Bernie Sanders launched into a fresh series of offensives against fellow Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton during the weekend, saying the former Secretary of State is getting a “little bit nervous” two days before the Tuesday primaries.
In an interview with CNN‘s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” the Vermont senator said that Clinton is beginning to understand that the momentum that Sanders’ campaign has been able to build over the last few days might help him win a number of states come Tuesday.
“I think she understands that the momentum in this campaign and the energy is with us, and that we have a good chance to win a number of states on Tuesday.”
Sanders also went on to quash Clinton’s accusations that he was nowhere to be seen when she, as the first lady of the then president Bill Clinton, was trying to push for a universal health care.
At an event on Saturday, Clinton asked her political compatriot why he had been absent during the early part of the 1990s when she was trying to stand up against the pharmaceutical and insurance lobbies in Washington.
“I always get a little chuckle when I hear my opponent talking about doing it. Well, I don’t know where he was when I was trying to get health care in ’93 and ’94, standing up the insurance companies, standing up against the drug companies,” Hillary Clinton said.
Before Sanders or his campaign could respond to Clinton’s accusations, however, the Internet came up with an answer.
— mike casca (@cascamike) March 12, 2016
Another problem w/ Clinton ?ing where Sanders was in 93 on healthcare: This had written thank you she wrote him. pic.twitter.com/XqRnIoeOym
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) March 12, 2016
Having said that, Bernie Sanders reiterated that he wouldn’t drop his push to replace the current health insurance system — which has been an important issue of his campaign — with a single-payer Medicare-for-all system. “I believe, as I’ve said throughout this campaign, that health care is a right of all people,” he said.
Sanders also went on to attack Clinton over the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was signed into law in December 1993 by Bill Clinton.
“The facts are that Hillary Clinton has vigorously supported almost every piece of disastrous trade legislation. I have opposed those pieces of legislation, helped lead the opposition to them, because I understood that American workers should not be forced to compete with people in Mexico, people in China that are making pennies on the dollar.”
Added to Clinton’s mistimed attacks on Bernie Sanders about his “non-existent” role in pushing for universal healthcare in the 1990s, Clinton also seems to have made a habit of uttering distorted facts during recent events, which provided the Vermont senator another opportunity to attack her.
Sanders said that Clinton’s comments about former first lady Nancy Reagan, who died this week, as being someone who addressed HIV/AIDS and brought the subject out into public discourse in America, were completely off the mark.
“I’m not quite sure where Secretary Clinton got her information. I’m glad she apologized. But the truth is it wasn’t President Reagan and Nancy Reagan who were leaders in talking about this issue.”
It remains to be seen if Bernie Sanders is fair in his assessment about his campaign having enough momentum to help him big win on Tuesday, but if he does manage to pull off unlikely wins, Hillary Clinton could certainly begin to get a little nervous.
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