Speaking on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation,’ Sen. Bernie Sanders admitted that he is “a little bit tired of being beaten up,” in reference to what he called “negativity” on the part of his rival, Hillary Clinton. He told this to the show’s moderator, John Dickerson, who quoted the New York Times’ description of the Democratic debate on April 14 as “ferocious.”
Sanders differed with the description, saying “Ferocious, I’m not quite sure what that word means,” adding, “I think what has happened is that I have become a little bit tired of being beaten up by the negativity of the Clinton campaign. And we’re responding in kind. Look, the differences that we have in how we raise money — she has super PACs and raises whole lot of money from Wall Street and other powerful special interests.”
Indeed, some of Sanders’ supporters appeared to demonstrate their agreement with Sanders over contributions to Clinton’s campaign that are coming from some of the “millionaires and billionaires” he has often said are unduly influencing political outcomes. In California yesterday, for instance, supporters of the Sanders campaign showered 1000 dollars in singles on Clinton’s motorcade as she drove to a campaign event in Hollywood.
During his conversation with Dickerson, Sanders sought to further distinguish himself from Clinton on issues such as the war in Iraq (which she supported), natural gas extraction, and “breaking up banks.” “The broader critique is, after Wall Street’s greed and illegal behavior destroyed our economy and drove us into a major recession, in my view, the proper response, and the response of many economists and many Americans, is, look, these people are running a fraudulent operation.”
Sanders repeated his condemnations of Clinton’s fundraising while appearing ABC’s ‘This Week With George Stephanopoulos.’ Questioning whether big-ticket fundraisers should characterized the Democratic Party he asked, “The issue is, what is the future of the Democratic Party?”
Continuing to muse, Sanders said “How does raising money and the way you raise money reflect that future?” Sanders praised his own fundraising, which has raised an average of $27 from individual donors. “We have done it very differently,” he said, while claiming he has received seven million individual campaign contributions. “That is kind of the difference between the way we do politics,” Sanders said. “I’m trying to set a high bar. I’m trying to be a leader.” Sanders sought to show a disparity between Clinton's acceptance of SuperPAC funding and her assertions that she represents the interests of working class Americans.
Sanders hopes to defeat the Clinton juggernaut tomorrow. The most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal shows that he trails Clinton by 17 points. “I hope, by the way, we're going to do better than the polls indicate here,” he said.
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.