Sanders goes hard on Clinton, after last week’s events, debate success …

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Bernie Sanders laughs at the suggestion that he’s a sexist for saying that Hillary Clinton was ‘shouting about gun violence’.

Bernie Sanders simply laughed at the idea that he’s sexist – something Hillary Clinton has suggested in recent days pointing to a remark he made during the first Democratic debate when he said she was ‘shouting’ about gun control. ‘I’ve been told to stop, and I quote, “shouting about gun violence.” Well, first of all, I’m not shouting. 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.Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton might oppose the outsourcing of American jobs — but she was happy to hand over some of her own tasks to an A-list ringer: The former secretary of state enlisted Katy Perry to run her Instagram account ahead of a campaign rally on Saturday featuring a performance by the pop star. 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. Perry, who knows a thing or two about social media (she has got 30.2 million followers to Clinton’s 419,000), grammed selfies of the two women together, a shot of her campaign-themed manicure, and a pic of a gift she presented Clinton: a blingy gold necklace that reads “POTUS.”

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. 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.

He argued that he has been a man of conviction prepared to upend the system while also implying that she is a political weather vane, cautious and probably in the pocket of the political establishment. That’s not the case.’ On Friday, Clinton went on Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC and said that her husband signed DOMA because ‘there was enough political momentum to amend the Constitution of the United States of America and that there had to be some way to stop that.’ ‘Well, I think the history of that is pretty clear. 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. View Archive His overall thesis was correct, at least on the issues that he chose to highlight: Sanders took positions that may not have been popular at the time but are today.

But he also implicitly criticized her delayed opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership international trade deal, her vote as a New York senator in favor of the Iraq war and her support of the Defense of Marriage Act during husband Bill Clinton’s administration. “I hear Donald Trump when he says we have to make America great again,” said Clinton, who leads Sanders nationally by about 20 points. “America is great — we just have to make it fair and just.” President Obama, who won the 2008 Democratic nomination and his White House bid, previously suggested that Clinton was motivated by polls and triangulation. 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.”

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. Sanders said. “I certainly do not have a problem with women speaking out, and I think what the secretary is doing there is taking words and misapplying them.”

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. 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 is obvious: If he and Clinton now agree on many of the issues the senator from Vermont highlighted Saturday, will Democratic voters reward him just because he got there first? Sanders appeared to be channeling President Obama’s speech at the same dinner in 2007, when the then-senator drew a sharp contrast with Clinton, but Sanders did it without the uplifting and aspirational parts of Obama’s message. Clinton arrived in Iowa, accompanied by her husband, former president Bill Clinton, and aided by singer Katy Perry, after two of the best weeks of her campaign. But by the time of Saturday’s dinner, Clinton had calmed the nerves of many Democrats and appeared to have regained some of the momentum lost during the summer, with poll numbers rising in some of the early states.

That’s what the last two weeks were.” Senior Sanders adviser Tad Devine attributed Clinton’s improved poll numbers to the millions of dollars her campaign has spent on advertising in Iowa and New Hampshire. Devine said the campaign has simply reached the point where Sanders has to draw contrasts that he had not done before. “We need to simplify this race and make it clear to voters that there are real differences between Hillary and Bernie and those differences revolve around issues that are important to the voters,” he said. O’Malley’s strong rhetoric has not translated into greater support — something that puzzles many Democrats, who wonder whether it’s because Sanders occupied the territory before O’Malley had a chance to get there.

Obama’s 2007 speech gave his campaign a badly needed jolt of energy that eventually resulted in his caucus victory over Clinton, who finished third.

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