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If Donald Trump needs a new nickname for Hillary Clinton, he might want to consider calling her “Hypocritical Hillary,” after the Democratic presidential frontrunner turned down an invitation from Fox News to debate Bernie Sanders. She said that she wants to concentrate on campaigning in California, despite saying in 2008 that anyone running for president should be willing to “debate anytime, anywhere.”

CBS News congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes addressed Clinton’s struggles with Bernie Sanders, and her debate hypocrisy, today on CBS This Morning:

“Hillary Clinton can’t shake Sanders, who predicted Monday that this year’s convention could get messy and urged her to debate him ahead of the California primary. The Clinton campaign said no dice, arguing, ‘Hillary Clinton’s time is best spent campaigning and meeting directly with voters across California and preparing for a general election campaign.'”

“I was disturbed but not surprised to hear a few hours ago that Secretary Clinton has backed out of the debate,” Sanders said to a crowd of supporters at a rally in Santa Monica, California.

The 2016 version of presidential candidate Clinton has conveniently forgotten what the 2008 version said when she was running against Barack Obama. Cordes noted how the 2008 Hillary sounded a lot like Sanders does today:

“It’s the toughest job in the world. You should be willing to campaign for every vote, you should be willing to debate anytime, anywhere.”

That was when Hillary thought she had nothing to lose by engaging in more debates with Obama, but the opposite is true today. The Clinton campaign sees every debate with Sanders as something that can only hurt her campaign, as she prepares to do battle with Donald Trump for the White House.

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