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Carville: 'Patently Ludicrous' to Say Hillary's Emails a Crime

By    |   Sunday, 07 February 2016 09:23 PM

Hillary Clinton's email investigation "is in no way like a crime," former Clinton adviser James Carville said Sunday on "The Cats Roundtable" on AM 970 in New York.

Republicans are constantly looking for "something else" to smear the former secretary of state with, Carville told host John Catsimatidis.

"Now they find out [Republican secretaries of state] Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice had stuff sent to them that was later deemed classified," Carville said. "This is no way like a crime. Remember Benghazi? Remember, we had seven congressional hearings on Benghazi? They found nothing. And this is going to be nothing, too."

Still, Carville said, "It's never going to go away."

"The idea that there’s some kind of a criminality involved in here I think is patently ludicrous," he said.

Carville also compared Clinton to her Democratic presidential rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, saying Sanders is an idealist while Clinton is more pragmatic.

"It's emerging that there's a clear distinction between the two of them," he said. Sanders "envisions this 100 percent progressive party that is the party of some ideal where everybody gets free health insurance and free college," while what Clinton "envisions is a pragmatic party that tries to get things done, that helps people and moves at a pace toward progress."

Carville said Sanders' double-digit lead in New Hampshire – neighbor to Sanders' home state of Vermont – will not follow him through the rest of the country.

"Unfortunately for supporters, as I am, of Secretary Clinton, Iowa and New Hampshire are uniquely suited states for Bernie Sanders, so he should be doing better there than in other states," Carville said. "But it’s a long process, you know, this is the top of the first inning. It’s two down and 48 to go."

Carville said he has tried to sway young people supporting Sanders to switch to Clinton, but has had no success.

"I say, 'Look, this guy doesn’t understand what’s going to happen,'" he said. "And they don’t care."

"[T]hey think they’re making some kind of a great political statement here, I’m not sure what it is," he said. "They like fact he doesn't take money."

On other issues, Carville said.
  • "It looks like Trump might be bouncing back after losing in Iowa."
  • On a proposed Iowa recount: "I'm not sure what it would accomplish."
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