Bernie Sanders is back on the campaign trail and attacking Hillary Clinton with renewed vigor, attacks that are expected to continue at a rally in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, that will stream live online Friday morning as Sanders continues to wage his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination against odds that appear longer than ever after his double-digit defeat in the New York primary.
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Despite calls from Democratic legislators, including outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, for Sanders to ease up on his personal attacks against Clinton and return to the issues-oriented campaign that he appeared happy to run at the beginning of the current presidential election cycle, Sanders again lashed out at the former Secretary of State at a rally in Reading, Pennsylvania, on Thursday.
Sanders revived his now familiar sarcastic riff on Hillary Clinton’s speeches to Wall Street executives, speeches for which Clinton received fees well into the six figures. Sanders, as he has at numerous rallies previously, delighted the Reading crowd by telling them that Clinton should release transcripts of her speeches.
“Now, I kind of think if you’re going to get $225,000 for a speech, it must be a brilliant, insightful, world-shattering speech, don’t you think?” Sanders remarked to the Reading crowd with dripping sarcasm — repeating a line he has used on many prior occasions.
“It must be a speech that would probably solve all of the crises facing our planet and then some. And it was probably written in Shakespearean prose. And I think a speech of that extraordinary magnitude should be shared with the American people.”
Of course, six-figure fees are not uncommon for celebrity speakers, with one study showing that over 100 speakers of lesser stature than Clinton regularly receive fees in the $200,000 range — including singer Lady Gaga and TV personality Larry The Cable Guy.
Watch a full replay of the Bernie Sanders speech in Reading, Pennsylvania, in the video below.
To watch a live stream of the Bernie Sanders Gettysburg College rally on Friday, April 22, click on the following video. The rally is scheduled to get underway at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time, 8:30 a.m. Pacific.
At the Gettysburg rally, Sanders will be accompanied by Hawaii congressional representative Tulsi Gabbard, who in February became the most prominent sitting member of Congress to endorse Bernie Sanders.
Sanders is expected to attack Clinton in Gettysburg over her use of Super PACs as a fundraising technique, another familiar line of attack that he revived in his Reading rally speech.
While Sanders has a policy of not using Super PACs — though the National Nurses United Super PAC has spent $3 million to support Sanders during the campaign — he has regularly outspent Clinton. In fact, in New York Sanders spent $6.8 million on television advertisements, a full $3 million more than shelled out by the Clinton campaign.
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Clinton-related Super PACs largely stayed out of the New York race — but Clinton ended up winning anyway in a 16-point landslide, and polling nearly 300,000 more votes than Sanders, even though according to media tracking data, the Bernie Sanders campaign spent about $9 for every vote the 74-year-old Vermont senator received in the state where he was born and grew up.
In fact, newly released records show that while Sanders continues to raise money from mostly small donors at an incredible rate, he spends money at an even more astonishing pace.
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In the month of March alone, the records show, the Sanders campaign took in an extraordinary $46 million. But in March, Sanders also spent roughly that same amount – about $46 million.
Hillary Clinton raised $29.3 million in March, spending $32.3 million — but she still ended the month with more cash in the bank than Bernie Sanders. Clinton had $29 million cash on hand at the end of March, $12 million more than Sanders.
One big expense for the Bernie Sanders campaign is his stream of mega-rallies, such as the Friday rally in Gettysburg. While Clinton focuses mainly on scaled-down events discussing specific issues with smaller groups of voters, the trademark Sanders rally in an arena, convention center or even, on one occasion, a baseball stadium, can cost big bucks. In February alone, Bernie Sanders spent $1.6 million just to rent out rally venues.
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