Clinton Claims Sanders Wall Street Ad Attacks Obama

‘Basically, it is also a very direct criticism of President Obama’

MADDOW: "The character of the campaign, the tone of the campaign, the way you’re trying to persuade those undecided voters, seems to have changed a little bit in the last week or so. Just this afternoon your campaign, in my estimation, set its hair on fire little bit when you guys convened this press hall to discuss what you called Senator Sander's attack ad against you. Your campaign said it was the first candidate to go negative in this campaign. I have seen the ad that you’re referring to. Honestly, it is not much of an attack. It never says your name. It says there’s two democratic visions for regulating Wall Street, and-  I’m going to quote it directly — it’s okay to take millions from big banks and tell them what to do. So yes, that's an oblique cry but it’s not something new. It’s not over the top that he’s now the personal attacker in the campaign.”
CLINTON: “Well, let’s put it into the broader context. Obviously, Senator Sanders has said repeatedly he doesn’t do that, he doesn’t engage in negative attacks, and I take him at his word on anything personal. We don’t do that in our side of the debate. We engage on substantive differences. And we have some. He’s been pointing out what he believes to be differences for quite some time from his point of view. So I have been pointing out what differences are, because I think the voters expect us to have a spirited debate and let them know where we stand on health care, guns, the economy and all the rest of the really important question that is voters are asking about this election. What I think people reacted to is that it was a very broad assertion that caught up all Democrats. Basically, it’s also a very direct criticism of President Obama who, as you might recall, took a lot of money from the financial industry when he ran in 2008. That didn’t stop him from fighting for the hardest regulations on Wall Street since the Great Depression, signing Dodd/Frank, getting everything he could get out of the Congress at that time. So there is a difference. I think that, you know, the president and many Democrats who support Dodd/Frank, we are fighting to prevent it from being turned back and eviscerated by the Republicans, are saying, wait a minute, this is hard work. And what the president got done and what the Democrats who stood with him got done is a pretty important accomplishment if we’re going to rein in the excesses on Wall Street. So, it’s a funny kind of charge. It’s sort of a pox on all your houses for all the Democrats, and I think that’s what raised some eyebrows.”

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