Former Clinton Adviser Says Sanders and Warren Push 'Stupid' Ideas in Expletive-Heavy Interview

Democratic strategist James Carville has hit out against "stupid" ideas being pushed by 2020 election candidates, including Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. In an interview with Vox, the 75-year-old ex-Clinton adviser criticized the candidates.

"The fate of the world depends on the Democrats getting their s*** together and winning," he told the website. "We have to beat Trump."

Carville, a veteran Democratic operative and political commentator, fumed that candidates were distracted and lacked talking points that appeal to the public.

It expanded further on his MSNBC rant earlier in the week, during which he complained the party needs to "wake up and talk about things that are relevant to people."

"I love Warren's day care plan just like I love Booker's baby bonds," he told Vox in an expletive-filled chat. "That's the kind of stuff our candidates should explain and define clearly and repeatedly for voters and not get diverted by whatever the hell is in the air that day.

"Here's another stupid thing: Democrats talking about free college tuition or debt forgiveness. I'm not here to debate the idea. What I can tell you is that people all over this country worked their way through school, sent their kids to school, paid off student loans. They don't want to hear this s***. You saw Warren confronted by an angry voter over this. It's not a winning message."

And despite saying he would vote for Sanders if he gained the nomination, Carville did not hold back on criticizing the candidate who closely matched Buttigieg in Iowa.

"You've got Bernie Sanders talking about letting criminals and terrorists vote from jail cells," the long-time strategist fumed. "It doesn't matter what you think about any of that, or if there are good arguments—talking about that is not how you win a national election.

"For f***'s sake, we've got Trump at Davos talking about cutting Medicare and no one in the party has the sense to plaster a picture of him up there sucking up to the global elites, talking about cutting taxes for them while he's talking about cutting Medicare back home. Jesus, this is so obvious and so easy and I don't see any of the candidates taking advantage of it."

Sanders and Warren appeared on-stage Friday during a Democratic debate in New Hampshire, which saw Buttigieg clash with candidate Andrew Yang about the president. The event also heard from former vice president Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer.

"Trump is not the cause of all of our problems and we are making a mistake when we act like he is," Yang said during the debate. "He is a symptom of a disease that has been building up in our communities for years and decades. It's our job to get to the harder work of actually curing the disease."

While each candidate made their own share of political jibes, there was a sense of unity on the need to stop Trump from being re-elected in November. "Everybody up here by the way is united; no matter who wins this damn thing, we're all going to stand together," Sanders said. "I believe the way we beat Trump is by having the largest voter turnout in the history of his country."

Buttigieg appealed to voters from all sides of the political divide. "I...admit that if you're looking for the person with the most years of Washington establishment experience under their belt, you've got your candidate, and of course it's not me," he said, as reported by The Hill.

"We have to be ready to turn the page and change our politics before it's too late. And I'm seeing everywhere I go, not just fellow Democrats, but a striking number of independents, and what I like to call future former Republicans ready to join in that historic American majority to turn the page."

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Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) participate in the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College on February 07, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Joe Raedle/Getty