Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders have further taken their political rivalry and war of words to Iowa. The two leading figures in the Democratic camp are holding rallies and meetings, getting endorsements and supports ahead of the Iowa and New Hampshire caucuses. The Bernie Sanders campaign was the first to strike on Wednesday night when it issued a press release that read, “Where is Secretary Clinton’s climate plan?” The memo, written by spokesperson Michael Briggs, accused the former Secretary of State of failing to deliver on a promise to release a plan to stem the spread of climate change.
Clinton fires Sanders on health and climate
Clinton focused much of her fire on Sanders’ plan for universal healthcare, a single-payer system which would work like socialized healthcare in European countries and is well-liked among many progressive voters in Iowa. She drove hard into Sanders’ record in Congress pushing for healthcare plan, saying he had been unable to move the ball forward on the plan because it was impractical. “Sanders has been in Congress for 25 years. He’s introduced his healthcare bill nine times. But he never got a single vote in the House or a single Senate co-sponsor. Not one,” Clinton said. The Clinton campaign struck back with a post on Medium written by campaign chair John Podesta. “The Sanders campaign asked where our climate plan was,” the headline read. “I Googled it for them.”
Clinton says Sanders won’t do anything
Clinton is giving Bernie Sanders one more attack, painting him according to Time, as a starry-eyed idealist incapable of acting on his ambitious agenda. In a day of campaigning on Thursday in snowy Iowa, Clinton questioned Sanders’ ability to form coalitions and pass legislation in Congress, accusing him of being out of touch with reality. “In theory, there are a lot of things to like about his ideas,” she said at an event at Simpson College, in Indianola, Iowa. “But ‘in theory’ isn’t enough. A president has to deal in reality.” “I am not interested in ideas that sound good on paper but will never make it in real life,” Clinton said.