After a series of attacks against against Bernie Sanders have seemingly backfired, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has begun to backpedal and soften their defensive rhetoric against the 74-year-old Vermont senator.
Like attacking GOP front-runner Donald Trump, attacks against Sanders seemingly makes him stronger. Clinton allies likely were not happy this week after Chelsea Clinton told a crowd in New Hampshire that Sanders would “dismantle Obamacare.”
She also told the crowd of potential primary voters Sanders would “strip millions and millions and millions of people of their health insurance.”
Sanders’ campaign spokesman released a statement crediting Chelsea’s political combat on Bernie’s healthcare agenda as raising $1.4 million for the campaign.
“Thanks, Team Clinton…We’ve gotten 47,000 contributions. We’re projecting 60,000 donations. Even for our people-powered campaign, this is pretty darn impressive.”
At a meeting with potential caucus goers in Iowa yesterday, Clinton softened her fight against the democratic socialist, “Sen. Sanders and I share many of the same goals. I know Sen. Sanders cares about covering more people, as I do.”
Clinton added that Sanders' plans aren’t within the realms of reality as she urges Democrats to choose her practicality over his idealism. Since the last debate, Clinton has seemingly let go of the liberal crowd and has focused on appealing to voters with centrist politics and practicality.
“Sen. Sanders has been in Congress for 25 years — he’s introduced his healthcare plan nine times,” Clinton said. “But he never got even a single vote in the House, or a single Senate co-sponsored. Now he has a new plan. You hear a promise to build a whole new system, but that’s not what you’ll get. You’ll get gridlock. And endless wait for advancements that will never come. The people I’ve met can’t wait.”
Politico reported Bill Clinton is getting more concerned over his wife’s campaign in Ohio and Super Tuesday states. Hillary Clinton reportedly has no campaign staff on the ground in Ohio and virtually no presence in other states beyond Iowa and New Hampshire.
Sanders on the other hand has been speaking across the country, gathering thousands of supporters at rally in places most people wouldn’t associate as supportive of a self-described socialist like Alabama and Arkansas. However, the Vermont senator has only made one appearance in Ohio so far.
His grassroots insurgency have been aggressive in Ohio ever since the Vermont senator announced his candidacy. Last summer, a local Sanders organization event drew in so many people the media assumed the senator would be in attendance himself.
More than 600 organizers and supporters gathered at the Woodward Theater; the high attendance confused The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Rachel Maddow Show, which misreported that the senator would be at the event in person.
The Ohio primary is March 15.
The latest polling averages done by Real Clear Politics continue to show the trend of Sanders gaining on the former Secretary of State with her lead falling in early primary states. A CNN poll released Thursday shows Sanders eight points ahead of Clinton in Iowa. A Quinnipiac poll shows Sanders five points ahead in the Hawkeye state.
Real Clear Politics’ national averaging shows Clinton still leading at 51.2 points and Sanders holding second at 38. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley brings up the rear at 2.2. However, O’Malley did not qualify for the Ohio ballot.