The Top 15 Sanders Attacks On Clinton

- July 11, 2016

Sanders Abandons His Movement, Embraces Pro-Wall Street, Pro-Intervention, Pro-TPP Candidate Who He Recently Mocked As Unqualified And Unable To Lead A Political Revolution


  • While Sanders' endorsement of Clinton today is sure to be filled with sunshine and smiles, there is no forgetting the contentious primary between the two rivals that has left many of his supporters unwilling to back her.
  • Sanders repeatedly eviscerated Clinton on the campaign trail, questioning both her judgement, character and qualifications for assuming the presidency.
  • Sanders saved his strongest attacks on Clinton for her insider and Wall Street ties, support for Middle East interventions, and trade deals, saying she is in the pocket of those interests and stating he doesn't "think Hillary Clinton can lead a political revolution."
  • Sanders even went so far as to term Clinton's use of the term "super predators" as being "racist" and saying she knew the use of the term was racist as well.
  • On top of all these attacks, Sanders also went after Bill Clinton's treatment of women, saying it was "disgraceful."


Sanders Is Expected To Endorse Clinton Today In New Hampshire. "Bernie Sanders is poised to endorse Hillary Clinton at a campaign event Tuesday in New Hampshire, provided that final disagreements in the Democratic platform can be resolved during a weekend party meeting in Orlando, people familiar with the talks say." (Jeff Zeleny, "Bernie Sanders Poised To Endorse Hillary Clinton At Event Tuesday," CNN, 7/7/16)


Just Last Month, Sanders Said Clinton Couldn't Lead A Political Revolution. ABC'S GEORGE STEPHANOPOLUS: "So it sounds like you are prepared to play a pretty constructive role with Hillary Clinton, after speaking with her on Tuesday night, but as you know a lot of your supporters still pretty upset, and Jill Stein, the green party candidate is reaching out to them, she sent this tweet, 'Don't forget, Bernie Sanders signed up for a political revolution, Hillary is the antithesis of the revolution,' do you agree with that and do you believe that Hillary Clinton can lead a political revolution?" SEN. SANDERS (D-VT): "Well, I don't think Hillary Clinton can lead a political revolution, but I think that Hillary Clinton is smart, and she certainly is smart, she will understand that good public policy, taking on the big money interest, and standing up for working families, standing up for the environment, standing up for clean water, is in fact good politics, can she do that? Yes. Will she go as far as I would like? No, she won't, but I think what millions of people really want to understand and see is what kind of commitment she has to addressing the real crisis in this country, and transforming the democratic party away from the party which simply is there in many respects to raise money from the wealthy, into a party which listens to the pain of a declining middle class and 47 million people living in poverty and shows the courage to tell the big money interests that this world is gonna change." (ABC's " Face The Nation," 6/12/16)

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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)

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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)


Sanders Claims That Hillary Clinton Doesn't Have The Judgement To Be President, Partly Due To Her Iraq War Vote. SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (D-VT): "But I do Question Her Judgement. I question a judgement which voted for the war in Iraq, the worst foreign policy blunder in the history of this country." (New York Democratic Primary Debate, 4/14/16)

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Politico Headline: "Sanders Taunts Clinton Again On Wall Street Ties" (Colin Wilhelm, "Sanders Taunts Clinton Again On Wall Street Ties," Politico, 4/17/16)

Sanders Has Criticized Clinton For Her High Speaking Fees, 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 Also Said That Clinton's Wall Street Speeches "Must Be A Brilliant, Earth Shattering Speech" For The High Price Tag. "'We have shown the world that we can run a campaign without being dependent on powerful and wealthy special interests,' Sanders said. 'Secretary Clinton has chosen to raise her funds in a different way. In addition to that, as some of you may know, Secretary Clinton has given a number of speeches to Wall Street financial institutions for $225,000 a speech. Now, $225,000, that is a lot of money and I kind of figure that if you give a speech for that kind of money it must be a brilliant, earth shattering speech.'" (Daniel Strauss, "Sanders Jabs Clinton On Iraq Vote, Wall Street Ties," Politico , 5/3/16)

Sanders Has Said That Clinton Wants To Bring "Oligarchy" To The Country Because "Wall Street And Other Special Interests" Are Supporting Her. "Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday pressed his line of attack again that 'Wall Street and other special interests' are for rival Hillary Clinton and want to bring 'oligarchy' to the country." (Colin Wilhelm, "Sanders Taunts Clinton Again On Wall Street Ties," Politico, 4/17/16)

Sanders Attacked Clinton Saying That "You're Not Going To Have A Government That Represents All Of Us, So Long As You Have Candidates Like Secretary Clinton Being Dependent On Big Money Interest." "'This is the issue of American politics today: Do we have a government that represents all of us or just the 1 percent?" Sanders said on CNN's "State of the Union.' 'You're not going to have a government that represents all of us, so long as you have candidates like Secretary Clinton being dependent on big money interests.'" (Colin Wilhelm, "Sanders Taunts Clinton Again On Wall Street Ties," Politico, 4/17/16)

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)


Sanders Has Taken Aim At The Clinton Foundation's Foreign Government Donations. CNN'S JAKE TAPPER: "You have not been critical of the Clinton Foundation, but there are those who say that there is something inherently wrong with an American charity, especially one with ties to a Secretary of State, taking money from the Saudis, and other foreign governments that don't represent our values. Is that a fair criticism?" SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (D-VT): "Yes, it is. If you ask me about the Clinton Foundation, do I have a problem, when a sitting Secretary of State and a Foundation ran by her husband collects many millions of dollars from foreign governments, governments which are dictatorships, you don't have a lot of civil liberties, or democratic rights in Saudi Arabia, you don't have a lot of respect there for opposition points, for gay rights, for women's rights, um yeah, do I have a problem with that? Yeah I do." TAPPER: "You think it creates an appearance of conflict of interest?" SANDERS: "Yeah, I do." (CNN's "State Of The Union," 6/5/16)

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Sanders Said Clinton Knew "What That Language Meant" When She Referred To "Super Predators," Saying It "Was Referring To Young Blacks." "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) criticized former President Bill Clinton for recently defending his wife Hillary Clinton's use of the term 'super-predators' while discussing a controversial 1994 crime bill. 'I think we all knew back then what that language meant,' Sanders told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. 'That was referring to young blacks. And I don't think in this country, elected officials or leaders should be using that type of terminology.'" (Ryan Reilly, "Bernie Sanders: 'We All Knew' What Hillary Clinton Meant By 'Super-Predators'," The Huffington Post, 4/10/16)

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Sanders Said Clinton's Use Of The Term "Super Predators" Was "Racist" And Said "Everybody Knew It Was A Racist Term." "Bernie Sanders slammed his rival's 1996 use of the term 'super predators' Thursday evening, calling it 'racist' on stage at the Democratic debate in Brooklyn. Asked why Sanders had criticized Bill Clinton's defense of his wife use of the phrase 'super predators,' Sanders responded: 'Because it was a racist term and everybody knew it was a racist term.'" (Reena Flores, "Bernie Sanders Slams Clinton's 'Racist' 1996 Super Predators Comment," CBS News, 4/14/16)

CBS News Headline: "Bernie Sanders Slams Clinton's 'Racist' 1996 Super Predators Comment" (CBS News, 4/14/16)


Sanders Has Criticized Clinton For Voting "For Virtually Every Trade Agreement That Has Cost The Workers Of This Country Millions Of Jobs." NBC POLITICAL DIRECTOR CHUCK TODD: "So you believe she doesn't have the judgment to be president of the United States?" SEN. SANDERS (D-VT): "Well, when you vote for virtually every trade agreement that has cost the workers of this country millions of jobs, when you support and continue to support fracking, despite the crisis that we have in terms of clean water, and essentially, when you have a super PAC that is raising tens of millions of dollars from every special interest out there, including 15 million from Wall Street, the American people do not believe that that is the kind of president that we need to make the changes in America to protect the working families of this country." ( NBC's "Meet The Press," 4/10/16)

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Sanders Has Attacked Clinton For Supporting NAFTA

Sanders Has Attacked Clinton For Supporting NAFTA. "Appearing before a boisterous crowd here of about 4,500 people in a hockey arena, Sanders touted his long record of opposition to trade deals and said that as first lady Clinton 'thought NAFTA was a good idea' when it was passed in the early 1990s. 'I was right. She was wrong,' Sanders said. 'I understood that American workers should not be forced to compete against desperate people making pennies an hour,' Sanders said. 'I want to see poor people around the world do better, but that does not mean we have to destroy the middle class of this country.'" (John Wagner, "Sanders Knocks Clinton For Supporting NAFTA While First Lady," The Washington Post, 2/23/16)

Sanders Has Attacked Clinton For Supporting TPP

Sanders Has Attacked Clinton For Being "Very Reluctant To Come Out In Opposition" To The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). "He rattled off various trade agreements that Mrs. Clinton backed and that he had opposed. 'On the issue of trade, Secretary Clinton's views and mine are very different,' Mr. Sanders said. He also pointed to Mrs. Clinton's original kind words for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation deal that is one of the Obama administration's key priorities. As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton called it the 'gold standard,' but she came out against it once it was completed in October, six months into her presidential campaign. 'She was very reluctant to come out in opposition,' Mr. Sanders said. 'She is running for president. She concluded it was a good idea to oppose the TPP, and she did.'" (Laura Meckler and Peter Nicholas, "Bernie Sanders And Hillary Clinton Spar Over Trade In Midwest," The Wall Street Journal, 3/3/16)

Sanders Has Accused Clinton Of Being A Potential "Outsourcer-In-Chief" As President

Sanders' Campaign Called Clinton A Potential "Outsourcer-In Chief," Saying She "Has Been A Consistent Advocate Of The Job-Killing Trade Deals" That Have Lost "Almost 5 Million Manufacturing Jobs Over The Last 15 Years." "At a rally on Wednesday former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told those gathered, 'Don't let anybody tell you we can't make anything in America anymore.' What she failed to tell the audience is that she has been a consistent advocate of the job-killing trade deals that have contributed to the loss of nearly 60,000 factories in the United States and almost 5 million manufacturing jobs over the last 15 years." (Press Release, "Hillary Clinton: Outsourcer-In-Chief," Bernie 2016, 3/3/16)


Sanders Has Criticized Clinton For Her Stance On Fracking, Saying His Answer On Fracking "Is A Lot Shorter. No I Do Not Support Fracking." QUESTION: "Fracking can lead to environmental pollution including, but not limited to, the contamination of water supply. Do you support fracking?" CNN'S ANDERSON COOPER: "Secretary Clinton?" CLINTON: "You know, I don't support it when any locality or any state is against it, number one. I don't support it when the release of methane or contamination of water is present. I don't support it - number three - unless we can require that anybody who fracks has to tell us exactly what chemicals they are using. So by the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place. And I think that's the best approach, because right now, there places where fracking is going on that are not sufficiently regulated. So first, we've got to regulate everything that is currently underway, and we have to have a system in place that prevents further fracking unless conditions like the ones that I just mentioned are met." COOPER: "Senator Sanders, you…" SEN. SANDERS (D-VT): "My answer - my answer is a lot shorter. No, I do not support fracking. And by the way - by the way, Anderson, I'm glad you raised the issue of climate change, because the media doesn't talk enough about what the scientists are telling us, and that is, if we don't get our act together, the planet that we're going to leave our children may not be healthy and habitable." (Bernie Sanders, Remarks At The CNN Democratic Primary Debate , Flint, MI, 3/6/16)

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Sanders Attacked 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)

  • Sanders Said That Because Clinton Does Not Support A Total Fracking Ban, She "Continue[s] To Support Fracking." NBC NEWS' POLITICAL DIRECTOR CHUCK TODD: "So you believe she doesn't have the judgment to be president of the United States?" SANDERS: "Well, when you vote for virtually every trade agreement that has cost the workers of this country millions of jobs, when you support and continue to support fracking, despite the crisis that we have in terms of clean water, and essentially, when you have a super PAC that is raising tens of millions of dollars from every special interest out there, including 15 million from Wall Street, the American people do not believe that that is the kind of president that we need to make the changes in America to protect the working families of this country." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 4/14/16)


    At An April Debate, Sanders Attacked Clinton Over Her Minimum Wage Stance, Saying That She Has Not Consistently Supporting A $15 Minimum Wage. CNN'S WOLF BLITZER: "If you're both screaming at each other, the viewers won't be able to hear either of you." SEN. SANDERS (D-VT): "OK." BLITZER: "So please..." SANDERS: "I will..." BLITZER: "…don't talk over each other." SANDERS: "I believe I was..." BLITZER: "Go ahead." SANDERS: "…responding. All right? When this campaign began, I said that we got to end the starvation minimum wage of $7.25, raise it to $15. Secretary Clinton said let's raise it to $12. There's a difference. And, by the way, what has happened is history has outpaced Secretary Clinton, because all over this country, people are standing up and they're saying $12 is not good enough, we need $15 an hour." CLINTON: "OK." BLITZER: "Go ahead, Secretary. Secretary?" SANDERS: "And suddenly..." BLITZER: "Secretary, go ahead." SANDERS: "To suddenly..." CLINTON: "Thank you. Thank you very much." SANDERS: "To suddenly announce now that you're for $15, I don't think is quite accurate." (Sen Bernie Sanders, Remarks At The CNN Democrat Debate, Brooklyn, NY, 4/15/16)

  • Sanders' Said Clinton "Has Confused A Lot Of People" With Her Shifting Position On Minimum Wage. SEN. SANDERS (D-VT): "I think the secretary has confused a lot of people. I don't know how your there for the 'fight for 15,' when you say you want a $12 an hour national minimum wage. Now, in fact there is an effort, Patty Murray has introduced legislation for $12 minimum wage, that's good. I introduced legislation for $15 an hour minimum wage, which is better and ultimately what we have got to determine is after a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the ton tenth of 1%, when millions of people are working longer hours I think we have to be clear, not equivocate, $15 an hour minimum wage in 50 states in this country as soon as possible." (Sen. Bernie Sanders, Democratic Debate, Brooklyn, New York, 4/14/16)

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  • Earlier In The Debate, Clinton Said She Would Sign A $15 An Hour Federal Minimum Wage Bill If She Were Presented With One As President. CNN'S WOLF BLITZER: "You stood on the stage with Governor Cuomo in support of new legislation to raise New York's minimum wage to $15 an hour, but you do not support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. As president, if a democratic congress put a $15 minimum wage bill on your desk, would you sign it?" CLINTON: "Of course I would. I have supported the 'fight for 15.' I'm proud to have the endorsement of most of the unions that have led the 'fight for 15.' I was proud to stand on the stage with Governor Cuomo, with SEIU, and others who have been leading this, and I will work as hard as I can to raise the minimum wage. I always have. I supported that when I was in the senate, but what I have also said is we've got to be smart about it. Just the way Governor Cuomo was here in New York. If you look at it, we moved more quickly to 15 in New York City, more deliberately toward 12, 12.50, upstate, then to 15. That is exactly my position, it's a model for the nation. That's what I will do as president. Go as quickly as possible to get to 15." (Hillary Clinton, Democratic Debate, Brooklyn, New York, 4/14/16)

    Clinton Previously Claimed To Support A $15 Wage For Some Areas, Such As New York City, But Has Said That Figure "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. She said she supported the recent move by the wage board of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to recommend a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers in that state. But she has also said such a level may not be appropriate nationally." (Dave Jamieson, "Hillary Clinton Voices Support For $12 Minimum Wage, But Balks At $15," The Huffington Post, 7/30/15)

  • In Remarks On The Minimum Wage Clinton Has Said "What You Can Do In L.A. Or In New York May Not Work In Other Places." "'I think part of the reason that the Congress and very strong Democratic supporters of increasing the minimum wage are trying to debate and determine what's the national floor is because there are different economic environments. And what you can do in L.A. or in New York may not work in other places.'" (Kyle Blaine, "Hillary Clinton Declines To Support A National $15 Minimum Wage," BuzzFeed, 7/16/15)


    Sanders Stated That A Single Payer System Represents What His "Campaign Is All About" At A Democratic Primary Debate. "'That's what our campaign is about, it is thinking big,' Sanders said at a primary debate earlier this month. Accomplishing goals like implementing single-payer health care (or 'Medicare for all') is dependent on reducing the influence of big corporations, he argued. 'Nothing real will get [done] unless we have a political revolution where millions of people finally stand up.'" (Stephanie Condon, "Hillary Clinton: Single-Payer Health Care Will "Never, Ever" Happen," CBS, 1/29/16)

    Clinton Responded That Sanders Was Not Being Realistic And A Single Payer System Would "Never, Ever Come To Pass." "She added, 'People who have health emergencies can't wait for us to have a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass.'" (Stephanie Condon, "Hillary Clinton: Single-Payer Health Care Will "Never, Ever" Happen," CBS, 1/29/16)


    Sanders Attacked Hillary Clinton For Choosing Personal Political Gain Over The Civil Liberties Of The LGBT Community. MSNBC'S RACHEL MADDOW: "You have been remarkably consistent in your policy positions over the years, also your style, you have as far as I can tell in 35 years in public office never have run a negative ad against an opponent. I can find no instances of you even saying anything particularly nasty or sharp tongued about an opponent but you are drawing a sharp contrast here." SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (D-VT) "I am. And the reason that I am is I think its important for voters in the democratic primary process to understand one very important fact. Yes it is a good idea that recently for example that Hillary Clinton has decided to oppose the TPP, Trans-Pacific Partnership. That's Great, I am glad she did that. Well, I have been opposed to those disastrous trade deals from day one. I am glad that Hillary Clinton has no come onboard and said she is against the Keystone Pipeline. Well you know what, if you take climate change seriously, and you understand the cataclysmic impact that it will have on this planet it's a no brainer, I have been against it since day one. Everybody knows that. And then we get to this issue of DOMA. Here was my point, it was a simple point. I have had in many years in politics have had to make tough votes. And as you just indicated, the times then were very, very different. We had a lot of homophobia, you know right wing republican leadership clearly trying to push this anti-gay legislation. And it bothered me to hear Secretary Clinton say what DOMA was really about was intended to prevent something worse. That just wasn't true, it wasn't true. And I think if you hear today what many of the gay activists are saying they will concur with me. Hillary Rosen, who you know, and she is a supporter of Secretary Clinton she said, 'Bernie Sanders is right. Note to my friends Bill and Hillary, please stop saying DOMA was to prevent something worse, it wasn't, I was there.' So my only point there was that was a tough vote, it really was. And there were a lot of decent people who in there hearts wanted to vote no and voted yes for political reasons." (Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, 10/27/15)

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    Sanders Blames Clinton's Libya Intervention For Encouraging Extremism. "Bernie Sanders has accused Hillary Clinton of encouraging Islamic extremism in Libya, in a prelude to a Democratic debate on Saturday during which he is expected to go on the attack for the first time over the unintended consequences of the former secretary of state's more interventionist foreign policy. Speaking to the Guardian in an extensive pre-debate interview, the senator from Vermont criticised Clinton for carelessly fomenting regime change in Libya 'without worrying' about the ensuing instability that has helped Islamic State forces take hold in the country." (Dan Roberts, "Sanders: Clinton's Pursuit Of 'Regime Change' In Libya Helped Rise Of Isis," The Guardian , 12/18/15)

    Sanders Draws Sharp Contrast Between Hillary Clinton's Hawkish Views On Foreign Policy And His More Liberal Tendencies. THE GUARDIAN'S DAN ROBERTS: "Your campaign pulled an advert the other day that was specifically linking Hillary Clinton to Wall Street. A lot of people appreciate your desire not to go negative personally, but do you need to do more to delineate the differences between you and Secretary Clinton?" SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (D-VT): "My view is that in terms of foreign policy, regime change without worrying about what happens the day after you get rid of the dictator does not make a lot of sense. I voted against the war in Iraq; helped lead the war against the war in Iraq. God, I only wish that I had been successful in stopping that war that given all that has happened since with the rise of Isis and so forth. Secretary Clinton voted for that war. She was proud to have been involved in regime change in Libya, with Gaddafi, without worrying I think about what happened the day after and the kind of instability and the rise of Isis that we have seen in Libya." (Dan Roberts, "Sanders: Clinton's Pursuit Of 'Regime Change' In Libya Helped Rise Of Isis," The Guardian, 12/18/15)

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    At An April Debate, Sanders Attacked Clinton For Not Answering A Question On Whether She Supported Lifting The Cap On Taxable Income For Social Security. CNN'S WOLF BLITZER: "Secretary, let's talk about Social Security, another critically important issue. Senator Sanders has challenged you to give a clear answer when it comes to extending the life of Social Security and expanding benefits. Are you prepared to lift the cap on taxable income, which currently stands at $118,500? Yes or no, would you lift the cap?" CLINTON: "I have said repeatedly, Wolf, I am going to make the wealthy pay into Social Security to extend the Social Security Trust Fund. That is one way. If that is the way that we pursue, I will follow that. But there are other ways. We should be looking at taxing passive income by wealthy people. We should be looking at taxing all of their investment. But here's the real issue, because I - I've heard this, I've seen the reports of it. I have said from the very beginning, we are going to protect Social Security. I was one of the leaders in the fight against Bush when he was trying to privatize Social Security. But we also, in addition to extending the Trust Fund, which I am absolutely determined to do, we've got to help people who are not being taken care of now. And because Social Security started in the 1930s, a lot of women have been left out and left behind. And it's time that we provide more benefits for widows, divorcees, for caregivers, for women who deserve more from the Social Security..." BLITZER: "Thank you, Secretary." CLINTON: "…system and that will be my highest priority." BLITZER: "Senator? Go ahead, Senator." SANDERS: "An interesting comment, but you didn't answer the question." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The CNN Democrat Debate, Brooklyn, NY, 4/15/16)

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  • Sanders And Clinton "Argued Over One Another," With Sanders Challenging Clinton To Definitively Say She Backed Raising The Payroll Tax Cap. "The two argued over one another, with Clinton claiming she had answered the question and Sanders shooting back: 'What's wrong with it, are you prepared to support it?' 'I have supported it,' Clinton said. 'We are in vigorous agreement here, senator. We're having a discussion about the best way to raise money from wealthy people to extend the Social Security trust fund. Think about what the other side wants to do. They're calling Social Security a Ponzi scheme and want to privatize it. … We both want to make sure Social Security is vibrant and well-funded.' Sanders bragged that he drew Clinton over to his side on the issue. 'If that's the case, welcome on board. I'm glad you're here,' the Vermont senator said." (Jonathan Easley, "Sanders Presses Clinton On Social Security Plan," The Hill, 4/14/16)

  • Sanders Continued To Press After Clinton Equivocated, "Leaving Room For Interpretation" Whether She Actually Did Support Lifting The Cap. "But Clinton seemed to equivocate, leaving room for interpretation as to whether she supports Sanders's proposal. 'Maybe I'm a little confused,' he shot back. 'Are you or are not supporting lifting the cap on taxable income?' Clinton said Congress should look into taxing 'passive income' of wealthy individuals. 'I have said yes, we're going to pick the best way or combination of ways,' the former secretary of State said, to which Sanders threw up his hands." (Jonathan Easley, "Sanders Presses Clinton On Social Security Plan," The Hill, 4/14/16)

    Throughout The Campaign Clinton Has "Openly Mused About Lifting The Cap On Income Subjected To Social Security Taxes," But Has Not Given A Firm Stance. "Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that new revenue was needed to shore up Social Security and openly mused about lifting the cap on income subjected to Social Security taxes, a position championed by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont." (Patrick Healy, "Hillary Clinton Says Some Americans Might Have To Pay More Into Social Security," The New York Times , 1/27/16)

  • Clinton Has Not Made Distinctions About What Income Thresholds Would Qualify For The Increased Social Security Tax Cap Or What Incomes Would Qualify For The Raised Tax Cap. "Mrs. Clinton has held the position that she would consider Social Security taxes on the wealthiest Americans, saying she might target 'some of their income above the current Social Security cap,' according to her campaign website. While she did not make the distinctions about the wealthy or 'some' income on Tuesday, a campaign spokesman said her position remains the same as stated on the campaign website." (Patrick Healy, "Hillary Clinton Says Some Americans Might Have To Pay More Into Social Security," The New York Times , 1/27/16)


    Sanders Said Clinton's Support For Philadelphia's Soda Tax Violates Her Pledge Not To Raise Tax On Middle-Class Americans, Saying A Soda Tax Would Be Placed "On The Backs Of The Poorest People" In The City. "Speaking of Mayor Jim Kenney's proposal to tax soda and juice drinks to pay for universal pre-school, Sanders said he shares the mayor's goal of providing child care. The senator differed with the mayor and Clinton over how to pay for the proposal. 'I do have a serious disagreement with how you fund this. You don't have to fund child care on the backs of the poorest people in this city. That is a regressive way to raise funds.' Breaking her own pledge to oppose any new taxes on those making less than $250,000 a year, Clinton earlier this week supported the tax that would hurt the poorest people in Philadelphia." (Press Release, "Sanders Addresses Philadelphia Panel On A Moral Economy," Bernie Sanders 2016, 4/22/16)

    Sanders Called The Tax "Regressive" And Said The Tax Could End Up Costing Low-Income Families "A Lot Of Money." QUESTION: "Thank you senator. Thank you. So, we want to go local here to Philadelphia here for a moment. Mayor Kenney recently introduced a plan to provide universal pre-school to all four-year-olds in Philadelphia. We think that's a great idea. It's a great idea is it not? We want our kids to start school earlier, get their education (inaudible). But, to pay for this, he wants to put a tax on soda, that would disproportionately low-income and middle-class Philadelphians. What are your thoughts on this? And does this sound like a moral issue to you?" SANDERS: "Well, here's' what it sounds like. I absolutely agree with the mayor that we need a revolution, as I mentioned earlier, in child care and pre-K. Too many kids are in inadequate child care centers, where the instructors don't have the training or the background to provide the quality care those kids need. No argument, I would go further than the mayor. I think this is a right, not just for four-year-olds, but for all of our children. But I do have a serious disagreement with how you fund this. When you have massive income and wealth inequality, when 58 percent of all new income generated today is going to the top 1 percent, you don't have to fund child care on the backs of the poorest people in this city. That is a regressive way to raise funds. Now I also note, and I'm not going to argue with anybody, we have an obesity problem in this country, I don't want kids getting hooked up on sugar, I agree with that as well. So let's deal with that issue, let's get kids off of sugar, let's make sure that we have the best child care system in the world in America. And I will fight for that as President, but you don't do it through regressive taxation. Now you can talk about getting a 12 ounce bottle of soda, that's like 30 or 40 cent tax on that bottle of soda. At five bottles, bottle a day, that's two bucks a week for a low-income family, that's a lot of money. That's a lot of money. So again, the goal is, the right goal, but the method and the approach and the raising funds is the wrong way to do it in my view." (Sen. Bernie Sanders, Remarks At A Campaign Event, Philadelphia, PA, 4/22/16)

    At An April Campaign Event, Clinton Endorsed Mayor Jim Kenney's Proposed 3-Cents An Ounce Soda Tax. CLINTON: "We obviously have to do a whole lot more to avoid what they call the 'school to prison pipeline' and replace it with a 'cradle to college pipeline' and that really starts early, and it starts early with working with families, working with kids, building up community resources. I'm very supportive of the mayor's proposal to tax soda to get universal preschool for kids. I mean I don't, you know, we need universal preschool, and if that's a way to do it, that's how we should do it." (Hillary Clinton, Roundtable In Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 4/20/16)

    Clinton Pledged "Not To Raise Taxes On Families Making Under $250,000 A Year." MUIR: "This is fun, this is democracy at work. And Secretary Clinton, let me ask you about your tax plan because from the crushing cost of college education the next question most families have is will my taxes go up under the next President? You have said it's your goal not to raise taxes on families making under $250,000 a year, a goal, but can you say that's a promise as you stand here tonight?" CLINTON: "That is a pledge that I'm making…" (Hillary Clinton, Democratic Primary Debate, Manchester, New Hampshire, 12/19/15)

    By Endorsing A Soda Tax, Clinton Was Endorsing A "Very Regressive Tax That Falls More On The Poor." "A tax on sugary soft drinks, like the one proposed in Philadelphia and endorsed by Mrs. Clinton this week, divides the left. It can be seen as achieving an admirable public health goal of less sugar consumption or as a very regressive tax that falls more on the poor than the rich, since the poor tend to drink more soda." (Margot Sanger-Katz, "A New Policy Disagreement Between Clinton And Sanders: Soda Taxes," The New York Times , 4/22/16)


    Sanders Called Bill Clinton's Sex Scandals "Totally, Totally, Totally Disgraceful And Unacceptable." "'I hear what you're saying,' Sanders responded. 'Hillary Clinton is not Bill Clinton. What Bill Clinton did, I think we can all acknowledge was totally, totally, totally disgraceful and unacceptable.'" (Lisa Hagen, "Sanders: Bill Clinton's Scandals 'Totally Disgraceful,'" The Hill , 1/8/16)

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