Sanders asks if ‘anyone really believes’ Clinton’s book excerpts

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCarbon tax could give liberals vast power to grow federal government Poll: Gillum leads DeSantis by 4 points in Florida Judd Gregg: Two ideas whose time has not come MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday hit back at Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2016 pollsters erred by not weighing education on state level, says political analyst Could President Trump's talk of a 'red wave' cause his supporters to stay home in midterms? Dem group targets Trump in M voter registration campaign: report MORE's comments about him in her upcoming book about the 2016 presidential election, asking if anyone actually believed them.

"I.e., Bernie Sanders just stole all of Hillary Clinton's ideas. Does anybody really believe that?" Sanders said on MSNBC's "All In" after host Chris Hayes read excerpts from Clinton's forthcoming book, "What Happened." 

"The truth is, and really story is, that the ideas that we brought forth during that campaign, which was so crazy and so radical, have increasingly become mainstream," Sanders continued, citing proposals such as a $15 minimum wage, $1 trillion infrastructure program, tuition-free college and "Medicare for all."

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Sanders was responding to an excerpt of the book where Clinton writes that her policy adviser, Jake Sullivan, compared Sanders's policy ideas to a scene from "Something About Mary," where a hitchhiker rolls out a plan to make seven-minute abs to top eight-minute abs.

"That's what it was like in policy debates with Bernie. We would promise a bold infrastructure investment plan or an ambitious new apprenticeship program for young people, and then Bernie would announce basically the same thing, but bigger. On issue after issue, it was like he kept promising four-minute abs, or even no-minutes abs. Magic abs!" Clinton wrote. 

Sanders is not the only figure Clinton takes aim at in her new book about the 2016 presidential campaign.

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