Clinton and Sanders Spar Over Gun Safety Records

Jan 8, 2016

Democratic presidential candidates are responding to President Obama’s op-ed in the New York Times. The president wrote he will not support any candidate – even in his own party – who does not support common-sense gun reform.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says there’s “zero daylight” between him and the president on the issue of guns. In an interview with Iowa Public Radio, Hillary Clinton says Sanders voted for legislation to keep gun makers and dealers safe from liability lawsuits.

“When it really mattered Senator Sanders voted with the gun lobby and I voted against the gun lobby," Clinton says. "I think as the president has said guns should be a voting issue. Senator Sanders has been wrong on gun safety.”

Meanwhile, the Sanders campaign accuses Clinton as flip-flopping on the issue which she calls false

"There is a mythology going around that I am not concerned about the mass killings that we have seen in this country," Sanders tells a crowd in Des Moines on Saturday. "And about the fact that guns are falling into the hands of people who should not have them."

Sanders says he’s voted for instant background checks and wants to see them expanded.

Both Sanders and Clinton will appear together in Iowa at a forum focused on minority issues on Monday.