2016 race: Clinton and Sanders close-in on each other

Last Updated: January 19, 2016
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Senator Bernie Sanders and former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton have been on each other for the nomination ticket of the 2016 presidential race to the White House. Senator Sanders has accused his Democratic rival of cozying up to Wall Street and misrepresenting his stance on healthcare and guns. The two candidates believe the other is incompetent to lead the nation and occupy the White House, especially in taking crucial decisions on national issues. Sanders cast himself as the outsider who would lead a political revolution, while Clinton touted her experience and embraced Obama’s legacy.

Clinton and Sanders fires each other on Guns and Wall Street

According to Foxnews, Hillary Clinton sharpened her attacks on insurgent rival Bernie Sanders Sunday night at the final 2016 Democratic presidential debate before the Iowa caucuses, accusing him of trying to “tear up” ObamaCare and siding with the gun lobby – as Sanders denied the claims and said he’s the candidate with the “momentum” in the race. Senator Clinton had previously raised questions about the self-styled democratic socialist’s positions on Wall Street reform, healthcare and gun control. Sanders pushed back at every turn, painting Clinton as a defender of the status quo who accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees as a former secretary of state from Wall Street backers.

Clinton and Sanders in war of polls

There is cause for concern for Mrs Clinton as her main challenger, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has closed in on her in Iowa, the state that kicks off the nomination race with caucuses on 1 February. In New Hampshire, which will hold its primary on 9 February, Mr Sanders is leading in the polls. According to the BBC, there has been much hand-wringing by unnamed aides and allies quoted in newspaper articles about the unlikely challenge mounted by a 74-year-old socialist. As early in the race as July last year, a senior Clinton aide said the campaign was already looking at the possibility that the former secretary of state could lose Iowa and New Hampshire (which borders Vermont) and was working on building a firewall in the southern states to stop Mr Sanders in his tracks.

 

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