Bernie Sanders isn’t changing his tune on Clinton emails

6 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bernie Sanders isn’t so tired of Hillary Clinton’s “damn emails” after all.

Vermont Sen. That’s the implication in a new Wall Street Journal interview published late Wednesday night in which Sanders appears to want another crack at Clinton’s private email server – even after he dismissed the controversy in the first Democratic debate.We are told Bernie Sanders, the 74-year-old “democratic socialist” challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, is taking the proverbial gloves off and going after the front-runner more aggressively.

Bernie Sanders treated a sardine-crowded press corps in New Hampshire’s capitol building to a moment’s mischief on Thursday, as he set his sights on defeating former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary election. In the interview, Sanders said there are “valid questions” questions about her email usage, and seemed to walk back his comments at the debate. “You get 12 seconds to say these things,” he said of the debate. “There’s an investigation going on right now. I did not say, ‘End the investigation.’” The tone of the interview, including a mention of Clinton’s “character,” drew immediate attention — including from the Clinton campaign — as a potential major shift for Sanders, who has said he would not attack Clinton personally. “It’s disappointing Senator Sanders and his campaign strategists have chosen to change direction and engage in the type of personal attacks that they previously said he wouldn’t do,” said Clinton spokesperson Josh Schwerin, pointing to Sanders’ comment on Clinton’s character. The senator from Vermont loped across the parking lot from the Capitol to a grassy area called the Swamp on Wednesday afternoon to deliver his latest policy position: a ban on new fossil-fuel development on federal land and in most U.S. waters. “This is a majuh, majuh, majuh planetary crisis,” Sanders said in his famous Brooklyn accent. “We in the United States have got to lead the world.” During the 40-minute event, Sanders spoke about climate-change talks, global-warming science, the Koch brothers, Republican lawmakers and the Obama administration.

But a Sanders campaign aide says that stance on the emails “not new,” pointing to a CNN interview Sanders conducted shortly after the debate in which he said the investigation into her server should “play itself out.” Indeed, he made a similar comment to NBC News at the time. Still, Sanders seems to be making at least a tonal shift on the email controversy, and it comes as he seems to be getting rougher with Clinton in general. Let the investigation proceed unimpeded.’ ‘This has and will remain a campaign about issues for Hillary Clinton, and that’s what she’ll continue to talk about on the trail,’ Hillary spokesman Josh Schwerin told the paper. ‘It’s disappointing Sen. As Clinton has evolved on issues like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that Sanders was always against, and Clinton recently came out against, Sanders remarked that consistency, ‘does speak to the character of a person.’ Wall Street, too, was something Sanders thought he came out ahead of Clinton on. ‘I have been walking the walk, not just talking the talk,’ Sanders said.

Sanders wants to re-implement Glass-Steagall, a Depression era measure that was done away with during President Bill Clinton’s time in office, which keeps commercial and investment banking separated and could have potentially prevented the 2008 crash. ‘People should be suspect of candidates who received large sums of money from Wall Street and then go out and say, “Trust me, I’m going to regulate Wall Street,”‘ Sanders said. During the debate, Clinton attacked Sanders’ position on guns, as she stands to the left politically of him and stands to gain some of his stream of progressive voters. ‘As a senator for a rural state, what I can tell Secretary Clinton, [is[ that all the shouting in the world is not going to do what I would hope all of us want,’ Sanders said. MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked Tuesday if he had any regrets about giving Clinton a pass on emails, he once again tried to strike a tricky balance, saying “No.

At post-debate campaign stops, Clinton started using the line: ‘I’ve been told to stop, and I quote, “shouting about gun violence,”‘ she said. ‘Well, first of all, I’m not shouting. In that sense, he is the opposite of Ted Cruz, who would burn down the Senate or his party’s presidential prospects to elevate himself or to get his way. It’s just when women talk some people think we’re shouting.’ More recently, however, Clinton suggested that by talking about ‘urban’ versus rural views on guns, her rival, who she didn’t name, was adding a racial and maybe even racist element to the conversation. ‘There are some who say that it is an urban problem,’ Clinton stated. ‘Sometimes what they mean by that is: It’s a black problem. The decision about how that reflects on an individual candidate and their character … we are going to let voters make that decision,” she said. “He has never launched a personal attack, he does not do that, Bernie believes campaigns are about issues and the positions candidates take on those issues. His campaign has elevated his liberal issues, changed the conversation within the Democratic Party and forced the likely nominee to take a populist tack.

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