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Clinton, Sanders Sharpen Attacks; Ivanka Trump Talks About Missing GOP Registration Deadline

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sharpened their attacks Tuesday, a week before the New York state primary.

Meanwhile on the Republican side, Donald Trump's children were talking about missing their chance to vote for their father.

As CBS2's Tony Aiello reported, the Sanders camp on the Democratic side bombarded reporters Tuesday with statements criticizing Clinton for taking speaking fees, having a superPAC, and supporting many trade deals.

He accused her of a credibility gap.

"Our job is to stand up to these powerful special interests, not to take their money," Sanders said.

Top Clinton aide Nick Merrill took to Twitter to slam Sanders for what he called "cheap politics."

On Tuesday night, Clinton flew to Florida for fundraisers while her husband, former President Bill Clinton, worked to get out the vote in New York.

"We have got to have a big vote for Hillary in New York next week, and if we do, she'll be your president and you'll be glad," former President Clinton told supporters.

Clinton also won the endorsement of the New York Daily News on Tuesday night.

"On April 19, New York Democrats will have unusual say over the party's nominee. They have in Clinton a superprepared warrior realist. They have in opponent Bernie Sanders a fantasist who's at passionate war with reality," the Daily News said in an op-ed. "By choosing Clinton, Empire State Dems would powerfully signal that the party has gotten real about achieving long-sought goals."

The Daily News said the former New York senator is "supremely knowledgeable" and "possesses the strength and the shrewdness" to advance the Democratic agenda in the White House.

"Still more, she is a cauldron-tested globalist who had the spine to give Obama a thumb's up for taking out Osama bin Laden and who is far the wiser about the use of American power, having served as secretary of state and seen the consequences of the war in Iraq," the Daily News wrote.

The Daily News, however, didn't have such kind words for Sanders.

"Subjected to meaningful scrutiny for the first time, the senator from Vermont proved utterly unprepared for the Oval Office while confirming that the central thrusts of his campaign are politically impossible," the op-ed read.


On the GOP side, it was revealed Monday that Donald Trump's son Eric and daughter Ivanka did not register in time for next Tuesday's primary and cannot vote for their father.

At a town hall with her father and the rest of the Trump family on CNN Tuesday, Ivanka Trump blamed the state's registration system.

"New York has one of the most onerous rules in terms of registration, and it required us to register a long time ago – almost close to a year ago," she said.

But Ivanka Trump was incorrect, Aiello reported. She had until October to register as a Republican, four months after her father announced.

"I have a feeling she'll be voting in November for me -- that's no question," Donald Trump said.

Polls show Trump with a massive lead in New York over Cruz and Kasich. He will welcome the win after being outmaneuvered for delegates in Colorado and elsewhere.

Cruz talked about that Tuesday with radio host Glenn Beck.

"Donald's whole pitch is he's a great businessman. And yet his campaign right now, it appears he can't run a lemonade stand," Cruz said.

Trump countered, "I know the rules very well, but I know that it's stacked against me – and by the establishment."

Republican candidate John Kasich sat down Tuesday night with Scott Pelley for the CBS Evening News. Polls have shown that even though he has fallen behind Trump and Cruz in the delegate count, he is still the only Republican who is projected to beat Clinton.

Kasich noted that there have been 10 contested Republican conventions throughout history.

"And of the ten, only three times was the front-runner selected. Seven times it was somebody other than the front-runner," he told Pelley.

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When Pelley noted that Kasich came in third, Kasich said: "So was Lincoln. I'm not Lincoln, but so was Lincoln."

But Pelley noted that Kasich was "not the front-runner, you're not the second-runner. You're way off in third."

"So think of it this way. Coke, Pepsi, Kasich, right? You go to the store. You're with your spouse. And your spouse says, 'Well yeah, I kind of like that Kasich, but I don't know that much about him,'" Kasich said. "As we've seen more and more of my message be able to be communicated, we're getting bigger crowds. And that'll translate into delegates. And delegates will translate into momentum."

The primary is coming up Tuesday, April 19. On Thursday, Clinton and Sanders will meet in Brooklyn for a debate.

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