Major misfire: Clinton ‘forgets’ Sanders’ prominent support for healthcare reform (VIDEO)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton suffered an interesting memory lapse when slating her opponent’s track record on healthcare reform at a political event Saturday.
Speaking at a rally in St. Louis, Missouri, Clinton was addressing the issue of “standing up” against “powerful forces” to reform US healthcare when she questioned Sanders’ past efforts in this area.
“I always get a little chuckle when I hear my opponent talking about [reform],” she said, “well, I don’t know where he was when I was trying to get healthcare in ‘93 and ‘94.”
Shortly after Clinton’s comments were shared on social media, Sanders campaigner Mike Casca tweeted archive C-SPAN footage from the mid-90s, showing then-Vermont Congressman Sanders standing directly behind Clinton as she addresses a crowd on the healthcare “reform effort".
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In the video, Clinton specifically thanks Sanders for his support.
literally standing right behind her. https://t.co/B2cvs4UNthhttps://t.co/oVA6WccMmZpic.twitter.com/QeKLnBG337— mike casca (@cascamike) March 12, 2016
for the record, she did know he was there: “i’m grateful that congressman sanders would join us today from vermont.” https://t.co/B2cvs4UNth— mike casca (@cascamike) March 12, 2016
@cascamike@PittsBern and there's this pic.twitter.com/rhXYWzTF1y— Jack Maedgen (@JackMaedgen) March 12, 2016
The United States must join the rest of the industrialized world and provide health care as a right to every man, woman and child.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 13, 2016
Unsurprisingly, Clinton came under fire online for her comment about Sanders’ commitment to healthcare change:
Clinton, Sanders was not with me on healthcare, a photo is worth a 1000 words, he was standing right behind u in 93 https://t.co/yWOaareDjQ— Kim Williams (@kimwilliamsde) March 13, 2016
Wow! Talk about putting your foot in your mouth. https://t.co/EF8JZSRpbA#clinton#sanders#notmeus#feelthebern— regina weiss (@reginagroks) March 13, 2016
The Clinton/Sanders health care thing is by far the best part of the presidential race so far.— Kris Lipscombe (@halbpro) March 13, 2016
Both Democratic candidates are due to debate at a CNN town hall event in Ohio Sunday evening, two days before five more states go to the polls to cast a vote for their Democratic candidate of choice.
Hundreds of delegates are up for grabs in the votes in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.