As the Iowa caucuses rear just around the corner, an extremely tight (and tossup) race between Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton has dominated the news. Some pundits see Clinton reliving 2008 Iowa all over again while others say she might pull off a win. The same pundits see Bernie Sanders emerging victorious, thus crippling the Clinton campaign.
But as the election draws near, the Sanders campaign is facing scrutiny for seemingly forging endorsements from the AARP and the League of Conservation Voters by attaching their logos onto mailing pieces. The mailers included a photo featuring AARP members wearing red shirts with their 2016 election slogan “Take a Stand.” The AARP released a statement distancing themselves from the Sanders campaign, saying:
In response to the Sanders campaign mailing featuring AARP and the Association’s Take A Stand campaign, AARP does not endorse candidates, have a political action committee (PAC), or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. While we have encouraged the presidential candidates to lay out their plans to update Social Security, AARP did not authorize the Sanders campaign to mention AARP or use the AARP logo, and we did not participate in its production. We have a proud 30-year history of non-partisan voter engagement, providing voters with information on where the candidates stand on issues important to our members and their families, so they can make their own decisions on Election Day. AARP’s Take A Stand campaign is pressing all candidates to lay out their plan to make Social Security financially sound for future generations. Yet in the last two debates, candidates either dodged the issue or spoke in soundbites not specifics
A pamphlet touting Sanders’ rating from the League also features their logo, which the campaign did not get permission to do. According to the League, a candidate can only use their logo if they have received an endorsement, which it has not done. The interesting part, however, is that Clinton received the endorsement from the League, not Sanders.
The Sanders campaign has not responded for comment, according to Newsweek.
The Sanders campaign has been notoriously hemorrhaging endorsements. Compared to Clinton’s staggering 43 endorsements from labor unions and organizations, Sanders has garnered only 18. So perhaps the mishap with the mailings is telling of the Sanders campaign going into the Iowa caucuses.
Around this time, Sanders workers were also caught deceiving hotel workers in Las Vegas in order to gain access to employee only areas during a culinary union demonstration. Their mission? Gain access and campaign in the hotel’s employee only sections to persuade voters. The union has decided to stay neutral in the election, and with the Nevada primary coming up in a few short weeks, Sanders trails Clinton.
Senator Sanders and his campaign have some explaining to do.
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