Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders got so much heat for proclaiming that Hillary Clinton is “not qualified” to be president that he attempted to retract the statement. Despite that, however, Sanders continued to question Hillary’s judgment as well as her history and track record in a recent discussion, noted CBS News.
“Well, we were attacked pretty harshly by the Clinton campaign who suggested that I was not qualified,” he pointed out on Face the Nation. “We responded by saying you know what, a candidate who receives an enormous amount of money from special interests, a candidate who voted for the war in Iraq, a candidate who voted for virtually every disastrous trade policy which has cost us millions of jobs, well you know what? Maybe her judgment is not quite as high as it should be.”
Sanders repeatedly attacked Clinton, but his harshest comment came when he was addressing her supporters.
“I don’t believe that she is qualified,” he declared.
Subsequently, however, he attempted to downplay the slam, adding that “of course” her qualifications to reign as president exist.
To change the topic, Sanders sought to underline his respect for Clinton but asked for a true debate.
“I want to get away from this stuff,” he insisted. “I respect Hillary Clinton, I’ve known her for 25 years — what I want is a debate on the real issues.”
As for whether he can endure, Sanders pointed to his victories and stayed positive.
“There is no question, I think, that we have the momentum…. I am feeling really great and I believe that we have a real path to victory and at the end of the day we’re going to win this.”
In addition, Sanders made a prediction about the convention.
“You’re going to see a lot of delegates wanting to beat Trump and saying, ‘You know, maybe Bernie is the guy to do that,'” he declared.
As for Clinton, Sanders focused his criticism on her previous actions, reported the New York Times.
As evidence that Clinton is not qualified when it comes to her judgment, Sanders listed her vote for the war in Iraq, her “super PAC” that drew from Wall Street, and her support for trade deals that resulted in jobs going overseas.
“She may have the experience to be president of the United States…But in terms of her judgment, something is clearly lacking.”
Moreover, Clinton took aim at Sanders, criticizing him for not doing his “homework” about regulations on Wall Street. He fired right back.
“Let me just say in response to Secretary Clinton, I don’t believe that she is qualified if she is, through her ‘super PAC,’ taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds,” declared Sanders.
With celebrity endorsements getting increasing attention, the support that Sanders has received from Sarah Silverman offers insights about why Clinton hasn’t completely won over many female voters, noted Bustle.
With more than eight million Twitter followers, Silverman began backing Bern in summer of 2015. As to why it is significant? Silverman initially supported Clinton. And Sarah was candid about why she shifted from Team Hillary to Team Bernie.
“This isn’t an anti-Hillary thing,” emphasized Silverman. “An alternative came along.”
Sarah was candid in revealing her switch.
“Hillary was my choice before Bernie came along,” declared Silverman.
As for why Sarah changed? Silverman pointed at campaign funding, bringing up the super PACs just as her new favorite candidate did.
“[Clinton] takes money from super PACs, as most candidates do, as Obama did before her,” clarified Silverman. “I accepted it as a necessary evil. As the way it was. If all the ball players are taking steroids, then you have to take steroids too in order to compete.”
But that acceptance vanished when Silverman noted the difference in how the man who turned out to be her preferred candidate began to compete.
“Not only is he not for sale, this guy is running on reversing Citizens United, breaking up the banks, and holding the billionaire class accountable for paying their fair share of taxes,” asserted Silverman.
In addition, Silverman praised Sanders for what she sees as his authentic values. While Hillary has been attacked for following trends and siding with issues only after the general public seems to favor them, Silverman says she’s giving her support to the candidate who she feels is honest in choosing his issues.
“He’s been on the right side of history at every turn — not along with history, not when it becomes popular, but before it’s popular,” emphasized Silverman.
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