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Ed Klein: Clinton, Sanders Both 'To the Far Left'

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders are both "to the very far left in the Democratic Party" — but it was Sanders who helped himself the most in their first debate Tuesday night, journalist and author Ed Klein tells Newsmax TV.

In a panel discussion with hosts Steve Malzberg and Rick Unger after the Democrats' first presidential primary debate, Klein, the author of "Unlikeable: The Problem With Hillary," said Sanders, however, "did help himself a lot" in the face-off.

"The socialist… that label is no longer so scary," Klein said, noting he came off as "a good American, and he's obviously full of enthusiasm, talks from the heart… [and was] the most engaging person on the stage and that is very important."

Clinton "went in there not to lose the debate and to look like she was in control of her anger," he added.

"Sanders … had a mission," Klein said. "The Democratic Party is much closer to … Bernie Sanders than it is to … Hillary Clinton… She isn't more likable because of this debate… she did come across as well prepared…. Sanders did himself a huge favor in this debate."

Klein faulted Clinton for letting slide an initial opportunity to distinguish herself as different than Sanders on the issues.

"If you're an average citizen watching the debate… everybody is to the very far left in the Democratic Party," he said of the debaters. "They're all in favor of giving more free stuff to people, climate change…"

"[Clinton] was saying she agrees with Bernie on almost everything," he added. "And she was trying to take him down at the beginning… she was hitting him on being a socialist and his stand on guns…. then she forgot to do that in the second half of the debate and went after the Republicans."

Yet Klein said the front-runner did not "hurt herself at all" in the face-off.

"She looked pretty good, she was well prepared on almost every subject… except on the … question 'what's the greatest threat to America'," he said. "I don't think anyone ever asked her that and she didn't memorize the answer."

Analyst Dick Morris added "Hillary is now going to have play defense" in her race against Sanders.

"She's running as if there's still a center to the Democratic Party," he said. "There is not."

Klein also noted despite Clinton's efforts to bolster her alliance with President Barack Obama during the debate, "if I was Barack Obama… I would be laughing so hard."

"Because Hillary tried to close the gap between her and Obama… that they were basically good buddies which is absolutely the opposite of the truth," he said.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders are both to the very far left in the Democratic Party — but it was Sanders who helped himself the most in their first debate Tuesday night, journalist and author Ed Klein tells Newsmax TV.
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