Capitol Alert

Bernie Sanders lists Hillary Clinton criticisms he doesn’t raise

Bernie Sanders, responding to Gov. Jerry Brown’s concern about a “scorched earth” primary hurting Hillary Clinton, said Tuesday he has avoided hitting the likely Democratic nominee on “major, major areas” – and then proceeded to list them.

“I’ve been asked 5 million times about the emails, and I haven’t said anything,” Sanders said in a brief interview before a rally here. “I’ve been asked about the Clinton Foundation, didn’t say anything. Bill Clinton’s personal life? Never said a word.

“So I don’t think it’s fair to suggest that I am running a scorched earth policy.”

Sanders was responding to Brown’s apparent criticism of Sanders over the weekend, when he said, “I don’t think anybody should be seeking the Democratic nomination with a scorched earth policy.”

Brown, who ran unsuccessfully for president three times, said, “Any time you have a primary, which I’ve been in many times, there’s a great exuberance in getting highly negative, and I think it’s a temptation that should be avoided.”

On Tuesday, Sanders said, “I think he’s right.”

“It has never been my intention, and never will be my intention, to run a scorched earth campaign,” the Vermont senator said. “But I think the people of California, the people of America, are entitled to know the differences between us.”

He added, “As Jerry Brown well knows – he’s been in a few campaigns himself – what campaigns are about is differentiating your differences with your opponent.”

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders