May 24, 2016

Clinton Dodges Final Debate Before California Primary

In 2008, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton taunted then-Sen. Barack Obama for what she claimed was an unwillingness to debate her. “You should be willing to debate anytime, anywhere,” Clinton said. And yet if 2016 Hillary Clinton could somehow meet 2008 Hillary Clinton, she’d tell her younger self to zip it.

Through a spokesperson on Monday, Clinton declared she is done debating her primary rival, Bernie Sanders, who had announced last week he accepted a debate invitation from Fox News prior to the June 7 primaries in California and other states.

On Twitter, Sanders described his reaction to Clinton’s announcement as “disappointed but not surprised,” and given Clinton’s recent arrogance, that makes sense. Clinton told CNN last week there was “no way” she won’t be the Democrats’ nominee, and has busied herself with just about anything but addressing Sanders’ critiques.

Sanders brought Clinton’s debate dodge up at his rally Monday night:

“I think it’s a little insulting to the people of California — the largest state,” Sanders said, addressing a rally on the astro-turf football field at Santa Monica High School.

“She is not prepared to have a discussion with me about how she is going to help California address the major crises we face,” he said.

“She’s scared! She’s scared!” the crowd chanted.

If Clinton is as eager to “unite” the party as she claims, is ignoring the opponent supported by about half of Democrat primary voters really the best decision?