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Hillary Clinton Isn't Holding Back Against Bernie Sanders Anymore | The Huffington Post EDITION US عربي (Arabi) Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (En Francais) United Kingdom United States INFORM • INSPIRE • ENTERTAIN • EMPOWER NEWS WorldPost Highline Science Education Weird News Business TestKitchen Tech College Media POLITICS Pollster Election Results Eat the Press HuffPost Hill Candidate Confessional So That Happened ENTERTAINMENT Sports Comedy Celebrity Books Entertainment TV Arts + Culture WELLNESS Healthy Living Travel Style Taste Home Weddings Divorce Sleep GPS for the Soul WHAT'S WORKING Impact Green Good News Global Health VOICES Black Voices Latino Voices Women Fifty Religion Queer Voices Parents Teen College VIDEO ALL SECTIONS Arts + Culture Black Voices Books Business Candidate Confessional Celebrity College Comedy Crime Divorce Dolce Vita Eat the Press Education Election Results Entertainment Fifty Good News Green Healthy Living Highline Home Horoscopes HuffPost Data HuffPost Hill Impact Latino Voices Media Outspeak Parents Politics Pollster Queer Voices Religion Science Small Business So That Happened Sports Style Taste Tech Teen TestKitchen Travel TV Weddings Weird News Women WorldPost FEATURED GPS for the Soul Hawaii OWN Dr. Phil Quiet Revolution Talk to Me Don't Stress the Mess Endeavor Fearless Dreamers Generation Now Inspiration Generation Paving the Way The Power Of Humanity Sleep + Wellness What's Working: Purpose + Profit What's Working: Small Businesses POLITICS Hillary Clinton Isn't Holding Back Against Bernie Sanders Anymore The old days when Clinton didn't acknowledge Sanders' existence? Gone. 01/12/2016 08:09 am ET | Updated Jan 12, 2016 Samantha Lachman Staff Reporter, The Huffington Post Andrew Burton/Getty Images Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have intensified their attacks since the new year began.  WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton used to avoid uttering the name of her main rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt). But that phase of the race has definitively ended, with Clinton and her team staging a multi-pronged attack on Sanders in the first weeks of the new year. Clinton herself has laid into Sanders in the last two weeks, unspooling a new tactic of directly attacking her competitor. Her campaign staff began criticizing Sanders in earnest last autumn, but until recently, the candidate herself had mostly focused on introducing her own policies and criticizing those of the Republican contenders.  The most recent anti-Sanders salvo came last week. The Clinton campaign had highlighted Sanders’ votes to give gun suppliers legal immunity previously, but took the opportunity to re-focus scrutiny on the senator’s gun record after President Barack Obama wrote in a New York Times op-ed  Thursday evening that he would not endorse any candidate who disagreed with him on gun reform, like repealing the immunity law. When Sanders’ campaign said that there was “zero daylight” between the senator and Obama on gun control on Friday, Clinton’s campaign pounced. “The Sanders campaign has understandably tried to eliminate any distinctions between their candidate’s record and President Obama’s,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said in a press call. “Of course this just isn’t true.” Sanders defended his votes for the immunity law last year. In June, his campaign manager said the senator would likely vote for it again , were it to come up.  “This was a hugely consequential piece of legislation and Sen. Sanders has spent the duration of this campaign actually defending the liability vote,” Clinton campaign chair John Podesta said on the call. “It’s time for Sen. Sanders to join President Obama and Hillary and be willing to take this issue on, to stand up to the gun lobby and be clear on his position.” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said in a call Friday afternoon that “the Clinton people have obviously not read the news clips,” because  Sanders said in October that he was open to re-examining the liability bill. Weaver said Sanders “strongly supports the president’s initiatives” on gun control, calling the liability vote “a false issue.” “This is old news,” Weaver said. “The conversation, I think, that they don’t want to have is the conversation about why Secretary Clinton doesn’t support the family medical leave bill that Democrats are supporting in the House and Senate, why she opposes that, her record on Wall Street and a host of other issues.” Clinton herself pressed the liability vote issue further on Friday, calling into MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews to suggest that “maybe it's time for Sen. Sanders to stand up and say, ‘I got this one wrong.’” Sanders on Sunday wouldn’t say his vote was a mistake, but did say he would vote “to revise” the bill . Clinton said later Sunday that Sanders’ “excuses ... to avoid responsibil