Wednesday NH Townhall (CNN) Live Blog

sandersclintonClinton and Sanders have their first townhall in New Hampshire without O’Malley right now on CNN.  This event comes fresh on heels the historic Clinton win of the Iowa Caucuses.  The margin was small, but a win is a win is a win.  Sanders is expected to win New Hampshire because of the neighbor effect. They always vote for fellow New Englanders and Sanders is no stranger.  CNN has a list of five things to watch.  I found this one pretty interesting.

In a similar CNN town hall in Iowa, Sanders absolutely unloaded on Clinton, hammering her as a newcomer to the progressive movement on income inequality, trade, energy and other issues.

Since then, the man who talks about never running a negative ad in his life has approved one that ripped into Goldman Sachs for paying politicians speaking fees — a crystal-clear shot at Clinton who has received that money.

He has complained about the Democratic establishment, complaining about the Democratic National Committee’s decision to hold debates often on weekends and against playoff football games and other high-profile events.

Is Sanders ready to really rip into Clinton?

His winks and nods toward the liberal base are impossible to miss.

On Tuesday in Keene, New Hampshire, Sanders launched into an attack on the Walmart-owning Walton family, saying that “the major welfare abuser in America is the wealthiest family in America.”

No wonder: Walmart is headquartered in Arkansas. Clinton once served on its board. And Alice Walton gave Clinton’s Democratic National Committee Victory Fund $353,000 in December — a contribution just made public in filings Sunday.

Sanders has the podium first.  You can watch it live on CNN or here at Raw Story.

This event and the MSNBC debate scheduled for tomorrow night were thrown together rather hastily.  Here’s variety’s take on the first part of the Sanders questions.

Ever since they left Iowa, Clinton and Sanders have gotten more pointed, particularly on Twitter, over who can better carry out a set of progressive priorities. Clinton has called herself a “progressive who gets things done,” while Sanders posted a series of tweets suggesting she has shifted her positions on such things as the Keystone pipeline and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as well as on the question of whether she is a centrist or a liberal.

“You can be a moderate. You can be a progressive. But you cannot be a moderate and a progressive,” Sanders tweeted on Wednesday.

9:10 pm ET: Sanders slams expectations. Bernie Sanders criticized the media for focusing so much on expectations in New Hampshire, where he leads some polls by a significant margin. “That is the media game. That is what the media talks about. Who cares?” he says. Clinton’s campaign has downplayed the state, in hopes of delivering a better-then-expected result. But Sanders, too, cautions that he expects the results to be “close.”

9:15 p.m. ET: How do you pay for it? In the last debate, Clinton pointedly said that she would not raise taxes on the middle class. Sanders has said there will be tax hikes. Sanders said that his proposal for a “medicare for all,” single-payer health care program would raise taxes on those in the “middle of the economy” by about $500 annually. But he tells a questioner that the switch to single payer will reduce medical costs by $5,000.

9:23 p.m. ET: On faith. Cooper asks Sanders about something the Vermont senator rarely talks about on the stump: His faith. “Everybody practices religion in a different way,” says Sanders, who is Jewish. “I would not be running for president of the United States if I did not have very strong religious and spiritual feelings.” He added that on the stump rarely gets that personal, but he did say he worried about a society “where some people say, ‘I don’t care,’” when spirituality to him is a recognition that “we are in this together.”

So, here we go again!  Join us!!!







51 Comments on “Wednesday NH Townhall (CNN) Live Blog”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Thanks Dak. Bernie got nothing but softballs. I wonder if Hillary will have it that easy too.

    • dakinikat says:

      The end of life question is a hardball whoa!

      • bostonboomer says:

        Her answer was very thoughtful and sincere.

      • Fannie says:

        That especially hit hard for me. I have two friends with end stage cancer, and a sister in law, and last night got a call from a friend in Hawaii, and making plans to get together this year, as she has health issues. That was one reason I shut down last night. We talked and shared stories, and what it is that she wants to do with the rest of her life. We cried, and she played our favorite Janis Joplin, song and cried. She always said that Janis reminded her of me………back in the day, she went to the Fillmore West, and only 10 people were there for Janis, only 10, she was one of them. Lordy, what I would have given to have there.

        I also had the feeling that Hillary was probably going to meet up with him after the debates, and make sure that he has supports, and knows that she cares, and wants more feedback from him.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Good for Hillary for speaking out about the stupid stuff Bernie said on twitter today.

  3. janicen says:

    Just tuned in and caught the end of life question. She did well.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    She gave a thoughtful answer to the young man who asked about military intervention too. Sanders basically returned to his stump speech on every question.

    • janicen says:

      That’s all he’s got.

      This will make you laugh, FB is swooning over the fact that somebody fainted during one of Bernie’s speeches and he interrupted his speech to help the man. Remember when Obama did that in ’08? These people have no imagination, they are just ripping off Obama ’08 ideas.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Yeah, I saw that. Honestly, they’ve turned Bernie into a cult hero just like the did Obama. If he ever became president they’d be utterly disappointed once again.

      • NW Luna says:

        Someone faints and the candidate steps in to help. Our candidate, the Hero!

        Oh Jeebus. It was bad enough the first time with Obama.

    • dakinikat says:

      Yes. She’s getting very personal with her answers and she’s quite open and warm.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I loved when she said that young people don’t have to be for her: “I will be for them.”

        • NW Luna says:

          …and when they grow up enough to realize that, they’ll be damn glad she is.

        • Fannie says:

          I woke up thinking about the question, why aren’t the young girls supporting Hillary? I think that these young women want to play down her feminist aspects…….something about it will happen in their life time, but not just with this woman. Do you get this feeling? I wish they could see that it’s about her “character”………she’s been telling them, that she’s had years of ill treatment by republicans, by the press. And it hasn’t stopped, and yes, she is still standing.
          Why aren’t they listening? I like to ask those young ladies, do you know what it means when one says “you’ve come al long ways baby”. I like them to know we fought the good fight, and won, only to find out that in this 21st century we are being pushed back to the dark ages. You can’t have a revolution if you aren’t there, and Bernie Sanders went awol on the Defunding of Planned Parenthood vote.

          Bernie has told them time and time again, at every debate at every town hall, in every interview, that he didn’t vote for the War. Bernie not only has been angry about that vote, but he wants the camp to be angry about that vote, and their is where the young women have been suckered in. Hillary has said, that President Obama trusted her and placed her as
          his SOS. That doesn’t seem to be good enough for the Bernie Camp. Now, I want to come back and remind them that Pres. Obama said in an interview with NY Times, that had he been in US Senate in 2002 he would have voted for the resolution too. Those young people don’t really understand how the resolution came down the pike with Bush, Rumsfield, Cheney, Colin Powell, Rice, and Wolfowitz…..Here’s the reality check, Bush did create this war, and lied, and bombed them. We couldn’t just up and walk away after destroying the country. The only thing Bernie is doing is tarnishing Hillary’s judgment, and the young people don’t really remember all the details.

  5. janicen says:

    Oh FFS, Iraq war vote question. Jesus, can’t they come up with anything new?

  6. dakinikat says:

    She’s getting tough questions.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I knew he’d be a lot harder on her than Bernie. No questions about when she was growing up in Chicago.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    This is the best performance I’ve seen from Hillary in a debate or forum ever.

  8. bostonboomer says:

    OMG, this rabbi is lecturing her.

  9. dakinikat says:

    I hope that ceiling splinters too!

  10. janicen says:

    I’m watching the replay where Bernie says he’s such a nice guy and won’t attack Secy Clinton and then he proceeds to attack her.

    • dakinikat says:

      He’s really convinced he’s the great white father.

    • Fannie says:

      I’d like to know why the woman Alliyson in New Hampshire believes he is not using negative attacks. For me, it was when Bernie compared Hillary to Cheney. That was a low blow. We could go on with the list.

  11. William says:

    I had the sound down for Sanders, but I could see the questions on screen. Mostly easy ones. No one wants to ask him how he plans to get any of his ideas passed, when the Republicans have permament control of the House at least until Hillary can help some downticket Democrats take over some state legislatures so that they can reapporton the districts. No one asks him how much he is invested in the future of the Democratic Party, since he never campaigns for any of them outside Vermont.

    Hillary got the tougher questions, the philosophical ones. I thought that she was wonderful. She of course got the one hostile set-up question from the woman who asked her what she would do to regain trust. I hate those insulting questions. I don’t think Hillary has ever done a dishonest thing in her life. She got another hostile question from someone who wanted to ask her for the five thousandth time about her Iraq vote. She did not start the war, she did not cause the war to happen. That bill got 77 votes, and the Executive Branch lied in all respects. Somehow some people think that she caused the war by herself. She got the Anderson Cooper question about Goldman Sachs giving her money to speak; she answered it very well. Her answer about how she would combat the Republicans was thrilling and inspiring. No other Democrat has ever answered such a question so forcefullly.

    She was knowledgeable as always, and she was very compassionate, and it is real. And any time one is disillusioned or upset by the horrible way in which the media covers the campaign, or what is said on Twitter, all one has to do is watch her answer the most difficult questions, and be reinvigorated. I believe that she gained votes tonight;l if ultimately not many from New Hampshire, then from other parts of the country. Real progressives who do not vote for her are…not very perceptive.

  12. NW Luna says:

    Once again, the woman candidate gets questions which are twice as hard, and though she answers them twice as well as would the male candidate, the media give her half the credit they would give a male.

    Fortunately Hillary has twice the stamina of all the male candidates put together…

  13. Ron4Hills says:

    Missed Bernie, saw Hills. She was brilliant and brave as usual.

  14. Ron4Hills says:

    CNN is reporting that Ben Jealous former head of the NAACP is going to endorse Bernie.

    All I can say is why? Why on earth? There is no way in the world that Hillary Clinton is not a friend to the Black community.

    Even if you THINK that Bernie is marginally better for black folks on this issue or that issue (I don’t by the way) she is still a good and loyal friend. Why would you do the GOP’s work for them and make her road harder?

    Jesus Christ almighty. Bernie is not going to be President. Ever. Period. Do black leaders look at the field a say, ” Which horse is definitely not going to win? Great let’s bet on that one!”

    I have been saying this all along, some people in the black political firmament cannot wait to stab Hills in the back. Hopefully few people will follow this foolish example.

    “We can elect a friend. One who will continue the First Black President’s legacy and break the gender glass ceiling in the process, or we can help get a bitter and implacable enemy elected…ooh yeah, let’s do the latter!”

    I am disappointed. Disgusted. And a little embarrassed.

    • janicen says:

      “Former” head is the key word. Bernie Bros will crow about it. Had the guy endorsed Hillz, he would have been described as “establishment”. We’ll see who the current head of the NAACP endorses.

    • Dee says:

      He is probably hoping for work in his campaign/ administration.

    • Fannie says:

      Always push the woman back, always! Shirley Chisholm didn’t have their support either. The media is playing a large part here.