The People the Democratic Candidates Are Thrilled to Have Pissed Off
Near the end of the first Democratic primary debate on Oct. 13, Anderson Cooper, referencing a quote from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, asked the candidates who they're most proud to claim as an enemy. Their answers were revealing about the kind of campaigns they're running. More debate coverage: http://bit.ly/1X1MSXG
- •Bernie Sanders, the Democratic socialist, named Wall Street and the pharmaceutical companies.
- •Martin O'Malley, who argued Sanders wasn't liberal enough on gun control, named the National Rifle Administration.
- •Lincoln Chafee said "the coal lobby" — although he pointed out that he "tried to bring them to the table" while working on climate change.
- •Hillary Clinton, whose experience was on full display, turned the number of enemies she's made — "the NRA, the health insurance companies, the drug companies, the Iranians" — into a positive, before saying "probably the Republicans."
- •Former Sen. Jim Webb, meanwhile, who often seemed to be in a different party than everyone else, didn't name a political enemy at all: "I would have to say the enemy soldier that threw the grenade that wounded me but he's not around right now to talk to."