Bernie Goes Shirtless in ‘Shameless’ Grab for Older Women Voters

Women ‘feel the Bern’ as Fla. beach pics hit the Internet

bb1A trove of pictures showing a shirtless Bernie Sanders on the beach are making the rounds online, giving the 75-year-old Democratic nomination contender a big lift in the polls, especially in the key battleground state of Florida. And the Hillary Clinton campaign is crying foul.

“We didn’t think Sanders would stoop so low to pull away older women voters who’ve always been among Hillary Clinton’s core supporters, but he did, and we’re calling him out on it,” says Meg Smith, the Clinton bb2campaign’s Florida coordinator. “Bernie, put your shirt back on!”

But the Sanders camp denies it was behind the release of the pictures. “How these personal family photos of Sen. Sanders appeared on the Internet we don’t know, but we will make sure appropriate actions are taken if laws were broken,” says John Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager.

Regardless of the source, the pictures have given an already surging Sanders even more momentum going into the critical February-March voting period. Polls show Sanders swamping Clinton in delegate-rich Florida and even in other states long thought to be part of Clinton’s “firewall,” including Arkansas, Georgia, and North Carolina.

“What this surge shows is that Sanders has policy prescriptions Democrats want to hear, and he has the bod that women want to see,” says Weaver.

Nancy Cooper, 71, a retired teacher in Naples, Fla., might agree with that. “He’s right about Social Security and health insurance,” she says, “and he’s not far off the mark in the hunk-a-rama department.”

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Betty Meyerson, a retired bank execitive in South Miami, says she was leaning toward Clinton because of her experience and steadiness, but when she saw Sanders was more than just a rumpled suit, her excitement for him jumped. “He really has it all,” she says, “a plan for ridding us of ISIS and for making college free for my grandkids, and he has legs to die for.”

A Clinton campaign spokesperson who spoke on the condition of anonymity says there are no plans to release beach photos of Hillary Clinton in retaliation, but the person didn’t rule out beach photos of former president Bill Clinton appearing on the Internet. “I’m not saying it’s going to happen,” the person says. “I’m saying, if it happens, no one’s going to care if Bernie is going shirtless hunting wild animals with an automatic rifle in his hands. The tide will have turned and Florida will be back where it belongs: in the Clinton column.”

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