Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff wanted nothing to do with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Wall Street claims against Clinton, according to an email released Friday through WikiLeaks.
Dan Schwerin, director of speech writing for the Clinton campaign, wrote an email to staff where he describes a possible positive message for Clinton on the topic of Wall Street.
“HRC does not want to call Bernie out by name in her speech Wednesday night, but she does want to drive a more effective and comprehensive contrast with him. In particular, she’s keen to find a way to keep going after him on Wall Street (she’s convinced his plan is naive and unworkable) as part of a broader indictment,” Schwerin said.
Director of communications for the Clinton campaign, Jennifer Palmieri, wrote back saying: “I liked messing with Bernie on wall street at a staff level for the purposes of muddying the waters and throwing them off their game a bit. But don’t know that it is most effective contrast for her. Seems like we are picking the fight he wants to have.”
Mandy Grunwald, political consultant and media advisor, agreed with Palmieri. “I agree with you. Bernie wants a fight on a Wall Street. We should not give him one. Our polling shows this is one of our weakest areas.”
Chief Foreign Policy Advisor Jake Sullivan replied: “My concern on this continues to be that Bernie gets to whack her around and she is purely positive to him in reply.”
Grunwald wrote in the thread: “We don’t need to prove he’s bad on Wall Street– that’s not really credible. We need to prove we’re ok.”
“Most of all, we don’t want this fight,” Grunwald continued.
“If you want to make the question of the campaign, who will best stand up to Wall Street, Sanders is the answer and he’ll give you $35 million reasons why. We have good strong things to say about our plans and we have a great whack on the GOP. I don’t know why we would choose to fight this out on Sanders best turf,” he concluded.