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Hillary Whacks Bernie on NYDN Interview: He’s Campaigned on Issues He Hasn’t ‘Studied or Understood’

Hillary Whacks Bernie on NYDN Interview: He Hasn't 'Studied or Understood' Issues

Nearly two days after the fact, news of Bernie Sandersdisastrous editorial board interview with the New York Daily News is beginning to filter out, and on Wednesday morning, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton took her first crack at the debacle. In an interview with Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, Hillary took some tough shots at Sanders over his poor responses to questions on issues central to his campaign, saying he hasn’t “done his homework” and has been campaigning on policies that he “hadn’t really studied or understood,” but stopped short of calling the interview disqualifying:

Hillary Clinton: I think he hasn’t done his homework and he’s been talking for more than a year about doing things that he obviously hadn’t really studied or understood, and that does raise a lot of questions. What that goes to is for voters to say can he deliver, can he help people, can he help our economy?

Scarborough: What do you think?

Clinton: Obviously I think I’m by far the better choice.

Scarborough: Do you think he is qualified, and do you think he is capable to deliver on the things he is promising to all these Democratic voters?

Clinton: Let me put it this way, Joe. I think that what he has been saying about the core issues in his whole campaign doesn’t seem to be rooted in an understanding of either the law or the practical ways you get something done. I will leave it to the voters to decide who of us can do the job that the country needs, who can do all aspects of the job, both on the economic domestic issues and on national security and foreign policy.

Later in the interview, though, Hillary made a point of circling back, unprompted, to the NYDN interview in order to attack Sanders again over his stance on immunity for gun manufacturers:

I think what you saw in the “New York Daily News” raises questions for voters, and the front page of the news, which is one of my biggest contrasts with Senator Sanders, that he would place gun manufacturers’ rights and immunity from liability against the parents of the children killed at Sandy Hook. It is just unimaginable to me.

The Daily News cover for Wednesday features a giant splash condemning Sanders over the gun liability issue:

In the actual interview, Sanders is asked if he thinks that victims of crimes should be able to sue gun manufacturers, and he replies “No, I don’t.” Later in the interview, though, he is asked if the Sandy Hook lawsuit is “baseless,” and he says “It’s not baseless. I wouldn’t use that word,” but adds that “it’s a backdoor way” of achieving the goal of a legislative assault weapons ban.

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

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