I’ve had writers who have sat exactly where you’re sitting, and I’ve talked for an hour on every major issue facing the American people — gone on for an hour — and at the end, somebody asks me for a word on Hillary Clinton. And the story is “Bernie Sanders Hillary Clinton.” That is the corporate media’s worldview. That is their only understanding of how a campaign can be run: when one candidate attacks the other candidate.
Now, I’ve known Hillary Clinton for many years. Let me confess: I like Hillary. I disagree with Hillary Clinton on many issues. My job is to differentiate myself from her on the issues — not by personal attacks. I’ve never run a negative ad in my life. Why not? First of all, in Vermont, they don’t work — and, frankly, I think increasingly around this country they don’t work. I really do believe that people want a candidate to come up with solutions to America’s problems rather than just attacking his or her opponent. If you look at politics as a baseball game or a football game, then I’m supposed to be telling the people that my opponents are the worst people in the world and I’m great. That’s crap; I don’t believe that for a second… I don’t need to spend my life attacking Hillary Clinton or anybody else. I want to talk about my ideas on the issues.
Bernie Sanders Speaks