Bernie Sanders sure sounded as if he was running a negative campaign

25 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hillary Clinton brings star power to Jefferson Jackson Dinner.

Bernie Sanders gave his sharpest criticism yet of Hillary Clinton on Saturday night at the Jefferson Jackson dinner, the Iowa Democratic fundraiser that is one of the most important events of the Democratic primary season. Vice-President Joe Biden has discussed his decision not to run for the White House in 2016, which he announced at an emotional Rose Garden press conference this week.

Stumping for Hil! spent the day before her 31st birthday performing at a rally for Hillary Clinton and taking over the presidential hopeful’s Instagram account in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Oct. 24. Bernie Sanders is clearly sharpening his attack on frontrunner Hillary Clinton, with her campaign on Sunday even acknowledging the change amid Clinton’s recent surge. Biden toyed with entering the race for the Democratic nomination for some time, with the process widely reported to be affected heavily – both ways – by the death of his son Beau in May.

The “JJ” dinner is Iowa Democrats’ biggest party of the year, the signal that it’s the final stretch before the first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 1 — as well as the moment when the real fever-pitch campaign activity begins. His Rose Garden speech, delivered with his wife, Jill, and President Obama by his side, contained a forceful defence of the Obama White House record and seemed to many observers to have been adapted from an announcement that he would run on that record, as he advised the three remaining Democratic candidates to do. Front-runner Hillary Clinton arrived for the landmark event in a position of strength, but instead of coasting, unleashed the star power of her husband and pop superstar Katy Perry at a free concert that attracted thousands, then gave a confident, conversational speech to thousands of the party’s most trusty activists. “We need to defend the progress we’ve made under President Obama,” she said. “If you work hard you should be able to get ahead and stay ahead.” And in a dig at her chief rival, Bernie Sanders, she said: “It’s not enough to just rail against Republicans and billionaires. He also vowed “not to abandon any segment of American society whether you’re gay or black or Latino or poor or working class — just because it is politically expedient at a given time.” However, the numbers could move more in Clinton’s direction after last week — when Vice President Biden said he would not seek the 2016 party nomination and she delivered a steady performance before the GOP-led special House committee on the 2012 Benghazi attacks. “I think Bernie Sanders seemed to have a course correction in the [Jefferson Jackson] dinner from one in which he said he wasn’t going to go negative to obviously focus his fire on her,” Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta said on ABC’s “This Week.” Clinton also had a strong Oct. 13 debate performance in which she accused Sanders, a self-described Socialist, of being soft on gun control and was decisive enough to force second-tier candidates Lincoln Chaffee and Jim Webb out of the primary race. We have to win this election.” The Vermont U.S. senator, who is seven points behind Clinton in Iowa, charged hard at her, drawing sharp contrasts on gay rights, trade, Wall Street, super PACs and other issues. “Remember that guy?

But her 2016 bid has been in trouble since March, following revelations that she used a private server and email accounts for official business when secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. I believe we’re going to make history one more time.” In 2007, rising star Barack Obama had lots of ground to make up before the caucuses, and the JJ dinner helped him do it. I believe in equal rights for men, women, pay… Thank you for having me, she’s my firework.” The pop superstar kicked off the day by also taking over Clinton’s Instagram account. I believe we will make history.” The Vermont senator went on to implicitly call out Clinton, noting she had long lagged behind him on a number of progressive causes.

Using no notes, the Illinois U.S. senator delivered a blockbuster speech, peppered bipartisan rhetoric with digs at Clinton, who was running for president for the first time. In the first pic, Perry showed off her manicured nails with Clinton’s signature campaign logo. “Katy Perry here, taking over Hills’ IG today for the rally in Iowa.

In particular, Sanders cited issues such as gay rights, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Iraq war as “the difficult choices” – a subtle reference to Clinton’s memoir Hard Choices – that he has made. Sanders said when Congress voted on the Defense of Marriage Act (Doma) in 1996, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman under federal law, “there was a small minority opposed to discriminating against our gay brothers and sisters.

This time, Clinton presented herself as Obama’s heir, warning Republicans would seek to slash taxes for the wealthy and repeal the president’s signature health care law. “The Hillary Clinton of 2015 is no different than the Hillary Clinton from 2007,” said Republican National Committee spokesman Fred Brown. “Things haven’t changed.” Not everybody held that position in 1996.” While Clinton was not serving in the Senate at the time, she was first lady and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, signed it into law as he faced re-election.

The 2016 Democratic race has been become a two-person affair, but O’Malley, who gets just 2 percent support in Iowa, did his best to grab attention, stressing that he’s about “action, not words.” “While all of the candidates here tonight share progressive values, not all of us have a record of actually getting things done. Sanders said: “It gives me no joy to say that I was largely right about the war.” He added: “I am proud to tell you when I came to that fork in the road I took the right road even though it was not the popular road at the time.” Sanders also went after Clinton’s prolonged hesitation on taking a position on the Keystone XL pipeline, a controversial project which would deliver oil from the Canadian tar sands to ports on the Gulf of Mexico. “If you agree with me about the urgent need to address the issue of climate change, then you would know immediately what to do about the Keystone pipeline,” Sanders said. “Honestly, it wasn’t that complicated.” Perhaps his most pointed criticism of Clinton came when discussing trade. O’Malley said he passed “the most comprehensive gun safety legislation in the nation,” raised the minimum wage, froze college tuition for four years in row and achieved other goals.

In particular, he pointedly described his opposition to the TPP, an agreement which would create a free trade zone between US, Japan and 10 other countries circling the Pacific ocean. Clinton campaign organizers stood in the aisles to orchestrate the Clinton backers, telling them when to cheer and stomp, when to turn on and off their blue glowsticks.

At one point, they led half the audience in yelling “Hill!” and the other half “yes!” Sanders’ bleachers, on the other side of the auditorium, had a hype crew, too. O’Malley had the smallest section of bleachers, but most of the audience gave him a restrained but respectful standing ovation at the end of his speech.

The audience numbered about 6,600, some of whom waited in tightly packed lines in the lobby for more than an hour to get through the security screenings, which included metal detectors and handbag checks. And I will not support it tomorrow.” The speech echoed the remarks that Obama made in 2007 where he pointedly referenced the ambitions of Clinton by saying: “I am not in this race to fulfill some long-held ambitions or because I believe it’s somehow owed to me. We don’t need no pop star!” After some spiritual songs, a drum line and rock music from Jill Sobule and Wayne Kramer, a couple thousand Sanders backers marched across the Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge to the Iowa Events Center. I never expected to be here.” And he argued Democrats have “always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we led, not by polls, but by principle; not by calculation, but by conviction.”

One of his tunes was a version of Johnny Cash’s I’ve Been Everywhere with the normal verses switched for “I’ve been to Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa …” This cycle is bound to be “a close and complicated contest,” but Clinton will prevail, Plouffe predicted. Sanders might be a juggernaut in places with big liberal populations like Johnson and Story counties, but “I think she will be strong in every every precinct in the state,” he said.

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