Senator Bernie Sanders (I, Vt.) sounds like he will pull no punches against Hillary Clinton should he choose to run against her in the Democratic presidential primary. The openly socialist senator has floated the idea of offering a progressive alternative to Clinton in the primaries due to his concerns about her corporatist ties, and appeared far from amused by her road-trip to Iowa.
“I’m sure that there is great national interest about the Scooby van,” Sanders said sarcastically on MSNBC on Tuesday, referring to the van the Clinton camp took from her Chappaqua, N.Y. home to Iowa. “I can’t think of an issue of more significance to the American people.”
Sanders said he hoped Clinton would soon address her coziness with Wall Street, and her positions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Keystone XL pipeline, among other issues. He also took another shot at Clinton’s plan to raise $2.5 billion for the campaign and the “big-moneyed interests” that bankroll contemporary presidential races, adding that he would not be able to raise anything close to that amount for a run because he doesn’t have “millionaires and billionaires” as donors.
This prompted host Thomas Roberts to ask the senator directly if he thought Clinton wasn’t for “the little guy,” as she said she was in her announcement video over the weekend.
#related#”Why don’t you tell me what Hillary Clinton is campaigning on? Do you know?” Sanders pushed back and paused, to which Roberts had no answer. “You don’t know, and I don’t know, and the American people don’t know, so it’s premature.”
“I can’t comment on Secretary Clinton until we know what she’s saying.”
But Sanders refrained from saying whether or not he would jump into the race yet. Over the weekend, a spokesman said the senator would decide by the month’s end.
— Andrew Johnson is an editorial associate at National Review Online.