Sunday 20 August 2017

Clinton under fire from Sanders' supporters over leaked comments

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrives at the airport in St Louis, Missouri, for the second presidential debate last night. Photo: Reuters
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrives at the airport in St Louis, Missouri, for the second presidential debate last night. Photo: Reuters

Luciana Lopez

Supporters of former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders have expressed fury over leaked comments made by Hillary Clinton that appeared to confirm their fears about her tendency to cosy up to Wall Street.

Clinton, who needs Sanders' coalition of young and left-leaning voters to propel her to the presidency, pushes for open trade and open borders in one of the speeches, and takes a conciliatory approach to Wall Street, both positions she later backed away from in an effort to capture the popular appeal of Sanders' attacks on trade deals and powerful banks.

The excerpts of remarks by the former secretary of state, made in 2013 and 2014 in closed-door meetings where audiences paid to attend, were published online by WikiLeaks, which sourced them to the email account of John Podesta, Clinton's campaign chairman.

"This is a very clear illustration of why there is a fundamental lack of trust from progressives for Hillary Clinton," said Tobita Chow, chair of the People's Lobby in Chicago, which endorsed Sanders in the primaries.

Clinton has struggled to win support from young 'millennials' who were crucial to Bernie Sanders' success, and some Democrats expressed concern that the leaks would discourage those supporters from showing up to vote.

Irish Independent

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