Hillary Clinton returned to New Hampshire this week with Bernie Sanders standing by her side as she appealed for votes before a crowd of millennials with promises of making college tuition free.
Bernie urges vote for Hillary
I am asking you here today not only to vote for Secretary Clinton, but to work hard to get your uncles and your aunts, to get your friends, to vote. This election is enormously important for the future of our country. It is imperative that we elect Hillary Clinton as our next president. — Sen. Bernie Sanders
Throughout the campaign, Clinton has struggled to connect with the young voters that were so enthusiastic about Sen. Sanders during the primaries. Clinton ran into some headwinds with Bernie’s supporters just before the Democratic Convention when WikiLeaks released a series of hacked emails that showed the Democratic National Committee actively working against Sen. Sanders. The revelations cost the DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz her job.
Clinton audio tape emerges
On Friday, an audio tape surfaced of a conversation between Mrs. Clinton and some donors that was made last February. Clinton described the supporters of Sen. Sanders as “children of the Great Recession who are living in their parents’ basement.” While there is nothing on the audio tape that attacks Sanders, it does appear to challenge the sense of reality of some of his supporters.
And on the other side, there’s just a deep desire to believe that we can have free college, free healthcare, that what we’ve done hasn’t gone far enough, and that we just need to, you know, go as far as, you know, Scandinavia, whatever that means, and half the people don’t know what that means, but it’s something that they deeply feel. — Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders said that he felt the comments were accurate and not offensive to either him or his supporters.
The Clinton campaign was genuinely flummoxed at the appeal of Bernie Sanders during the primaries. Clinton had entered the primaries thinking that she would be unopposed on the left and that her moderately liberal ideas would guarantee her the vote of the progressive left without challenge. Sanders’s strong showing in the primaries forced Clinton to move further to the left and to make some concessions at the Convention.
Clinton tries to connect with young voters
Her campaign continues to struggle with finding a way to appeal to the young voters that supported President Obama during his presidential campaign and turned out in force to support Bernie Sanders.
For his part, Bernie Sanders seems fully committed to helping Clinton win the presidency. While he may continue to feel that Hillary Clinton is not a true progressive, Sanders greatly fears what a Trump win would mean for the country and the agenda of the liberal left. Whether he can redirect the excitement that young voters felt towards him to Hillary Clinton in the general election remains uncertain, but Bernie is certainly doing his best.