Ahead of the 2016 presidential race, and the battle for who wins the Democratic ticket, the two leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination have intensified their attacks on each other Sunday, reflecting a tightening race in the early-contest states. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are each taking aim at the other’s political strengths, not their weaknesses. According to the Washington Post, the former secretary of state and presumptive Democratic favorite is emphasizing the issue of gun control as a testament to her liberalism. Meanwhile, the senator from Vermont, a self-described “democratic socialist,” is making the argument that he is the more electable candidate against the ultimate Republican nominee.
Battle of the polls puts Hillary and Sanders in a deadlock
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are deadlocked in both Iowa and New Hampshire three weeks before voting begins in the 2016 presidential race. The two candidates have always been at each other trying to win the vote of each other’s supporters. In the recent poll, Mrs. Clinton holds a slim, 48%-to-45% lead over the Vermont senator among likely Democratic caucus in Iowa, the survey found. Mr. Sanders edges the former secretary of state among likely primary voters in New Hampshire, 50% to 46%. Both leads are within the polling margins of error. The dynamics in Iowa and New Hampshire appear to be shifting in opposite directions. In Iowa, Clinton’s once-healthy lead seems to be eroding, while in New Hampshire, it is Sanders who is seeing his advantage slip away.
Clinton rebukes Sanders on gun control
One day after Barack Obama pledged not to support any candidate who did not favor “commonsense gun reform”, Hillary Clinton issued some of her sharpest criticism of rival Bernie Sanders to date as “wrong on gun safety”. With gun control taking on a prominent role in the Democratic primary, Clinton on Friday rebuked Sanders’ record on the issue while casting him as an occasional ally of the National Rifle Association. “When it really mattered, Senator Sanders voted with the gun lobby, and I voted against the gun lobby,” Clinton said “This is a significant difference and it’s important that, you know, maybe it’s time for Senator Sanders to stand up and say, ‘I got this one wrong’.”