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Former Clinton aide blames Bernie Sanders for Hillary’s disapproval rating

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Neera Tanden thinks her former boss Hillary Clinton is still Berned.

The Democratic presidential candidate’s poll number haven’t been the greatest lately, with Republican candidate Donald Trump closing in on her small lead, and Tanden, president of the Center of American Progress, believes Clinton can thank primary opponent Bernie Sanders for her high unfavorability ratings.

In an interview with Politico’s Glenn Thrush posted to YouTube, Tanden said the Vermont senator’s scathing attacks on his opponent have had lasting power.

This primary … there was much more open attacks on being bought and paid for and all that stuff. Sen. Sanders prosecuted a much … tougher character attack,” she said. “I actually have to say, … I think he brought a lot of really important issues to the fore, but he did do significant damage to Hillary’s negatives. He drove a lot of those negatives.”

“Just to be candid, … I think that getting those kinds of attacks from another Democrat or another liberal or another progressive is much tougher for Hillary, and it was really hard,” said Tanden, who was policy director for Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential campaign before jumping ship to the same role for President Obama after the primary. – READ MORE

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