Longtime Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports Paul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book MORE confidante Neera Tanden in a new podcast commends Bernie SandersBernie SandersBriahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Sanders 'disappointed' in House panel's vote on drug prices Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants MORE for the issues he raised during his campaign but notes his attacks on the Democratic presidential nominee were harmful.
“I actually have to say, I think he brought a lot of really important issues to the floor, but Senator Sanders was prosecuting a much tougher character attack” than Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama Obama backs Trudeau in Canadian election Former Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Senate Democrats ding Biden energy proposal MORE did in 2008, Tanden said during Politico’s “Off Message” podcast.
“He did do significant damage to Hillary's negatives."
During the primary season, the Vermont senator often attacked the eventual Democratic nominee on the campaign trail — at points, questioning her judgment.
“I mean, he drove a lot of those negatives, and the truth of it, I mean, just to be candid — or honest about it, I think getting those kinds of attacks from another Democrat or another liberal or another progressive is much tougher for Hillary," said Tanden, who is the president of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress.
"If you look at her trust numbers the last six months of that primary ... those numbers took a much sharper dive and [were] hard to recover from.”
Sanders endorsed Clinton ahead of the Democratic National Convention, vowing to help the Democratic nominee win the presidency.
But Tanden, who supported Clinton's shift to the left due in part to Sanders's criticism, said the Vermont senator may have let the primary stretch out too long.
"The primary was much tougher [than 2008]," she said.
"There were many more open attacks on being 'bought and paid for' and all that stuff."