Sanders Calls Bill Clinton's Past 'Disgraceful' but Bashes Republicans for Focusing On It

"But I'm running against Hillary Clinton. I'm not running against Bill Clinton."

During a campaign stop on Friday, Bernie Sanders decried Bill Clinton's sexually aggressive past but struggled to see how that has anything to do with running a campaign against Hillary Clinton.

"Look, Hillary Clinton is not Bill Clinton. What Bill Clinton did, I think we can all acknowledge, was totally, totally, totally disgraceful and unacceptable," Sanders said. "But I'm running against Hillary Clinton. I'm not running against Bill Clinton, though I gather he's been in Iowa recently."

Mr. Clinton has, in fact, been out on the campaign trail stumping for his wife. And that alone is exactly why his past matters and how Hillary's supposed support for women, especially those abused by men, is called into question by her husband's blitz. But instead of making that connection, Sanders bashed Republicans for focusing on what he considers a non-issue:

But I'm running against Hillary Clinton and I believe -- and I gotta say this… I think what we need to do as a nation, certainly something that the Republicans are not doing, is focus on the bloody issues facing this country. So, what I am doing is contrasting my record with Hillary Clinton's record and they are very, very different records. But I am not going to get into the personal stuff.

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Bernie Sanders called President Bill Clinton's behavior "totally disgraceful and unacceptable."

Posted by POLITICO on Friday, January 8, 2016