Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, a British view

This video from the USA says about itself:

Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders: Who Can Trump Trump?

10 March 2016

At last night’s Democratic presidential debate in Miami hosted by Univision, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders claimed they would be the best candidate to take on Republican front-runner Donald Trump in a general election. Well, the question of which Democratic candidate is best suited to challenge Trump is generating a lot of impassioned discussion and disagreement. We host a debate between Nathan Robinson of Current Affairs and professor Alan Draper of St. Lawrence University.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Complacent Ms Clinton

Thursday 10th March 2016

BRITAIN’S opinion pollsters received a drubbing last May after failing to perceive a Tory overall majority in the general election. Now it’s the turn of their US counterparts.

Establishment hopeful Hillary Clinton was forecast to canter home in the Democratic Party’s Michigan primary by an average of 20-25 percentage points over her democratic socialist rival Bernie Sanders.

A Fox 2 Detroit poll on Sunday even had Clinton winning by a landslide of 37 points.

Clinton was so caught up in the euphoria of the moment that, the day before the Michigan primary, she urged the Vermont senator to drop out and “end the primary.”

In the event, it was egg on faces all round as the outsider took the honours by 50 per cent to 48 per cent.

While Clinton has barely broken sweat to win easily in the southern states, based on her barely explicable support among African-American voters, she has yet to win any northern state convincingly, squeaking home in Iowa and Massachusetts.

In contrast, Sanders secured clear victories in last weekend’s caucuses in Maine, Kansas, and Nebraska.

With major contests looming in Ohio, Illinois and Missouri next Tuesday, successes for Sanders in these states, which share similar demographics to Michigan, would certainly defer the coronation as official presidential candidate that Clinton and the party elite desperately desire.

Criticism by Sanders of the backing given by Clinton and the party leadership to free-trade agreements that have brought about the export of manufacturing jobs to low-wage overseas economies played well in Michigan and could do likewise across the so-called “rust belt.”

His core message that a “rigged economy” works in the interest of the wealthy rather than the population as a whole is backed by 80 per cent of the electorate.

Continued success for the scourge of Wall Street, in the face of united and single-minded media hostility against him — the Washington Post, for example ran 16 negative stories about Sanders in just 16 hours in the run-up to Tuesday’s vote — illustrates the seriousness of his campaign.

A fresh momentum behind Sanders could also spur reconsideration among so-called superdelegates who have the right to change already pledged support to a candidate.

Clinton’s delegate total of 1,221 includes 461 superdelegates while Sanders has just 25 in his 571.

Whatever happens, the Establishment candidate has already begun to reposition herself politically, referring to Sanders as her “ally” with whom she hopes to work in the general election.

She declares that “the issues he has raised, the passion he has demonstrated, the people he has attracted are going to be very important,” but how long such sentiments would survive in the event of her passing the winning post is up in the air.

The victory of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the March 8 Democratic primary in Michigan is a clear indicator of growing radicalization in the American working class. More than half a million people cast their votes for a candidate claiming to be socialist. This gave Sanders an unanticipated victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the consensus presidential nominee of the Democratic Party establishment. Sanders won despite the support for Clinton by the corporate-controlled media, whose polls invariably predicted a Clinton victory by double-digit margins: here.

21 thoughts on “Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, a British view

  1. One of the reasons we are doing so well in this campaign is because Bernie is telling the truth. Not just about the problems working families face in this country, but the solutions required to transform our nation.

    But lately, with her campaign slipping in the polls, Secretary Clinton has turned to distorting Bernie’s record and obfuscating her own in debates and advertising. The Washington Post said she “played fast and loose with facts on Bernie Sanders’s record.” The New York Times said her tactics “hurt her credibility.”

    Throughout our campaign, we have consistently turned the Clinton campaign’s greatest strengths into vulnerabilities. As millionaires and billionaires have contributed obscene amounts of money to their effort, our supporters have rallied in record numbers to surpass their influence. When super PACs have attacked us, we’ve raised millions in response.

    Before the Clinton campaign goes too far down this path of distorting Bernie’s record, we need to respond as we have in the past. And when we do, I am sure they’ll stop.

    Contribute $3 to our campaign today as a way of saying you expect an HONEST debate about the issues in this election. Together, we can make the Clinton campaign pay a real price for its distortions.

    This is the most important week of the campaign, and we are still down in the polls in each of the states that vote on Tuesday. But what we have proven time and time again is that our campaign has the ability to come back and win. That will only happen if supporters like you keep stepping up. That’s why your contribution is so important.

    In solidarity,

    Jeff Weaver
    Campaign Manager
    Bernie 2016


  2. I think it’s very important that you read what The Washington Post wrote yesterday about Hillary Clinton’s distortions:

    “But it’s striking that, as Clinton has doubled down on the attacks, she has with some regularity played pretty fast and loose with the facts.

    “She’ll take a vote Sanders has made during his 25 years in Congress and gloss over most, if not all, of the details about it. The result is a carefully worded insinuation or even outright accusation that Sanders has voted against his base on everything from immigration to the auto bailout to fossil fuels.”

    All this week in the press and Wednesday night on the debate stage, Bernie has had to defend himself against mud-slinging and distortions about his record and our campaign. That doesn’t even count the super PACs funded by Wall Street and a billionaire class determined to see us lose.

    Bernie’s running a positive campaign. He doesn’t have a super PAC. We are only doing so well because our supporters have contributed more than 5 million times to help Bernie win.

    So I need to ask you directly one more time: please make a $3 contribution to our campaign now to help Bernie defend against our opponent’s attacks.

    Five big states will vote on Tuesday – Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio. We’re doing everything we can to correct the record about the attacks on Bernie and turn out the millions of voters we need to win.

    Your contribution will be so important for Bernie doing well on Tuesday. We’ll put it to use immediately to talk to voters in every state. This is how we’ll win.

    Rush your $3 contribution to Bernie now.

    Thank you for being a part of this.

    In solidarity,

    Jeff Weaver
    Campaign Manager
    Bernie 2016


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  4. Here we come!

    Fort Hays St. University 3/11 (MO) Quinnipiac 3/8 (OH)

    Clinton: 47% Clinton: 52%

    Sanders: 40% Sanders: 43%

    At this point last week, we were down more than 20 points in Michigan. But we scored the greatest upset in modern political history because our supporters stepped up in record numbers in the final days before the primary.

    Once upon a time we were down 20, 30 points or more in ALL FIVE STATES voting next Tuesday. Not any more. We’re rapidly closing the gap everywhere, and if supporters like you are able to chip in today, we’re going to do very, very well again. Today is one of the last days to give and have it make a difference:

    Contribute $3 to our campaign today and we’re going to keep closing the gap. Five big states vote in just THREE DAYS. Your contribution could be the difference between victory and defeat.

    Tuesday is probably the single most important day of our campaign so far. If we are able to do well, the map shifts in favor, as there are a lot of states set to vote where we already have the lead. If we do well Tuesday, we have a very good chance of winning this primary. But in order for that to happen, we need you to contribute today.

    In solidarity,

    Jeff Weaver
    Campaign Manager
    Bernie 2016


  5. In just about 72 hours, we’ll be watching the results come in from North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Missouri.

    We’ve come so far — too far to come up short now.

    Because when we win against the most inevitable candidate in decades, every single campaign after ours will be forced to think twice before accepting big checks from Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry, and people who profit from destroying our environment.

    And when that happens, we can start to break free of a corrupt political system that results in Wall Street regulating Washington, D.C., and not the other way around.

    Those are the stakes on Tuesday night and in this primary. And I know that if we stand together, we are going to do very, very well.

    Contribute $3 to our campaign today and we’re gonna win the delegates we need to win on Tuesday night, we’re gonna win this primary, and then the White House in November.

    We are closer in a number of the states voting on Tuesday than we were at this point before our historic victory in Michigan. But time is running out for you to contribute to help put us over the top.

    That’s why your donation matters so much, and why I have to ask you to make one before it’s too late.

    In solidarity,

    Jeff Weaver
    Campaign Manager
    Bernie 2016


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