November 5, 2015

Top Senate Democrats Attack Clinton Ahead Of South Carolina Forum

Tomorrow night, the remaining Democratic presidential candidates will attend a candidate forum in South Carolina. But before they even arrive in the Palmetto State, Hillary Clinton is getting whacked by fellow Democrats on a series of issues:

1. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on the FBI investigation into Clinton’s emails: “Let the investigation proceed unimpeded.”

When asked yesterday about Clinton’s private email scandal, Sanders took a different approach than he had during last month’s debate. Instead of defending Clinton, Sanders stuck to the facts: there is an FBI investigation looking into Clinton’s emails.

“There’s an investigation going on right now. I did not say, ‘End the investigation.’ That’s silly. … Let the investigation proceed unimpeded.”

2. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) criticized Clinton for siding with big banks and not supporting the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall.

She might not have mentioned Clinton by name, but Elizabeth Warren got her message across when she openly asked why anyone would oppose reinstating provisions of Glass-Steagall, the law that separated commercial and investment banking. It’s been a sticking point between Clinton and Warren, who represents the far-left wing of the Democratic Party. That wing, as evidenced by their support of Sanders, has proven difficult for Clinton to win over:

But at event at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, … Warren defended the notion of reinstating Glass-Steagall. She said the question of whether Glass-Steagall “might not all by itself have been able to stop the financial crisis” was the wrong one to ask.

“The way I see it, the basic question we should be asking about Glass-Steagall is, Why should investment banks have access to your FDIC-insured checking accounts and savings accounts?” Warren said. “Why is that helpful to the American economy? Why is that helpful to America’s middle class?”

Warren did not explicitly criticize Clinton, but her statements illustrate the divide between the two.

3. Tim Kaine (D-VA) made it clear that attacking gun owners is a losing strategy for Clinton.

Speaking out about Democrats like Clinton overreaching on the issue of gun control, Tim Kaine said it’s better to focus on the issues that people are concerned about, namely the economy. Kaine’s comments come just a day after Democrats failed to win a majority in the Virginia State Senate despite millions poured into the race by anti-Second Amendment crusader Michael Bloomberg:

“I don’t think any Democrat should be afraid of it. And I’ve been advising my colleagues that. I think it’s fine,” Kaine explained. “I think the one sensitivity is, because most voters are still primarily concerned about the economy, that if you talk about an issue that they agree with you on — but you don’t talk about the issue that they really want to hear about — then it may not be that good.”

Some analysts have blamed support for restrictions on gun purchases for Democratic electoral defeats this week in Kentucky and Virginia.