Carville: ‘Ludicrous’ to suspect criminality in Clinton email drama
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Democratic strategist and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAs Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Harris rips Gabbard over Fox appearances during Obama years Steyer, Gabbard and Yang shut out of early minutes of Democratic debate MORE ally James Carville says it is “ludicrous” to suspect the Democratic presidential hopeful broke the law by using a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State.
 
“This is in no way like a crime,” Carville told radio host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on New York’s AM-970 on Sunday, adding that Republicans will always come up with “something else” to smear Clinton with.
 
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“The idea that there’s some kind of a criminality involved in here I think is patently ludicrous,” he added.
 
Carville also drew a distinction between Clinton and Democratic presidential rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE,  calling the Vermont senator an idealist and Clinton a “pragmatic.”
 
“It’s emerging that there’s a clear distinction between the two of them,” Carville said.
 
“He envisions this 100 percent progressive party that is the party of some ideal where everybody gets free health insurance and free college,” he added. 
 
“And what she envisions is a pragmatic party that tries to get things done, that helps people and moves at a pace toward progress.”
 
In response to polls that show Sanders leading by double digits in New Hampshire, Carville said Iowa and New Hampshire are very favorable states for Sanders demographically. He predicted Clinton would fare better in upcoming primaries and caucuses.
 
“Unfortunately for supporters, as I am, of secretary Clinton, Iowa and New Hampshire are uniquely suited states for Bernie Sanders, so he should be doing better there than in other states,” he said. 
 
“But it’s a long process, you know, this is the top of the first inning. It’s two down and 48 to go.” 
 
Carville said he’s tried to persuade young Sanders supporters to switch allegiances, but to no avail.
 
“Well, I mean, look, I think the polls reflect a certain thing at the time, and I think Sanders – you know, I’m out and I talk to these young people,” he said. “And I say, ‘Look, this guy doesn’t understand what’s going to happen.’ And they don’t care.
 
“And they think they’re making some kind of a great political statement here, I’m not sure what it is,” he added.