Hillary Clinton Defends Chelsea Clinton’s Attacks Against Bernie Sanders – ABC News
âYou know, I adore my daughter and I know what she was saying,â Clinton told âGood Morning Americaâ about Chelsea Clinton. âBecause if you look at Senator Sandersâ proposals going back nine times in the Congress, thatâs exactly what heâs proposed. To take everything we currently know as health care, Medicare, Medicaid, the CHIP Program, private insurance, now of the Affordable Care Act, and roll it together.â
Chelsea Clinton Tuesday joined in on her motherâs jabs against Sanders, saying during a campaign event in New Hampshire that the Vermont senator wants to âdismantle Obamacare, dismantle the CHIP program, dismantle Medicare and private insurance.â
The Sanders campaign quickly responded by saying that Chelsea Clinton was âwrong.â
âA Medicare-for-all plan will save the average middle class family $5,000 a year,â a spokesman for Sandersâ campaign said. âThe Clinton campaign is wrong.â
Later in the day, Democratic strategist David Axelrod criticized the Clinton campaign for having Chelsea Clinton take a shot at Sanders. âIt wasnât an honest attack,â he said during an interview on CNN.
On âGood Morning Americaâ today, however, Clinton doubled down on her campaignâs critique of Sanders and called for the Vermont senator to lay out âspecificsâ of his health care plan.
The back-and-forth between the two Democratic candidates comes one day after a new Quinnipiac poll was released showing Sanders with a slight lead over Clinton in Iowa.
When asked whether her increased attacks on Sanders are because she is feeling nervous, Clinton laughed. âYou know, I have a different rhythm about how a campaign goes,â she told co-anchor George Stephanopoulos.
âI want to win, but I have a very long view about this,â she explained, âI’ve been organizing in the states that come after — South Carolina, Nevada â and in the states that come after that. I campaigned until June last time, as we all remember.â
Clinton also made clear she has no intentions of quitting the race for president, even if she wins the Powerball lottery.
“I did,â Clinton said when asked whether she bought a ticket.
âAnd if you win?â Stephanopoulos asked.
âWell,â she said, âIâll fund my campaign.â