David Brock, founder of the pro-Hillary Clinton super-PAC Correct the Record, confirmed he was planning to go after Sanders over the release of his medical records as early as last weekend, but refrained.
“I was prepared to bring that up,” Brock said on Bloomberg's With All Due Respect, referring to a story published by Politico on the issue. “I was scheduled to do a couple of interviews over the weekend in Charleston, so I was prepared to bring that up.”
Releasing the records is part of the normal vetting process for candidates, Brock argued. “It’s usual for all candidates in the presidential, particularly someone who’s doing well and becoming a top-tier candidate,” he said. “And look, they said they were gonna do it, so clearly I was on the right path.”
During an appearance on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, Sanders said he had no problem releasing his medical records. “Thank God, I am very healthy,” Sanders said. “We will get our medical records out the same way that Secretary Clinton has gotten her records out. It is not a problem.”
Brock and his pro-Clinton super-PAC have been on the defensive since Politico reported Saturday that he was “expected to hit the airwaves this weekend from Charleston,” and released a statement Saturday night denying that he planned to release ads attacking Sanders over his medical records. He also denied any direct involvement from the Clinton campaign.
“Correct The Record is not going to attack Senator Sanders on the issue of his medical records, nor am I,” read the statement. “I've said nothing about the issue. This has nothing to do with the Clinton campaign.”
In a fundraising e-mail on the attack, the Sanders campaign called it “one of the most desperate and vile attacks imaginable.” Hillary for America chairman John Podesta tweeted that Brock should “chill out. We're fighting on who would make a better President, not on who has a better Physical Fitness Test.”
Brock reiterated Tuesday that while Correct the Record PAC does “legally” coordinate with the Clinton campaign, not everything they do is coordinated. “I thought it was amusing,” Brock said of the Podesta tweet, “but it was a disavowal of what I did, and they’re entitled to do that, and in fact they had nothing to do with it, so I think it was smart.”
Brock said that while Sander's age wasn't necessarily an issue, his health could be, depending on what his medical records show. But the real problem with Sanders's candidacy, he said, is that the Vermont senator identifies as a (democratic) socialist. He argued that while Clinton has been vetted, Sanders's poll numbers are inflated because he hasn't been “scrutinized” in the same way.
“Think about what the Republicans will do with the fact that he’s a socialist in the fall,” Brock said. “John Kasich let the cat out of the bag during the debate when he said they’ll win 50 states. That’s the truth, I believe that.”