On Wednesday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, co-host Mika Brzezinski mocked the Democratic National Committee led by chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz for how the organization has handled the debate process.
Some have suggested the debates have been scheduled to favor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign. However, her opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been on the rise in recent weeks, both nationally and in the early primary states.
Partial transcript as follows:
SCARBOROUGH: Bernie needs to drop out too.
BRZEZINSKI: Yeah, you know what? It’s good that everybody ignored him so much and thought that he was just this crazy socialist that would go away. You know, it was really smart of the Clinton campaign, actually, and –
SCARBOROUGH: All right. With less than two weeks remaining before –
BRZEZINSKI: — the DNC trying to control the election by making less debates? Good on you. You screwed yourself.
SCARBOROUGH: A new Monmouth University nationwide shows Bernie Sanders now trailing Hillary Clinton by 15 points. She led by 33 points a month ago. But that comes as a new WMUR/CNN poll out of New Hampshire shows Bernie Sanders opening up a shocking, commanding 27-point lead over Clinton. He led by 10 points in this poll back in December. Clinton led by eight points just in June.
BRZEZINSKI: Thank God you controlled that debate thing because that really helped out.
SCARBOROUGH: The Vermont senators viewed favorably by 91 percent of New Hampshire Democrat polled, while Clinton is viewed favorably by 65 percent. Let’s look at some more trends — since last year Senator Sanders net favorable rating in New Hampshire has steadily improved while Secretary Clinton’s has eroded over the same period of time.
BRZEZINSKI: It all comes as Senator Sanders continues to criticize Clinton’s record out on the trail.
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