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Clinton Campaign Spiked 2015 Op-ed Idea That Went 'Full Sanders'

Clinton Campaign Spiked 2015 Op-ed Idea That Went 'Full Sanders'

 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., appear on stage together at a rally at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

By    |   Monday, 07 November 2016 07:40 PM

In the days following last year's terrorist attack in Paris, Hillary Clinton's campaign aides discussed writing an op-ed that tied terrorism to climate change, but ditched the idea because it was too close to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' view.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, WikiLeaks released a chain of emails that contain a draft of the op-ed originally destined for the Financial Times.

Drawing a parallel between the two issues, however, was shot down by multiple people on Clinton's team.

"I think trying to lead with terrorism and bridging to climate change is a mistake and will ring hollow," senior strategist Joel Benenson wrote in response to aide Kristina Costa's op-ed draft.

"I [believe] right now Americans are quite anxious about the threat of ISIS and this topper is going to risk many writing this as though she's linking terrorism to climate change."

An alternate idea of writing a climate change-themed op-ed was floated, which would have been timed to appear around the Paris climate change talks late last year.

Costa later defended herself in the chain, saying she did not think Clinton should "go full Sanders and imply an equivalency or a linkage.

"I do think that, timing this for the opening of the conference, for a more international audience in the FT, it is worth some kind of acknowledgement. But can certainly make this 100 percent climate if that is the consensus."

The op-ed never appeared in the Financial Times, but the Free Beacon reports that an op-ed about climate change carrying Clinton's byline was published in Time magazine around the same time.

Sanders challenged Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary but ultimately fell short to the former secretary of state.

Other emails made public have showed the Democratic National Committee showed favoritism toward Clinton and appeared to help her knock out Sanders for a spot on the ballot.

In another case, DNC official Donna Brazile — who became the organization's interim chairwoman over the summer — allegedly leaked a question to Clinton's campaign ahead of a Democratic primary town hall.

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In the days following last year's terrorist attack in Paris, Hillary Clinton's campaign aides discussed writing an op-ed that tied terrorism to climate change, but ditched the idea because it was too close to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' view.
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