Democratic Town Hall: Clinton, Sanders Battle Ahead Of Last Meeting Before Iowa Caucus
The following is an excerpt from rt.com | January 25, 2016 |
With only a week before primary season kicks off in Iowa, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders face each other in a final debate. The Democratic presidential hopefuls are neck-and-neck in the polls and are ramping up efforts to claim the critical state.
While Sanders was considered a longshot when he joined the race in May 2015, the self-described socialist has gained massive momentum in the months leading up to the first – and arguably most critical – electoral event of the nomination season, the February 1 Iowa Caucus.
This newfound competition has prompted Clinton, the establishment favorite, to accelerate her attacks against the Vermont senator.
Clinton has long used electability as the bread-and-butter of her attacks against Sanders, painting him as a candidate who is too idealistic and perhaps too radical to beat a Republican in the general election. While campaigning in Indianola, Iowa on Thursday, she said that she’s "not interested in ideas that sound good on paper but will never make it in the real world,” referring to Sanders’ plan of a European-style single-payer healthcare system.
However, this argument is beginning to lose its punch. A recent New Hampshire poll shows Sanders defeating all top Republican contenders by a much larger margin than Clinton.
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