Appearing at his first post-Super Tuesday rally, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders rekindled his criticism Wednesday of the party’s front-runner, Hillary Clinton, for her Wall Street ties and for taking campaign donations from “weirdo billionaires.”
Sanders, who fell further behind Clinton in the delegate count for the nomination Tuesday, highlighted the series of paid speeches she gave after leaving the State Department, including one to Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs, for which she reportedly received $225,000.
“If it was such a very good speech, clearly you want to share it with the American people,” Sanders told a raucous crowd of about 2,400 people packed in a downtown theater here. “So we urge Secretary Clinton to share that extraordinary speech with the American people. Tell us what you said behind closed doors to Goldman Sachs.”
The Vermont senator also cited Sunday’s Academy Awards acceptance speech of Adam McKay, screenwriter of “The Big Short,” a film about Wall Street excesses, in which McKay urged the audience not to vote for politicians “who take money from big banks, big oil or weirdo billionaires.”
“On the Democratic side . . . there is one candidate who does take many millions of dollars from big banks, from the fossil fuel industry and perhaps weirdo billionaires – and that one candidate is not me,” Sanders said.
At the outset of his hour-long stump speech here, Sanders told the crowd that he has a good shot at winning the Maine caucuses Sunday and that he thought he had an “an extraordinary night” on Super Tuesday.
Sanders recounted the four primaries and caucuses in which he prevailed, including in his home state of Vermont.
“It was a close election,” Sanders said sarcastically. “We only won by 72 points.”
The only one of his seven losses that Sanders mentioned was the Massachusetts primary, where Clinton beat him by a single percentage point. Sanders said he and Clinton split the delegates awarded by the state roughly evenly.
Sanders spoke more effusively about his victories in Minnesota, where he said the state’s governor and two senators were working against him, and in Colorado and Oklahoma.
Sanders also alluded to the number of pundits who are counting him out for the nomination, saying “the pundits have been wrong from day one.”
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