Podesta: Sanders Voted For Now-Controversial 1994 Crime Bill; Bragged About It As Late As 2006

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On This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Clinton campaign manager John Podesta fires back at Bernie Sanders for demanding an apology from Bill Clinton over the 1994 crime sentencing reform bill he signed.

"I think the president got a little hot," he said about Bill Clinton's confrontation with protesters about the subject this week. "[But Bernie Sanders] voted for this bill. He doesn’t regret it. He, in 2006, he campaigned for the Senate, saying I’m tough on crime."

STEPHANOPOULOS: You saw Senator Sanders not backing down on that call for President Clinton to apologize for that engagement with the protester --

PODESTA: Yes, I think the president got a little hot. But I think that the charge is misled, because I think what the president has done has said that there were unintended consequences of the crime bill, that he regrets that, that we need to move on. We need criminal justice reform. That was the first speech Hillary gave.

And you ask him again, do you regret that -- he voted for this bill. He doesn’t regret it. He, in 2006, he campaigned for the Senate, saying I’m tough on crime.

What was his evidence?

I voted for the '94 crime bill.

So I think he's airbrushing history. He won't do what the president done, what Hillary has reiterated, which is to say that this thing has had -- made the problems worse in some ways; we need to fix it. And that's why she's put on a comprehensive reform to end the era of mass incarceration and to really get the job done when it comes to dealing with the problem of over-incarceration, what's that done to communities all across America.

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