tactic used by missouri's democratic senator in 2012 who put together a $1.7 million ad buy to boost the profile of missouri republican congressman todd akin in his primary who she saw as weaker challenger. it worked. akin won and she beat him in the general election. it's why she took to twitter to call ricketts out. she goes i see you joe ricketts and i know what you're up to. don't fall for it iowa democrats. clinton said she thought the ad was flattering because if they know if they are up against me, i have a much better chance to win. should democratic voters trust their judgment on which candidate is more electable? joining me now democratic pollster. i understand why people make this judgment that hillary clinton is a better general election candidate. if you're going to trust anyone, it's like from brilliant minds that have brought you the right super pac comes our judgment of the american people, like why should i listen to them? >> they've got an audience out there. they are trying to put their thumbs on the scale for senator sanders there. >> maybe they're i don't think.
," backers questioning whether sanders would win a general election. missouri governor, jay nixon, said here in the heartland, we like our politicians in the mainstream. he is not. he is a socialist. senator claire mccaskill said it makes it impossible for democrats in a state like missouri. continued with that line of criticism in an interview. >> do you believe a socialist could win the presidency of the united states? >> i can only speak for my state. i think it would be absolutely impossible for a self-declared socialist to win in a state like missouri. and you've got to win states like missouri if you're going to win the presidency. states like indiana, states like ohio, states like pennsylvania. it is very hard, i think, for most americans to see how socialism would cure the problems that we are facing right now. >> i should note that barack obama, who won a lot of states people thought were impossible for a democrat to win, even he lost missouri twice. that said, tennessee congressman steve cohen voiced his concerns for democrats seeking re-election with bernie sanders at the top
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