If voters had any sense, it would be automatically disqualifying to have voted against TARP. I’m glad at least that Hillary has finally pushed back and used pretty much the same exact verbiage I do, calling it the “so-called bailout” and noting that it was all paid back with interest.
So, a little more nuanced. The bill that Sanders voted against contained both the auto and the bank bailout. He voted against it. His reply:
So - on principle - he voted against bailing out both the auto industry and the banking industry, because the Wall Street banks were included.
I personally disagree with him; failing to bail out the banks would have led to a worse recession, IMO, and as I recall the payback of the bailout was baked into the bill.
Basically, Sanders voted due to his desire to punish Wall Street, for their greed, etc.
I distrust ideologues, even when I agree with them.
I don’t think it’s dishonest at all. When it came down to it, rescuing the auto industry meant less to Sanders than punishing the financial industry. That may well encapsulate the divide between Clinton and Sanders in a nutshell, and Clinton is perfectly justified in pointing it out. I wonder how Sanders’ justification of it will play going forward.
I think Sanders is losing his authenticity cred. Sanders’ history on immigration is of defending low income American workers from cheap labor the same way he does on trade. He’s flip flopped for no particular reason other than that Latino voters can be important in some Democratic primaries.