Sanders Adviser: Clinton ‘Constantly Interrupted Him’ in Debate
One of Bernie Sander’s advisers criticized Hillary Clinton for constantly interrupting Sanders during Sunday’s Democratic debate.
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“I don’t think he was disrespectful at all,” Sanders strategist Tad Devine said Monday on CNN’s “New Day” when asked if Sanders was disrespectful of the former secretary of State.
“I think she constantly interrupted him; I think she constantly distorted his record, and I think he felt a need to speak about that, and I think he did so in a respectful way,” Devine said.
The Hill reports:
Sanders and Clinton had one of their feistiest exchanges of the campaign during their debate in Flint, Mich., Sunday night, when Sanders cut off Clinton for interrupting him.
“Excuse me, I’m talking,” Sanders fired back after Clinton interrupted the Vermont senator while he was talking about some of Clinton’s “friends” on Wall Street before the financial crash.
“If you’re gonna talk, tell the whole story,” Clinton interjected.
“I thought it was at times a little bit disrespectful and there were times where it felt a little bit desperate, both the tone and the nature of the attacks,” Clinton spokeswoman Karen Finney said during a Monday appearance on CNN, referring to Sanders’s performance.
Devine rejected comparisons to a U.S. Senate debate in 2000 when then-Rep. Rick Lazio (R-N.Y.) went across the stage to Clinton’s lectern and demanded she sign a campaign finance reform pledge.
Correct the Record, a super-PAC backing Clinton, emailed reporters a clip of the exchange, calling it Sanders’s “Rick Lazio moment.”
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