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Clinton blasts Bernie Sanders, while her lead in the polls slips

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In a new New York Times/CBS News poll, Bernie Sanders is now only 7 percentage points behind Hillary Clinton nationwide as the Democratic primary race tightens. While Clinton’s take in the polls is 48 percent nationally, Sanders seems to be surging in Iowa and New Hampshire and boasts 41 percent, a drastic shift from just a month ago when Clinton lead 52 percent to 32 percent. Meanwhile, in a CNN interview, Clinton criticized her main contender on several issues, slamming him for not releasing a tax plan to explain how he would pay for such proposals as single-payer health insurance and free public college tuition. “Senator Sanders has some very big ideas, but he hasn’t yet told anybody how he would pay for them,” Clinton told Alisyn Camerota. “And he had promised that he would roll out his tax plans before the Iowa caucus in February. Well, if you wait too long, nobody will have a chance to see them or analyze them.” The Democratic frontrunner also responded to Joe Biden describing her as being “relatively new” to the issue of income inequality, by saying she had approached the issue in many different ways, such as through healthcare and education. In a clear dig at Sanders, however, she also emphasized that income equality is  “not the only thing I talk about.”

CONCORD, NH - JANUARY 12: Chelsea Clinton, daughter of democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speaks at a roundtable discussion on early education, as Kelli MacIver Bruns looks on, at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center January 12, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. Chelsea's visit to New Hampshire follows a visit by her father Bill Clinton a week ago.(Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Chelsea Clinton campaigns for her mother on  January 12, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. For the first time, she criticized Bernie Sanders, who’s closing in on frontrunner Hillary Clinton in several new polls. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

And Hillary wasn’t the only Clinton blasting the upstart senator from Vermont. While stumping for her mother in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Chelsea Clinton got in on the act, and took a shot at Sanders — a strategy she’d avoided until now. According to ABC News, she attacked Sanders on his health care stance, saying, “I never thought that I would be arguing about the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare in the Democratic primary. Senator Sanders wants to dismantle Obamacare, dismantle the CHIP program, dismantle Medicare and private insurance.” She added that her mother has a proven record on health care issues.

Finally, on Monday morning, Hillary picked up another key endorsement. Former Attorney General Eric Holder, in a statement to The Associated Press, announced he is backing the Democratic frontrunner. In the statement, he said Clinton “is the candidate we need in the White House.” The endorsement is seen as being pivotal as the Clinton campaign looks to shore up the black vote — Holder was the first black attorney general in U.S. history.

Read the full story at The New York Times and CNN.


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