Hillary Clinton reportedly took offense when Bernie Sanders doubted if she was a progressive type of politician. During the Democratic debate in New Hampshire, Clinton looked agitated.
When Sanders referred to an earlier statement by Clinton of her being a moderate, the former US first lady asked him not to judge her achievements by “cherry-picking” a quote. “In your definition, as you being the self-proclaimed gate-keeper of progressivism, I don’t know anyone else who fits that definition,”
“In your definition, as you being the self-proclaimed gate-keeper of progressivism, I don’t know anyone else who fits that definition,” she said.
Clinton referred to a group of national security, military and intelligence experts who issued a “very concerning” statement about Sanders use of foreign policy and security. She referred to some of the comments made by the Vermont senator on such issues.
Moreover, Clinton said Sanders talked about inviting Iranian troops to Syria to try to resolve the conflict there. He also talked about Saudi Arabia and Iran to work together while “they can’t stand each other and are engaged in a proxy battle right at this moment,” she said.
The former US secretary of state said New Hampshire voters would vote for a future US president and commander-in-chief. She said questions about Sanders’ foreign policy must be answered. Such policies were likely to put the security of the US and its Middle East allies at risk, she argued amid a cheering crowd.
Clinton also criticises Sanders for his ideas of trying to normalise relation with a country like Iran, which “promotes state-sponsored terrorism” in the region. Sanders hit back and said he never said the normalisation should happen tomorrow.
A lot of people earlier thought a normal relation with a communist country like Cuba would be a “dangerous thing.” However, that happened. He also reminded Clinton that she had called Obama “naïve” during the presidential campaign in 2008 because he wanted to talk to enemies. “I think those are exactly the people you should talk to,” Sanders said.
“We cannot be the policemen of the world,” Sanders earlier said as he stressed on the United States working in coalition with major powers in the world to solve international issues.