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The Democratic Primary is Getting Hostile

During the last Democratic debate, it was clear that Bernie Sanders and the rest of the primary challengers (other than maybe then-candidate Lincoln Chafee) were playing nice with Hillary Clinton. That’s not necessarily the case anymore. Self-described socialist Bernie Sanders has apparently taken his kid gloves off.

CBS News reports: 

Bernie Sanders delivered his most forceful critique of Hillary Clinton’s record here on Saturday night, slamming her positions and recent comments on trade, same-sex marriage, the Keystone XL pipeline and the Iraq War. His new attacks, in quick succession, came in a speech in front of more than 6,600 Iowa Democrats gathered for the party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. Though Sanders didn’t utter her name once in his speech, it was the clearest and sharpest contrast that Sanders has drawn with Clinton yet.

“It is not now, nor has it ever been, the gold standard of trade agreements,” Sanders said, directly referring to the way Clinton once described the Trans-Pacific Partnership, while she was Secretary of State. “I did not support it yesterday. I do not support it today. And I will not support it tomorrow.”

“Today, some are trying to rewrite history by saying they voted for one anti-gay law to stop something worse. That’s not the case,” he said later. In an interview with Rachel Maddow on Friday, Clinton said that the Defense of Marriage Act, which President Bill Clinton signed into law, was a “defensive act.”

Sanders got even more aggressive with his language in a CNN interview, calling the Defense of Marriage Act “simply homophobic legislation.”

It’s clear that Sanders is trying to establish a contrast between himself and Clinton, painting a picture of Hillary as the political animal who puts deal-making above all, while he is the stalwart progressive who puts principle first.

The next Democratic debate is scheduled for November 14 in Des Moines, Iowa. With 2 of the candidates on the last stage dropped out already (Chafee and Webb) I would expect a showdown between Clinton and Sanders on the stage.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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