Bernie Sanders just used Clinton's own words against her in a bid for more debates

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Clinton Won't Debate Sanders if He Gets Negative

Hillary Clinton's chief campaign strategist Joel Benenson told CNN on Monday that Clinton would decline further debates with primary rival Bernie Sanders unless Sanders changed his "tone."

"This is a man who said he'd never run a negative ad ever; he's now running them... Let's see the tone of the campaign he wants to run before we get to any other questions," Benenson told CNN. "Let's see if he goes back to the kind of tone he said he was going to set early on. If he does that, then we'll talk about debates."

10 facts about Hillary Clinton:

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Bernie Sanders just used Clinton's own words against her in a bid for more debates

1. She went by her maiden for years after she married Bill in 1975. She went by "Mrs. Bill Clinton" shortly after her husband lost the 1980 Arkansas gubernatorial election in part because voters had questioned their marriage's stability.

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2. She once described herself as a tomboy who wanted to be an astronaut, and wrote to NASA as a 12-year-old about how she could become an astronaut. They sent her a reply, clarifying that NASA didn't accept women in their astronaut program.

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3. She coined the term "vast right-wing conspiracy" to explain the intense scrutiny her husband faced when news of his affair with Monica Lewinsky first emerged, though she later said in a statement that she had been misled by her husband about the affair.

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3. She was the student speaker picked to give the commencement speech at Wellesley, and received a standing ovation.

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5. Her parents were Republicans, and she herself served as the president of the Young Republicans club at Wellesley. 

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6. In 1974, she was one of only three women out of 43 lawyers who worked on the inquiry into whether President Nixon would be impeached.

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7. She named her daughter Chelsea after Joni Mitchell's song "Chelsea Morning."

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9. She was the first first lady to hold a postgraduate degree (though every first lady since has held one), and up until her husband was elected president, her salary had been higher than his.

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9. She says she met Bill Clinton at the Yale law library when she approached him and said, "Look if you're going to keep staring at me, and I'm going to keep staring back, I think we should at least know each other. I'm Hillary Rodham. What's your name?"

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10. Her mother told her that she had been named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first man to to climb Everest, despite the fact that he had done so five years after she was born. A spokesperson for Clinton has said that this was a "sweet family story her mother shared to inspire greatness in her daughter, to great results I might add."

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Sanders remained tonally consistent Tuesday in a brief and biting comeback that let Clinton do all the talking.

In a 7-second clip dug up by Sanders camp, Clinton is seen undercutting Bernenson's argument with a comment she made during her failed 2008 presidential run.

"I just believe that this is the most important job in the world, it's the toughest job in the world, you should be willing to campaign for every vote," Clinton told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, in a moment caught on camera.

"You should be willing to debate anytime, anywhere."

"You should be willing to debate anytime, anywhere." — Hillary Clinton in 2008.Add your name to say that you want to...

Posted by Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Well, that settles at least one debate.

10 facts about Bernie Sanders:
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Bernie Sanders just used Clinton's own words against her in a bid for more debates

1. He's a socialist, and he doesn't deny it. When he ran for office in 1990 he responded to an ad trying to link him to Fidel Castro by saying,  "I am a socialist and everyone knows that."

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2. He used to moonlight as a comedy actor, appearing in the 1999 film "My X-Girlfriends Wedding Reception."

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3. He is the longest-serving Independent member of Congress ever.

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4. He made headlines in in 2010 when he tried to block a deal that included a tax cut extension for the wealthy with a filibuster-like stand. The stunt trended on Twitter with the hashtag #filibernie and later crashed the Senate video server.

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5. He is not religious. While all past presidents have been openly religious and Christian, Sanders says he identifies as Jewish but doesn't practice. 

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6. Despite being given an"F" rating by the NRA, Sanders has often voted in their favor. Once he voted to pass a bill that would prevent people from suing manufacturers, dealers and distributors when their products were misused.

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7. He grew up in a working class family in Brooklyn, and his father was a Polish immigrant.

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8. He released an album called 'We Shall Overcome' in which he reads speeches about peace and justice with a choir singing in the background. It's available on iTunes. 

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9. He is a big believer in Scandinavian political thinking and has said that the U.S. should adopt some of their principles, including the idea that health care should be a right, and higher education should be free.

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10. Barack Obama campaigned for him when he ran for Senate in 2006.
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