinton Attacked Bernie Sanders For Voting For A Bill Her Husband Signed Into Law," The Washington Post , 1/18/16)

HILLARY DENIED HER FOREIGN POLICY LED TO THE RISE OF ISIS

Despite Being Secretary Of State For Four Years, Clinton Claimed It Was "Absurd" To Say She Bears Any Responsibility For The Obama Foreign Policy That Led To The Rise Of ISIS. CNN'S JAKE TAPPER: "Jeff Weaver, Senator Sanders' campaign manager, said that your foreign policy, and you support a foreign policy, that helped give rise to the creation of ISIS." CLINTON: "Well, that is beyond absurd, and you know, they're saying a lot of things these days, and I'm just going to let them say whatever they choose to say. But, you know, ISIS was primarily the result of the vacuum in Syria caused by Assad, first and foremost, aided and abetted by Iran and Russia. So I think that let's put responsibility where it belongs." (CNN's "State Of The Union," 4/10/16)

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Clinton Was A Strong Defender Of Obama's Withdrawal From Iraq, Creating A Vacuum ISIS Has Now Filled

In 2011, Clinton "Strongly Defended President Obama's Plan To Withdraw Combat Troops From Iraq." "Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday strongly defended President Obama's plan to withdraw combat troops from Iraq by the end of the year and issued a pointed warning to Iran not to underestimate the United States' commitment to stability in the region." (Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "Clinton Defends Iraq Withdrawal Plan," The New York Times, 10/23/11)

  • The New York Times Headline: "Clinton Defends Iraq Withdrawal Plan" (Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "Clinton Defends Iraq Withdrawal Plan," The New York Times, 10/23/11)

Clinton On Withdrawing From Iraq: "Obama Has Shown Great Leadership In Navigating To This Point, Fulfilling His Promise, Meeting The Obligations That Were Entered Into Before He Ever Came Into Office." NBC'S DAVID GREGORY: "But Secretary Clinton, the question is whether you think this criticism is well-founded or not. Do we not endanger recent success in Iraq by not having any residual force? Is there not a legitimate prospect of civil war, which many people fear?" CLINTON: "Well, honestly, I think that they should have raised those issues when President Bush agreed to the agreement to withdraw troops by the end of this year. I feel like this is a debate that is looking backwards instead of forwards. … But President Obama has shown great leadership in navigating to this point, fulfilling his promise, meeting the obligations that were entered into before he ever came into office. We are providing a support-and-training mission. We will be there on the ground, working with the Iraqis. And I just want to add, David, that no one should miscalculate America's resolve and commitment to helping support the Iraqi democracy. We have paid too high a price to give the Iraqis this chance, and I hope that Iran and no one else miscalculates that." (NBC's " Meet The Press," 10/23/11)

As America Was Preparing To leave Iraq, ISIS Had "Laid The Foundation For The Group's Resurgence" In The Country, Even Before The Syrian Civil War Erupted. "But even before the civil war in Syria presented him with a growth opportunity, Mr. Baghdadi had been taking steps in Iraq - something akin to a corporate restructuring - that laid the foundation for the group's resurgence, just as the Americans were leaving. He picked off rivals through assassinations, orchestrated prison breaks to replenish his ranks of fighters and diversified his sources of funding through extortion, to wean the group off outside funding from Al Qaeda's central authorities." (Tim Arango and Eric Schmitt, "U.S. Actions In Iraq Fueled Rise Of A Rebel," The New York Times , 8/10/14)

In June 2014, Clinton Deflected Responsibility As Secretary In Anticipating ISIS'S Gains In Iraq, Saying She "Could Not Have Predicted" The Success Of ISIS In The Region. CLINTON: "So this is not just a Syrian problem anymore. I never thought it was just a Syrian problem. I thought it was a regional problem. I could not have predicted, however, the extent to which ISIS could be effective in seizing cities in Iraq and trying to erase boundaries to create an Islamic state." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The Council On Foreign Relations, New York, NY, 6/12/14)

  • Obama's Former Ambassador To Iraq, Ryan Crocker, On ISIS: "The News From Iraq Is, Quite Frankly, Terrifying. And It Was Utterly Predictable." "The news from Iraq is, quite frankly, terrifying. And it was utterly predictable. I have been saying for months that we must do everything we can to support Syria's neighbors - Jordan, Lebanon and especially Iraq - to ensure that the al-Qaeda contagion in Syria does not spread. It has. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) now occupies much of the area between Kurdistan and Baghdad." (Ryan Crocker, Op-Ed, "It's Not Too Late To Reengage With Iraq," The Washington Post , 6/19/14)

Clinton Called Iraq "A Dreadful Deteriorating Situation." CFR'S RICHARD HAASS: "And given what's going on Iraq, the unraveling in Iraq, where there is no residual American force, are you comfortable or uncomfortable with a calendar other than a conditions based approach to what we're going to do in Afghanistan." CLINTON: "Well, first let me say on Iraq, because that's in the news and it's a dreadful deteriorating situation." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The Council On Foreign Relations, New York, NY, 6/12/14)

Clinton's Bungled Libya Policy Has Allowed ISIS To Expand Into The Country

Clinton Was So Eager To Take Credit For Obama's Libya Policy That Her Aides Sent Memos "That Described Her Starring Role In" Leading The Policy. "Two days before, Mrs. Clinton had taken a triumphal tour of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and for weeks top aides had been circulating a 'ticktock' that described her starring role in the events that had led to this moment. The timeline, her top policy aide, Jake Sullivan, wrote, demonstrated Mrs. Clinton's "leadership/ownership/stewardship of this country's Libya policy from start to finish." The memo's language put her at the center of everything: 'HRC announces … HRC directs … HRC travels … HRC engages,' it read." (Jo Becker and Scott Shane, "Hillary Clinton, 'Smart Power' And A Dictator's Fall," The New York Times, 2/27/16)

"It Was A Brag Sheet For A Cabinet Member Eyeing A Presidential Race, And The Clinton Team's Eagerness To Claim Credit For Her Prompted Eye-Rolling At The White House…" "It was a brag sheet for a cabinet member eyeing a presidential race, and the Clinton team's eagerness to claim credit for her prompted eye-rolling at the White House and the Pentagon. Some joked that to hear her aides tell it, she had practically called in the airstrikes herself." (Jo Becker and Scott Shane, "Hillary Clinton, 'Smart Power' And A Dictator's Fall," The New York Times, 2/27/16)

April 2015: Libya "Is A Failed State," A "Haven For Human Traffickers," And "A Mess That No One Should Think Will Be Resolved By The Current UN-Backed Peace Process." "Yes, Libya is a failed state and a haven for human traffickers. It is a mess that no one should think will be resolved by the current UN-backed peace process between its warring militias." (Roula Khalaf, "Misplaced Nostalgia For Libya's Colonel Gaddafi," Financial Times, 4/29/15)

  • In A Report, Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates Criticized Clinton's Libya Post-Intervention Plan: "We Were Playing It By Ear." "The only strategy spelled out publicly was that the Europeans' newly formed 'Libyan Transitional Council' would be at the forefront of the effort. Washington was 'leading from behind,' to use a famous phrase from the era. As then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who opposed the U.S. intervention, frustratingly explained to The Daily Beast: 'We were playing it by ear.'" (Nancy A. Youssef, "Hillary's Libya Post-War Plan Was 'Play It By Ear,' Gates Says," The Daily Beast , 10/20/15)

ISIS "Has Greatly Expanded Its Control Over Territory In Libya And The Militants Are Claiming To Be The Key Defense For The North African State Against Foreign Military Intervention, United Nations Sanctions Monitors Said." "Islamic State has greatly expanded its control over territory in Libya and the militants are claiming to be the key defense for the North African state against foreign military intervention, United Nations sanctions monitors said. In their annual report to the U.N. Security Council, which was released on Wednesday, the monitors also said Libya has become more attractive to foreign fighters who mainly arrive through Sudan, Tunisia and Turkey." (Michelle Nichols, "Islamic State Greatly Expands Control In Libya: U.N. Report," Reuters , 3/10/16)

President Obama Is Being Pressed By His National Security Aides To Open Another Military Front Against ISIS And Re-Intervene In Libya. "President Obama is being pressed by some of his national security aides, including his top military advisers, to approve the use of American forces in Libya to open another front against the Islamic State. But Mr. Obama, wary of embarking on an intervention in another Muslim country, has told his aides to redouble their efforts to help form a unity government in Libya at the same time the Pentagon refines its options. Those include airstrikes, commando raids or advising vetted Libyan militias on the ground, as Special Operations forces are doing now in eastern Syria. Covert C.I.A. paramilitary missions are also being considered, but the use of large numbers of American ground troops is not on the table." (Eric Schmitt, "Obama Is Pressed To Open Military Front Against ISIS In Libya," The New York Times, 2/2/16)

CLINTON CLAIMED SHE HAD NOTHING NEGATIVE TO SAY ABOUT SANDERS, DESPITE HER BLATANT ATTEMPTS TO ATTACK HIM IN THE RECENT DAYS

Today, On CNN's State Of The Union, Clinton Said "I Don't Have Anything Negative To Say About [Sanders]." CNN'S JAKE TAPPER: "Do you have similar doubts about what kind of president he might make?" CLINTON: "Well, look, I've said repeatedly that I'd take him over Donald Trump or Ted Cruz any day. I think people know that I will be a president who will follow through on what I've said. That's why I've laid out plans. I want to knock down all the barriers that stand in the way of people getting ahead and staying ahead. I want to protect people's rights. I want to protect our country. I want to unify our country. And I think I'm in a very good position to actually get that done." TAPPER: "But do you have any doubts about what kind of president he might be?" CLINTON: "No, I don't. I mean, I don't have anything negative to say about him." (CNN, " State Of The Union," 4/10/16)

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Clinton Has Been Attacking Sanders For Being Unqualified

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)

This Week, 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'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)

Clinton Has Been Attacking Sanders On His Gun Record

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 Openly Questioning Sanders' Democratic Credentials

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 Has Been Mocking Sanders Young Voters As Mere Protesters

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)

CLINTON GAVE DOUBLESPEAK ON A $15 MINIMUM WAGE

Clinton Defended Position Of Having It Both Ways On Minimum Wage. CNN'S JAKE TAPPER: "Earlier this week, you appeared with Governor Cuomo here in New York at an event where the minimum wage was officially raised to $15 an hour. You support letting the states do that. On a federal level I believe you support raising it to $12 an hour, is that right?" CLINTON: "Yes." TAPPER: "So Senator Sanders told me that he found it somewhat amusing that you did that given that your position is more nuanced in the sense that you don't support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 as he does. What do you think of that?" CLINTON: "Well, I have been in favor of what's called 'The Fight For $15' for a year. I have been supportive of the unions and activists and officials who have come together to try to raise the minimum wage to $15." (CNN's "State Of The Union,"4/10/16)

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Clinton Claims To "Support" Americans Who Are Fighting For A $15 Minimum Wage On The "State And Local" Level

Clinton: As President, I Will "Support State And Local Efforts To Go Even Further" Than A $12 An Hour Federal Minimum Wage. "As president, I will work to raise the federal minimum wage back to the highest level it's ever been - $12 an hour in today's dollars - and support state and local efforts to go even further. Across the country, thousands of low-income workers, with the support of SEIU and others, have come together to fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union. I strongly support those efforts." (Hillary Clinton, "Organizing To Raise Wages," Medium, 2/2/16)

  • Clinton: "I Strongly Support" The Efforts By The SEIU To "Fight For $15." "Across the country, thousands of low-income workers, with the support of SEIU and others, have come together to fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union. I strongly support those efforts." (Hillary Clinton, "Organizing To Raise Wages," Medium, 2/2/16)

However, Clinton Has Said $15 "Wouldn't Be Realistic" For Everywhere In America

Clinton Has Suggested The More Aggressive Proposal Of $15 An Hour Nationally "Wouldn't Be Realistic." "Putting some distance between herself and other Democratic presidential hopefuls, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced support Thursday for a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $12, suggesting that a more ambitious proposal of $15 wouldn't be realistic on Capitol Hill." (Dave Jamieson, "Hillary Clinton Voices Support For $12 Minimum Wage, But Balks At $15,"Huffington Post, 7/30/15)

Clinton Has Said $15 An Hour "May Not Make Sense For Less Dense Areas With Lower Costs Of Living." "Clinton has said previously that a $15 minimum wage, which is fast becoming a reality in pricy cities like Seattle and Los Angeles, may not make sense for less dense areas with lower costs of living." (Dave Jamieson, "Hillary Clinton Voices Support For $12 Minimum Wage, But Balks At $15,"Huffington Post, 7/30/15)

Clinton's Rival Has Been Quick To Highlight Clinton's Doublespeak, Calling Her Position On Minimum Wage "Not Really Sincere"

Bernie Sanders' Campaign Has Been Quick To Highlight Clinton's Doublespeak On Minimum Wage. "Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign is accusing rival Hillary Clinton of not being "sincere" in her public support for New York's move to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Clinton appeared with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday to mark the new law's passage, and has said she supports a $12 an hour national minimum wage with flexibility for states to move higher." (David Wright, "Sanders Campaign: Clinton Not 'Sincere On Minimum Wage," CNN, 4/5/16)

Sanders Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver: Clinton Is "Not Really Sincere" About A $15 An Hour Minimum Wage. "'As we've seen throughout this campaign, the secretary seems to want to move toward Bernie's positions. Unfortunately, they're not really sincere moves, and I think were she to get the nomination, I think you would see her backing off some of those 'progressive moves' that she's made over the course of this campaign,' he said." (David Wright, "Sanders Campaign: Clinton Not 'Sincere On Minimum Wage," CNN, 4/5/16)


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