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Hillary Clinton: Sanders Supporters Are ’Living in Their Parents’ Basement’

By Matthew Hrozencik | October 4, 2016 | 11:21am EDT
Hillary Clinton. (AP photo) 

 

Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced on Sunday that it would cancel a series of appearances in Iowa that were “tentatively scheduled” with her former primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), after leaked audio surfaced of Clinton referring to Sanders supporters as “children of the Great Recession...who are living in their parents’ basement.’”

Clinton reportedly made the comments at a private fundraiser in McLean, Virginia back in February. Sanders endorsed her for president in July.

“Some [Sanders supporters] are new to politics completely. They're children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents’ basement, they feel that they got their education and the jobs that are available to them are not at all what they envisioned for themselves, and they don’t see much of a future,” said Clinton.

She also referred to Sander’s positions on making college tuition and health care free for all Americans as "indefensible".

During an appearance on CNN’s State of Union Sunday morning, Sanders was asked by host Jake Tapper if Clinton’s comment bothered him.

"Well, look, of course it does, but we're in the middle of a campaign,” Sanders responded before going on to defend Clinton by saying that he agreed with some of her remarks.

"There are young people who went deeply into debt, worked very hard to get a good education and yet they're getting out of school and they can't find decent paying jobs,” Sanders said.

“And that is a major problem. They are living in their parents' basements, and that's the point there. So I personally do believe we do need a political revolution, that we do need to transform this society....”

According to a study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI),  the unemployment rate among college-educated young adults ages 21-24 is currently 5.6%, with a 12.6% underemployment rate. The average college graduate owes $37,172 in student loan debt.

The unemployment rate for high school graduates is 17.9%, with an underemployment rate of 33.7%.

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