Clinton allies shout ‘sexism’ at Sanders

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Bernie Sanders Meets With Joe Biden on Campaign Issues.

Two candidates nodded to liberalizing standards about marijuana in the United States on Wednesday—one expected, one a little more surprising. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton visits Atlanta on Friday as she tries to maximize her advantage with minority voters over Vermont U.S.

If October proved a pivotal month for Hillary Rodham Clinton, November may be a make-or-break stretch for Bernie Sanders in his quest to topple his well-known Democratic rival. In the latter case, Senator Ted Cruz offered, during the GOP debate, to buy CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla “some famous Colorado brownies.” Meanwhile, across the country in Virginia, Senator Bernie Sanders called for the federal government to lift its prohibition on marijuana.

Bernie Sanders spoke privately with Vice President Joe Biden for an hour Thursday, a meeting that comes at a time when he and other Democratic presidential candidates are trying to lock down the network of party fundraisers and campaign supporters who had been hoping Mr. After filling arenas with fervent supporters over the summer, Sanders now faces a series of hurdles: He is trying to present sharp policy contrasts with Clinton without ceding the high road and going negative.

Though Sanders is sometimes caricatured as an unreconstructed dope-smoking ’60s hippie (and even though his first name is perfect for pot puns), he says he only ever smoked twice, didn’t like it, and didn’t get high. Speaking at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, on Wednesday, Senator Sanders announced his support for states to regulate marijuana as they see fit, The Associated Press reports. “Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use,” Mr.

Sanders also called for reforming the criminal justice system, which he said puts more people in jail than any other country on Earth and makes it harder for Americans to get back on their feet once they’re out of jail. ‘‘A criminal record stays with a person for his or her entire life — until the day he or she dies,’’ Sanders said. ‘‘If a person has a criminal record, it will be much harder for that person later in life to get a job. He’s planning a big speech to explain what he means by democratic socialism, a label that makes some Democrats uncomfortable but captures his political philosophy. And he wants to prove to Democrats he could go the distance. “The campaign right now is really at a crossroads,” Democratic strategist Steve Rosenthal said. “People want to win, and I think the biggest problem for Sanders at this point is convincing the Democratic and progressive communities that it’s not just about raising the issues.” The importance of the coming weeks has not been lost on the Vermont independent senator and his aides, who have switched to a more aggressive critique of Clinton’s record since her strong performance during the first debate. Sanders’ call was hailed by marijuana campaigners, and it’s the strongest statement any presidential candidate in this race has made on the issue. Biden spent months weighing a possible presidential bid, but announced last week in a Rose Garden speech that he doesn’t have enough time to mount a successful campaign and would stay out of the race.

That has got to change.” This is the first time a presidential candidate has supported taking a drug off the federal government’s banned list and leaving the decision to the states. “No other presidential candidate has called for marijuana to be completely removed from the schedule of controlled substances regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration,” The Washington Post notes. The Nielsen company said 14 million viewers watched the debate Wednesday night, down from the 24 million who saw the first contest on Fox News Channel in February and 23 million viewers for CNN’s second contest. As The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham writes, lifting the federal ban on getting lifted would have a major impact on how “cannabusiness” works. This is a shift in position for Sanders, who earlier this year in an interview with Yahoo! said that marijuana is a “gateway drug” that can lead to heroin and cocaine use.

Like baseball umpires, debate moderators are most noticed when something goes wrong, and Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick, and John Harwood were in the spotlight Thursday. But he has a major deficit with black voters who are crucial in South Carolina, which follows New Hampshire on the calendar, and among Latinos who are influential in Nevada, the fourth contest, suggesting he’ll need the first two states to provide him with a sling-shot. Dispensaries and distributors generally can’t get access to banks, even in states where weed is legal, because the banks are wary of falling afoul of federal laws. Southern states with high African-American populations have been seen as a possible firewall for Clinton, and Georgia’s March 1 “SEC Primary” could help shape the race.

The topic has been a key issue on the 2016 presidential campaign trail, and several candidates have expressed a willingness to let states set their own marijuana laws. Individual candidates grumbled and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said the moderators’ performance ‘‘was extremely disappointing.’’ Representatives from all the GOP campaigns plan a private meeting in the next few days to air out complaints about how the debates are being run, said Douglas Watts, a Ben Carson spokesman. Sanders has a past in the civil rights movement but a political career rooted in mostly white Vermont. “We’ve got to begin to build bridges to people now, sooner rather than later,” said Tad Devine, Sanders’ senior adviser. “But a lot of what we’re hoping to do will be premised on early success in Iowa and New Hampshire.” Clinton was helped by a fortuitous sequence of events in October after struggling for months to address her use of a private email system at the State Department.

Her strategy to turn Georgia and other “SEC primary” states into a Southern firewall to halt a Democratic adversary is not without a dose of irony. Even though they’re well within local laws, they have to do all their business in cash, which also makes them susceptible to robbery. (A great Planet Money episode goes into more detail on all the complications.) Marijuana businesses would be able to apply for tax breaks, too. Let’s be honest, is this a comic-book version of a presidential campaign?’’ Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a University of Pennsylvania communications professor and debate expert, said Harwood’s last sentence ruined what could have been a useful question.

The Clintons have a deep well of support in the African-American community, and a CNN poll this month gave her a 50-point lead over Sanders in the critical early-voting state of South Carolina. Before thousands of Iowa Democrats last weekend, Sanders questioned Clinton’s slow path to opposing the Keystone XL pipeline and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and noted that Clinton did not join him in voting against the Iraq war. In some surprising ways, though, de-scheduling weed would just make federal law match the lived reality in many places—after all, recreational use is already permitted in Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska, as well as D.C. To press her advantage even more, she’s announcing a new group — African Americans for Hillary — at her Friday event at Clark Atlanta University. According to a Gallup poll released last week, 58 percent of Americans say that the use of marijuana should be legal, a seven-point year-over-year increase. “Younger Americans, Democrats and independents are the most likely of major demographic and political groups to favor legalizing use of the drug, while Republicans and older Americans are least likely to do so,” Gallup reports.

Sanders said her recent retelling of the events that led her husband, President Bill Clinton, to sign the Defense of Marriage Act — she called it a “defensive action” — was misleading. And if people think Hillary Clinton is that candidate, go for it.” “We’ve always thought that voters would accept that kind of dialogue in a campaign,” Devine said. “If you’re asked about differences you have with your opponent, then you talk about them.” “Going after her is a twofold problem,” said Joe Trippi, who advised ex-Vermont Gov. The Obama Justice Department has essentially said it won’t bother recreational-use states as long as liberalization doesn’t lead to minors getting drugs, widespread violence, and the like. (The Justice Department is the cool RA in your dorm who won’t assert her authority as long as things stay under control.) But that’s not legally binding, so Washington could change its mind at any time.

Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. “It goes against your brand, and you’re attacking someone who is well-liked by her supporters.” “Through no fault of his own, people don’t know what to make of it,” said Gina Glantz, manager of Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential campaign. “They probably hear the socialism and not the democratic.” As of last year, the DEA is also not supposed to be busting medical-marijuana providers, though a federal judge recently reprimanded the agency for doing so anyway. Sanders is often accused of backing radical policies, and he will retort that when Americans are polled on specific issues, majorities tend to agree with him on matters from taxation to family leave.

Sanders, in a statement after the meeting, said, “Under the leadership of President Obama and Vice President Biden, this country has come a long way economically since President Bush left office and we were losing 800,000 jobs every month and the world economy was on the brink of financial collapse.” “Nevertheless, we still have a long way to go to create the kind of economy that works for all Americans and not just the top 1 percent,” Mr.

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