Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Bernie Finally Admits He Lost Iowa

It took him long enough, and there were dark allusions to coin flips and recalls-as Nate Silver tells us, the coin flip stuff was an Urban Legend that MSNBC decided to propagate.

This after his lawsuit against the DNC-ironic as his team stole the data. However, he is finally admitting he lost. Sort of:

Bernie Sanders accepted his defeat in the Iowa caucuses on Wednesday morning, while remarking that his campaign is still looking at contesting the results.

“Well, sure," the Vermont senator told NBC's Matt Lauer on "Today," appearing from Burlington, Vermont, when asked if he accepted the results. "She ends up getting about 22 delegates. We get about 20 delegates."

"Sanders again painted his close second-place finish as a success, explaining that his campaign started out in Iowa "about 40 to 50 points down" only to lose it by "two-tenths of one percent."

"Although to tell you the truth, the Iowa caucus is so complicated, it’s not 100 percent sure we didn’t win it," he added. "But we feel fantastic. We came a long, long way in Iowa and now we’re in New Hampshire. We have a lot of momentum.”

As far as whether his campaign planned to contest the results, Sanders demurred, instead emphasizing his success.

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However, here is something he shouldn't be allowed to get away with:

"Asked whether his campaign could claim Clinton's campaign as "the most powerful political organization" in the country when he has more money in the bank headed to New Hampshire, Sanders stressed once more that he does not have a super PAC working for him like the former secretary of state."

"You have a super PAC, which has $25 million from Secretary Clinton, $15 million coming from Wall Street," he said. "Our campaign contributions are $27 apiece coming from three and a half million individual contributions. Also, when we go into New Hampshire, let’s not forget: Hillary Clinton won New Hampshire in 2008. She has a very strong organization. Her husband ran two campaigns there.”

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If he again boasts tonight at the CNN Town Hall that he has no Super PAC she needs to call him on it.

"Bernie Sanders Has Benefited More From Super PAC Money Than His Democratic Rivals."

"The Super Pac in question said they 'appreciate the irony' and would 'rather not be doing this' but they 'want to see Bernie as president'

“It’s not a super PAC, super PACs are corrupt,” RoseAnn DeMoro, the executive director of National Nurses United, said. “They’re a way for the billionaires to influence the political process and spend unlimited money. This is nurses who want to get our support for Bernie out there. That’s way different than the Koch brothers. This isn’t big money. I think people understand the difference.”

That denial points to a disconnect between public perception of what a super PAC is and how they operate on the ground. Voters often associate super PACs with billionaires and vast sums of corporate money. But not all are alike. The groups can also raise unlimited amounts of money from individuals and labor unions."

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