CHARLESTON, S.C. — Bernie Sanders is poised to face perhaps the toughest debate of his political life Tuesday night in South Carolina, as his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination signal they will attack his record on socialism, guns and much more in a bid to arrest his momentum before he can clear a path to the nomination.
In a blistering attack, an aide from one rival campaign told Fox News on Tuesday that Sanders “will have more to answer for than his love for murderous communist regimes or his broken promise to release his health records.”
Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden, as part of a new $600,000 digital ad buy in South Carolina, this week launched a new ad, first reported by Politico, which slammed Sanders for reportedly attempting to launch a primary bid against former President Barack Obama in 2012.
The Vermont senator took heat this week for remarks on CBS News' "60 Minutes" defending the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's policies, saying "it's unfair to simply say everything is bad."
Sanders touted social welfare programs introduced under Castro's regime that he described as redeeming, despite the communist dictator's often repressive human rights violations against Cubans.