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Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Jun 30, 2015, 08:44 PM (0 replies)

Why Martin O'Malley is attacking Bernie Sanders — and not Hillary Clinton

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is trailing Hillary Clinton by an average of 50 points in the polls for the Democratic presidential nomination. So last Thursday, his super PAC released an attack ad against...

Bernie Sanders?

Paid for by O’Malley’s super PAC, Generation Forward, the ad said the Vermont senator “was no progressive when it comes to guns.”

The Sanders campaign poked back on Twitter with a couple of sub-tweets:

Bernie Sanders
✔ ‎@BernieSanders
As someone who has never run a negative political ad in his life, my campaign will be driven by issues and serious debate.

11:57 AM - 25 Jun 2015

Bernie Sanders
✔ ‎@BernieSanders
I will not have a super PAC. That’s why I need you to join me in an unprecedented grass-roots effort. http://bernie.to/no-superpac

2:17 PM - 25 Jun 2015

O’Malley is focusing on Sanders because, for the time being, the Vermont senator has edged him out as the leftier alternative to Clinton.

A June 25 WMUR/CNN poll showed Sanders down just 8 percentage points to Clinton in New Hampshire, while a June 16 Suffolk University poll showed him at 31 percent to Clinton’s 41 percent in the state.

As of Monday, Sanders trailed Clinton nationally by an average of 15.5 percent, according to Real Clear Politics, compared to the 50-point hole he was in just one month ago.

O’Malley, meanwhile, hasn’t cracked the 3 percent mark in those polls.

Of course it’s still very, very early.

“Sanders’s popularity has grown so far, so fast that O’Malley is an afterthought right now,” Dante Scala, political science professor at the University of New Hampshire, told Boston.com. “O’Malley is just not part of the storyline right now.”

Sanders, meanwhile, has been regularly attracting the largest crowds of any presidential candidate, including an estimated 5,000 people in Denver and 3,000 in Minneapolis.

David Paleologos, director of Suffolk University’s Political Research Center, pointed out that Sanders actually beat Clinton among men and tied among self-identified liberals in the June 16 poll, factors that could sustain the Vermont democratic socialist in other states.

More here: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/2015/06/30/why-martin-malley-attacking-bernie-sanders-and-not-hillary-clinton/mcojkWhrxSZXbgIqdpHf0J/story.html

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:22 PM (14 replies)

I want you....to give a damn!

Tori Muzyk
‏@ToriMuzyk23 @BernieSanders just chillin' where I work.#Bernie2016 #artsriot #destroyapathy

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Jun 30, 2015, 05:59 PM (2 replies)

That's wrong.....

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Jun 30, 2015, 05:42 PM (11 replies)

(Video) Hillary Clinton vs Bernie Sanders

ILIWIWUITMABOIP ‏@4MoreYrsReElecO · 20h20 hours ago
VIDEO: Bernie Sanders need to hire this kid. I think he's found his campaign manager. He's inspired! -Debra

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Jun 30, 2015, 04:28 PM (1 replies)

Bernie Sanders on Same-Sex Marriage and Equality...

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Jun 30, 2015, 03:32 PM (3 replies)

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Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Jun 30, 2015, 03:02 PM (12 replies)

ICYMI. This is important....

Bernie Sanders raised $9 million from 250k small donors.

HRC nets $6 million from 10 corporations. 4 are BIG banks.

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Jun 30, 2015, 02:29 PM (10 replies)

Bernie Sanders is hot enough on the campaign trail to be drawing attacks

The relative comity of the race for the Democratic nomination for president was interrupted last week with an unexpectedly sharp attack video aimed in an unexpected direction..

“Bernie Sanders is no progressive when it comes to guns,” said the narrator of a Web video produced by a "super PAC" supporting former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

That the first direct attack of the Democratic primary would focus on guns – a second-tier issue -- and Sanders – a long-shot candidate – would have been hard to predict in a race dominated by front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton and the party’s search for an economic message. But as Sanders, the Vermont senator and a self-described socialist, rises in the polls, he’s also emerged as the top target – both for those wanting to supplant him as the liberal alternative to Clinton and those arguing that a liberal alternative isn’t necessary.

“It is clear that Bernie Sanders is the most interesting character in the Democratic nomination play at the moment,” said Jamal Simmons, a Democratic strategist.

It’s also clear how Sanders became the hot target. Fueled by his unpolished appeal and unvarnished attacks on moneyed interests on Wall Street and in Washington, the Sanders campaign is gaining ground – particularly in all-important New Hampshire, where the Vermont senator is a well-known figure. A CNN/WMUR poll released last week found Sanders within 8 percentage points of Clinton. Although Sanders remains a distant challenger in other early-voting states, his status as the progressives’ protest to the Clinton candidacy is firming up – and the famously cautious Clinton appears unlikely to rely simply on her front-runner status to keep his challenge at bay.

Sanders has begun to take hits on three major themes -- gun control, where his record veers some from Democratic party line, his support among African Americans and Latinos, and his broader viability among voters in the general election.

Along with the O’Malley backers’ broadside on guns, a close Clinton ally last week labeled Sanders’ views “extreme.” A fellow Democratic senator, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, said on MSNBC that “Bernie is too liberal to gather enough votes in this country to be president.” She complained that journalists are “giving Bernie a pass,” particularly in comparison to Clinton, and called for his record to be more closely inspected.
He’s against trade – he’s against a whole lot of things that are unrealistic in this day and age,” McCaskill insisted.

More here: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-bernie-sanders-gun-control-20150629-story.html#page=1
Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Jun 30, 2015, 02:22 PM (6 replies)

Rec if you think Bernie Sanders should live here...

1600 Pennsylvania Ave

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Jun 30, 2015, 02:11 PM (38 replies)
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