- Hillary is far more supportive of gun control than is Sanders
- Her campaign thinks it is an area where they can put him on the defensive
- “But on gun control, Sanders sounds a bit more like a centrist — or even a Republican”
The new Democratic party: figuring out just how hard-left they can be.
Via The Hill:
Hillary Clinton supporters think they’ve finally found a way to put Bernie Sanders on defense: gun control.
Throughout her presidential campaign, Clinton has sought to highlight her support for gun control, seizing on an opportunity to appeal to progressives on perhaps the one issue where she is to the left of her rival Sanders.
In doing so, Clinton allies have pushed a narrative that as a member of the House of Representatives, Sanders voted against the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act in 1993, a bill that laid the foundation for the current national background check system.
Clinton allies and top Democratic strategists say it’s an issue that could hurt the Vermont Independent senator.
“He’s going to have to evolve on this issue, because he’s not where Americans, including Democrats, are,” said one Democratic strategist.
Sanders has run a strong campaign against Clinton so far and is polling ahead of the former secretary of State in New Hampshire. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found Sanders with a 14-point lead in the Granite State over Clinton, while the RealClearPolitics average of polls finds he is 11 points ahead.
The self-proclaimed Democratic socialist has championed left-wing causes and sought to push Clinton to the left on both economic and foreign policy issues.
Sanders backs the Iran nuclear deal and wants to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. In general, he’s said the U.S. should focus less on international conflict and more on the nation’s middle class.
He’s an opponent of Obama’s trade deals, would increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour and institute higher taxes on estates and Wall Street. He’d also make college and university tuition free, require that employers provide 12 weeks of paid family leave and break up the big banks.
But on gun control, Sanders sounds a bit more like a centrist — or even a Republican.
While he backed a 2013 Senate bill imposing tougher background checks for gun sales, he has repeatedly downplayed the need for gun control.
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