Published: Thu, January 28, 2016
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

What Bernie Sanders's Meeting With President Obama Means


By contrast, Sanders has only had one one-on-one meeting, in December 2014, with Obama during his presidency.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. "Sanders has had great success engaging and even inspiring a large segment of the Democratic party".

"I think it's fair to say I have a 40-year record in going after inequality", said Clinton, adding that she's also fought inequality on the basis of race, gender and sexual orientation. A new Quinnipiac poll of Iowa has Sanders moving ahead of Clinton with 49 percent support to her 45 percent.

That's a sharp contrast to Obama's relationship with Clinton - which has been both deep and complicated. "It means that she can govern and she can start here, day one, more experienced than any non-vice president has ever been who aspires to this office".

"We have a long-game strategy", Jeff Weaver, Sanders's campaign manager, said in an interview. Indeed, a younger Obama once cheered that effort.

Sanders appeared bullish about his chances in the Hawkeye State, but also downplayed expectations he would pull off a stunning upset of Clinton there like Obama did eight years ago. The president has met multiple times behind closed doors with Clinton, most recently last month.

Clinton's is a super cut of her speaking out on children's and family issues throughout her career, ending with the former secretary of state saying, "I've spent my life fighting for children, families and our country and I'm not stopping now".

Sanders rails against the gap between the nation's wealthy and poor, which has grown during Obama's presidency, and slams the role of Wall Street and big corporations in the economy. In 2012, Obama blessed the creation of a Democratic super PAC, Priorities USA Action, to support his re-election bid.

Sanders, who is riding a burst of enthusiasm in Iowa, reiterated his calls for free tuition at public colleges and universities and implementing a single payer health care system that would cover all Americans, even though he'd raise taxes to pay for the latter proposal.

"Dr. Califf's extensive ties to the pharmaceutical industry give me no reason to believe that he would make the FDA work for ordinary Americans, rather than just the CEOs of pharmaceutical companies", Sanders said in a statement Tuesday, six days before he faces Hillary Clinton in the crucial Iowa caucuses.

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