Hillary for America political director Amanda Renteria said it was “disappointing” that Democratic primary challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) would criticize Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct during an interview Monday.
MSNBC host Kate Snow played a clip of Sanders when he was asked about Clinton’s past, which has reemerged as he has taken on a more visible role in Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
“What Bill Clinton did, I think we can all acknowledge, was totally, totally, totally disgraceful and unacceptable, but I am running against Hillary Clinton,” he said. “I’m not running against Bill Clinton.”
Snow repeated Sanders’ words when the interview started up again.
“You surprised that a fellow Democrat would come at you so strongly?” Snow asked.
“You know, it’s disappointing, but at the end of the day, this is about the issues that people want to hear about,” Renteria said. “They want to know in their lives, what are we going to do, what is Secretary Clinton going to do to help them raise wages, to make sure their kids can go to college, to make sure they can buy a house, and certainly as we look at this election, that’s what we’re focused on, and we’re going to continue to be focused on.”
Sanders is now breathing down Clinton’s neck in the latest Iowa polls, where the critical first caucuses are just three weeks away. Clinton is in danger of losing both Iowa and New Hampshire to Sanders, who is a self-proclaimed socialist.