Clinton Knocks Sanders: Americans Can’t ‘Hold Out For The Perfect’

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Hillary Clinton made some unsubtle jabs at her Democratic presidential opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during a Wednesday speech, framing him as unrealistic in his domestic policy aims and unprepared to handle foreign policy crises.

“Some folks may have the luxury to hold out for the perfect,” Clinton told the crowd at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. “But a lot of Americans are hurting right now and they can’t wait for that.”

“Making a real difference for people and families comes first,” she said later in the speech.

The remark also recalled Clinton’s acknowledgment in a Democratic presidential debate earlier this month that she’s “not a natural politician.

Clinton went on to tout her record of supporting both healthcare for 9/11 first responders and stricter gun regulations as a New York senator as examples of the pragmatic reforms she would advocate for as president.

“This is a city that likes to get things done and that’s what we want from our president too,” Clinton said. “I take a backseat to no one in taking on income inequality.”

Clinton repeatedly hit her opponent for his record on gun control, including his vote against the Brady Bill, an act that mandated federal background checks on firearm purchasers.

She also positioned herself as the only 2016 candidate capable of keeping the United States safe from potential terrorist threats.

“Protecting national security can’t be an afterthought,” Clinton told the enthusiastic Manhattan crowd.

The former secretary of state reserved her harshest criticisms for her Republican opponents, calling out Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) by name.

“When Donald Trump talks casually about using torture and allowing more countries to get nuclear weapons or when Ted Cruz calls for treating American Muslims like criminals and racially profiling predominantly Muslim neighborhoods, that doesn’t make them sound strong,” Clinton said. “It makes them sound in over their heads.”

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  1. Oh my God – the tone, the tone!

    Quick, fetch my fainting couch!

  2. Avatar for meri meri says:

    I can already see the Bernie fans now: EVEN CLINTON ADMITS THAT BERNIE IS PERFECT!

    You’re not getting the nomination, Bernie. Make a deal with Clinton to drop your campaign in exchange for some concessions already.

  3. “Some folks may have the luxury to hold out for the perfect, Ms. Sarandon" Clinton told the crowd at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. “But a lot of Americans are hurting right now and they can’t wait for that.”

    FIFY

  4. “The perfect is the enemy of the good.”

    That’s true, but at the same time, if we don’t aim high, we end up settling for less than we can achieve.

    I want Democrats to aim high, and I want them to move the ball inch by inch until we get there.

    Contrast that with today’s GOP, who are all too willing to watch the world burn until they get everything they want, with no exception and no compromise.

  5. Avatar for grack grack says:

    “Some folks may have the luxury to hold out for the perfect,” Clinton told the crowd at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

    Sue Sarandon comes to mind

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