citing email controversy, questions Clinton's electability
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[February 01, 2016]
By Alana Wise
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic
presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday took a jab at rival
Hillary Clinton's electability, pointing to the controversy surrounding
her use of a private email server as evidence of potential damage to the
"In terms of what people are going to get slapped with, look at
the front pages today in terms of what Secretary Clinton is getting
slapped with," Sanders said on ABC's "This Week," referring to
Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state.
"There is a legal process underway right now," he said. "And I'm not
going to politicize that issue."
Sanders, a senator from Vermont, had previously refrained from
invoking the controversy over Clinton's controversial use of a
private email account on a private server. In an early Democratic
presidential debate, he declared that the American people were "sick
and tired" of hearing about it.
But the issue has taken on new urgency in recent days as the two
fight in an increasingly tight battle for the party's nomination. On
Friday, the U.S. State Department announced they would withhold
seven private email chains from Clinton's server, saying they
contain top-secret information.
Throughout the dispute, Clinton has maintained that she did nothing
wrong in conducting State Department business outside of an official
server, arguing that it was permitted and that there was precedent
for the practice.
When asked on Sunday whether she thought the call to withhold the
email exchanges was political, Clinton shied away from outwardly
accusing anyone but questioned the timing of the decision, which
came just before Monday's first-in-the-nation nominating contest in
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"I just have to point out that the timing and some of the leaks that
have led up to it are concerning," Clinton said on ABC's "This
"The best way to resolve is to do what I asked months ago, release
these, let the public see them and let's move on," she added.
In Iowa, Sanders and Clinton are locked in a statistical dead heat,
with Clinton earning 45 percent support of likely caucus-goers
compared with 42 percent for Sanders, according to a Des Moines
Nationwide, Clinton leads Sanders with 51 percent support to 40
percent, according to a Jan. 27 Reuters/Ipsos poll.
(Reporting by Alana Wise; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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