Clinton, Sanders Spar As New Poll Gives Sanders The Lead In Iowa

Jan 12, 2016

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton continued to spar last night in Des Moines. With the Iowa caucuses less than three weeks away, Clinton has been attacking Sanders for votes he made that she says shield gun makers and sellers. At the Iowa Brown and Black Forum last night, moderator Jorge Ramos pressed Sanders about it.

"Have you noticed maybe that she's been getting more aggressive with you?" Ramos asked. Sanders smiled and said, "Yes...I don't know. It could be that the inevitable candidate for the Democratic nomination may not be so inevitable today."

A new poll released today by Quinnipiac University suggests Sanders is now the top choice among likely Democratic caucus-goers.  He received the support of 49-percent of likely caucus-goers, while Clinton received 44-percent.  Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley received the support of four-percent.

At last night’s forum, both Sanders and Clinton said they support a law giving Americans three months of paid family and medical leave. Sanders would pay for it with a new payroll tax. He accuses Clinton of offering a "vague" way to pay for it.

"That's interesting because I have laid out, specifically, my tax plans," Clinton said. "And my friend, Senator Sanders, has said that he will lay his out before the Iowa Caucus and I and others will be anxious to see them."

The Brown and Black Forum was billed as an event to press the three Democratic candidates to address issues minority voters consider important.