Sanders: Clinton ‘in serious trouble’

By Eric Bradner, CNN

(CNN) –  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has an explanation for rival Hillary Clinton’s increasing attacks on guns, taxes and more: Clinton is “in serious trouble.”

The Vermont senator said Clinton is lashing out — attacking him on guns, taxes and more — because polls show their race having tightened in Iowa while Sanders has maintained a narrow lead in New Hampshire.

“Secretary Clinton and her campaign is in serious trouble,” Sanders told reporters Monday after a campaign stop in Pleasantville, Iowa.

“And I think a candidate who was originally thought to be the anointed candidate, the inevitable candidate, is now locked in a very difficult race here in Iowa and in New Hampshire,” Sanders said. “So obviously in that scenario what people do is start attacking. Suddenly Bernie Sanders is not a nice guy. That is not surprising when you have a Clinton campaign that is now in trouble and now understands that they can lose.”

Sanders offered a similar take later at the Iowa Brown and Black Forum. When Sanders was asked if he has noticed that Clinton is attacking him harder and more often, he offered a mischievous “yes.”

“It could be that the inevitable candidate for the Democratic nomination may not be so inevitable today,” he said.

It’s Sanders’ antidote to Clinton’s “electability” argument. His comment bring to mind her failure to capture the Democratic nomination in 2008, and allude to polls that show Sanders with a real shot at winning in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Sanders is benefiting from a base of supporters that is more enthusiastic than Clinton’s — and he got an unexpected boost from Vice President Joe Biden, who said Sanders has credibility on the issue of income inequality.

“Bernie is speaking to a yearning that is deep and real. And he has credibility on it,” Biden said during an interview with CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger.

“It’s relatively new for Hillary to talk about that,” Biden continued, acknowledging that Clinton has “come forward with some really thoughtful approaches to deal with the issue” of income inequality.

“Hillary’s focus has been other things up to now, and that’s been Bernie’s — no one questions Bernie’s authenticity on those issues,” he said.

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  • Kenikeni
    13 January 2016 at 11:45 am - Reply

    I ain’t gonna vote for this old fart!

    • HELLO
      13 January 2016 at 11:19 pm - Reply

      Oh yea, vote for the old man? He’s old he wouldn’t know what he was saying to the American people, if he gets into the White House? Forget him he’s a loser like Clinton. Both of them should run for dog catcher?

      • Enigma
        15 January 2016 at 12:08 pm - Reply

        Obama and Clinton are both crooks, and Bernie Sanders is a goose.

  • Enigma
    15 January 2016 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Bernie should dissolve the political correctness and call the Democrat party, the Socialist Communist party since he’s the only one that knows the difference between a communist and a Democrat.

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