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Steinhauser: Bill Clinton tells NH1 News 'there's nothing wrong' with his daughter's criticism of Sanders

NH1 News Political Director

KEENE – Bill Clinton says “there’s nothing wrong” with his daughter Chelsea’s criticism of Sen. Bernie Sanders health care proposals.

The former president made his comments as he answered a question from NH1 News along the rope line Wednesday in Keene following a rally for his wife Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Bill Clinton was in New Hampshire one day after Chelsea Clinton was campaigning for her mother in the first-in-the-nation primary state. Asked about the Vermont senator’s single payer health care proposals, Chelsea Clinton said "Sen. Sanders wants to dismantle Obamacare, dismantle the chip program, dismantle Medicare, dismantle private insurance.”

With the war of words between Hillary Clinton and Sanders heating up as the poll numbers between the two Democratic presidential candidates tighten, Chelsea Clinton’s comments quickly grabbed headlines.

Asked about his daughters comments, Bill Clinton told NH1 News “it’s what she does for a living. She teaches public health. She’s worked in the private sector on helping the British set up a new hospital system. She’s devoted a decade to that. She knows more about it than almost everybody. And she got asked a question about it. So she simply described what was in his plan, what was in Hillary’s plan. She’s actually read the plans. And there’s nothing wrong with what she did. She answered a question. And that’s what New Hampshire’s about, answering voters questions.”

Moments earlier, Clinton told CNN’s Dan Merica that it’s appropriate for both the Clinton and Sanders campaigns to make contrasts over policy.

“All they should be doing now is talking about the differences in their positions. That’s good and that’s healthy for democracy,” he said.

And asked about the tightening of the polls between Clinton and Sanders, Bill Clinton said "I am surprised it didn't happen 60 days ago."

Clinton’s event in Keene, a grassroots organizing rally at Keene State College, was the first of three he was headlining Wednesday close to the state border with Vermont.

During his comments to the audience, Clinton played the dutiful role of top surrogate, saying that his wife is “the best person to win the election.”

“More than any other candidate in either party, she has shown an astonishing ability to find common ground,” Clinton added.

A couple of hours before the former president took to the stage in Keene, Sanders jabbed at Hillary Clinton with a tweet that included a photo of the two of them from 1993 with an apparent hand written note from the then-first lady saying "To Bernie Sanders with thanks for your commitment to real healthcare access for all Americans."


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