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Bernie Says ‘There Are Many Areas I Could Have Attacked Hillary Clinton On’ Then Lists Them

During an extensive interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Wednesday, independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders confronted the criticism that his poll numbers against Donald Trump are the result of the blistering attacks that Hillary Clinton has faced on two fronts, while Sanders has faced relatively mild attacks. Sanders accused Mitchel of “moan(ing) about Hillary Clinton’s problems,” then boasted that “as you well know, there are many areas that I could have attacked Hillary Clinton on that I have chosen not to attack her on.”

Later on in the interview, Sanders actually went on to list several of those things, including attacks that Mitchell had not brought up during the interview:

The issues are a growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, and that we have a government and corrupt finance campaign system that allows the wealthy and powerful to control legislation and economic decisions in this country. Those are the issues I talk about, not Bill Clinton’s personal life, not Hillary Clinton’s emails, that is what Trump will talk about, what the media will talk about.

Although not nearly as blatant, Sanders’ riff does recall the 2008 Hardball panel in which Hillary Clinton and John Edwards spokesmen argued over who could say “cocaine” more times while explaining how they weren’t bringing up then-Senator Barack Obama’s past cocaine use:

To his credit, depending on your viewpoint, Sanders has refrained from attacking Hillary Clinton over her “damn emails,” but his surrogates and supporters have made no secret of their hopes that they result in an indictment that hands Sanders the Democratic nomination.

This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

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