Clinton: I'd win in 'landslide' in race about issues
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntercept DC bureau chief says Biden picks are 'same people' from Obama years The Hill's 12:30 Report - Third vaccine candidate with 90% efficacy Biden won — so why did Trump's popularity hit its highest point ever? MORE predicted that if the Democratic race for the White House becomes a referendum on the records of herself and Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members Hillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far MORE, she’d win the Feb. 9 New Hampshire primary in a “landslide.” 

“I hope we keep it on the issues, because if it’s about our records, I’m going to win in a landslide on Tuesday,” Clinton told supporters during a Wednesday town hall in New Hampshire.  

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She also questioned the wisdom of those who characterize the contest as a choice between the head — representing pragmatism of Clinton — and the heart — representing the idealism of Sanders. 

"There’s a lot of talk in this campaign, between Sen. Sanders and myself, about whether voters will vote with their head or their heart. Let me ask you to vote with both,” she said, before talking about her values that she said have come from her heart. 

“But the heart has to be matched with your head. How do you take what you know, what you see, what you feel, and translate it into action?” 

“We have a lot of work of the heart to do, but we also have to get things done if we are going to change our country,” the former secretary of State added. 

Clinton trails Sanders in New Hampshire by an 18-point margin in RealClearPolitics’s average of recent polling. Sanders's allies hope that a dominating win in the Granite State will help close the gap with Clinton in future primaries where the front-runner still holds a major lead. 

She cast aside the prospect of skipping New Hampshire, noting that some “political pundits” believe she should punt on New Hampshire to shore up her leads in other states. 

“I just could not ever skip New Hampshire. I cannot even imagine being here, not being in settings like this,” Clinton said.

“I’m going to be out here making my case, answering your questions, doing everything I can to persuade you to come out and vote next Tuesday.” 

Clinton also noted that pundits have said noted that "New Hampshire always favors neighbors" like Sanders, who is from Vermont. She called that dynamic "neighborly."
 
But the Sanders campaign's New Hampshire state director, Julia Barnes, sent out a statement bashing that characterization as an insult.
 
"The people of New Hampshire are serious about their role in the nominating process. I know that because our organizers are talking to voters every single day about the issues that matter to them," she said. 
 
"Whether it’s equal pay, more secure retirement or affordable health care, the people of New Hampshire will go to the polls Tuesday and vote for the candidate they believe will fight for them. To repeatedly suggest otherwise is an insult to voters in the Granite State."

Clinton's campaign reportedly sent 150 staffers to New Hampshire, showing that Clinton isn't ready to roll over ahead of the Tuesday primary. 

Clinton also pushed back at Sanders’s recent comment that she’s only a progressive on “some days.” She called that comment a “low blow” before listing off her progressive accomplishments that included voting against privatizing Social Security, standing up for Planned Parenthood and speaking on behalf of gay and women’s rights. 

And she doubled down on the appeal to pragmatism, echoing her claims that the Vermont senator's lofty goals will meet a dead end in the legislative process. 

“If [change] was easy, it would have already been done,” she said. 

“You have to get 60 votes in the Senate for legislation; you have to figure out how to deal with a recalcitrant Tea Party-dominated House; you have to figure out how to push progress forwards in a way that it doesn’t get knocked by a 5-4 vote in the Supreme Court.”