Most of us believed Hillary Clinton a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination when she first declared her intention to run for president. Oh, how things have changed.
Bernie Sanders’ numbers have steadily increased since the beginning. But Hillary, after a serious drop in support, now finds her position as frontrunner threatened less than two weeks before the Iowa caucus. According to the most recent Real Clear Politics poll, Bernie Sanders has captured the hearts of 37% of Democrats nationwide with leading numbers in more than a few states.
Following an unexpected loss of support in New Hampshire and Iowa, Hillary took aim at Sanders during the recent presidential debate in Charleston and attacked her grandfatherly rival on his healthcare and gun control plans. Her attacks seemed to have no effect.
Sanders shot back with a Trump-like comment about his success in recent polls: “As Secretary Clinton well knows, when this campaign began she was 50 points ahead of me. Guess what? In Iowa, New Hampshire, the race is very, very close…we’re on the path to victory.”
He also called her out for accepting $600,000 from Goldman Sachs in one year. “Let me give you an idea of how corrupt this system is,” said Bernie, going on to say that despite having been fined $5 billion for breaking the law, not a single one of their executives has been prosecuted.
Sanders has been in the headlines recently for pushing “Medicare for All,” his idea for a government-run single payer healthcare system that would eradicate the private insurance market.
Clinton, forever an Obamacare advocate, argues that Sanders’ healthcare plan would require raising taxes on middle class families by 9%, while the socialist maintains that the plan would save middle class workers money over time.
The Vermont Senator hasn’t released all the details yet, but many experts argue that even with increased taxes and surcharges, his plan will not cover the cost of health insurance for all Americans.
Sanders has also been busy speaking about the lack of harmony between the public and the nation’s police force – an ongoing topic for both Republican and Democratic candidates. Sanders explained that demilitarizing the police would make them seem less authoritarian. He also demands the US Justice department be involved whenever anyone dies while in police custody: “I speak as a mayor who worked very closely, and well with police, the vast majority are honest, hard-working people trying to do a difficult job, but let us be clear. If a police officer breaks the law, like any public official, that officer must be held accountable.”