An Unnerved Clinton Continues Her Attacks on Sanders in CNN Interview

Posted: Jan 18, 2016 7:30 AM

The nearer the Democratic primary gets, the more nervous Hillary Clinton becomes. While the frontrunner had been mostly silent in regards to her opponent Bernie Sanders, her narrowing lead has appeared to make her start to lash out at him.

Clinton has started to question Sanders' health care plan, suggesting Democrats would have to start all over on the work President Obama has done with the Affordable Care Act. 

"Basically what he is doing is saying, 'Hey, we need to start all over again, lets tear (Obamacare) up and replace it. Details to be forth coming,'" Clinton told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Her daughter Chelsea even joined in on hammering Sanders' supposedly disastrous health policy. PolitiFact rated those attacks as “mostly false.”

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday morning, Clinton insisted she was not “using” her daughter to undermine Sanders' campaign. However, the former Secretary of State did not exactly show Sanders mercy, highlighting another apparent weak point of his liberal record: His “flip flopping” on gun control. 

Recent polls show Sanders is ahead in New Hampshire by double digits and is neck-and-neck with Clinton in Iowa. Those numbers explain a new New York Times report indicating that Clinton’s advisers underestimated Sanders and should have struck much earlier:

Advisers to Hillary Clinton, including former President Bill Clinton, believe that her campaign made serious miscalculations by forgoing early attacks on Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and failing to undercut his archliberal message before it grew into a political movement that has now put him within striking distance of beating her in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Other verbs employed by The New York Times editors to describe the Clinton camp’s reaction to Sanders’ momentum include “unnerved,” “concerned” and “surprised.” 

Will they likewise be surprised by the outcome in Iowa and New Hampshire?