Released on Tuesday, Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen’s new book “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign” delivers the first detailed look into the Democratic nominee’s run for President. While most of the press is reporting on the book’s conclusion that deals with Hillary’s election night woes, a tidbit about Bernie Sanders’ support of Clinton is perhaps a more fitting post-mortem for the failed campaign.
In September of last year, Clinton’s campaign asked the Vermont Senator to record dialogue for an upcoming ad. The script sent to Sanders had him praising Clinton’s ideas on healthcare and education, while slamming Trump’s economic policy. Then, the ad would conclude with Sanders using Hillary’s campaign slogan: “I’m with her.” However, Senator Sanders refused to say those words. According to the book, Sanders said:
“It’s so phony! I don’t want to say that.”
Ultimately, the ad was not used in a TV campaign because voters in focus groups felt that Sanders did not actually support Hillary and that the ad was not authentic. Instead, the recordings of Sanders were chopped into smaller videos and used in online campaigns.