During a Wednesday rally in Philadelphia, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said that Hillary Clinton is not qualified to be president, responding to comments from the former secretary of state criticizing Sanders’ recent interview with the New York Daily News.
“Secretary Clinton appears to be getting a little bit nervous,” Sanders said in his Wednesday speech. “And she has been saying lately that she thinks that I am quote unquote not qualified to be president. Well, let me, let me just say in response to Secretary Clinton: I don’t believe that she is qualified, if she is, through her super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds.”
“I don’t think that you are qualified if you get $15 million from Wall Street through your super PAC. I don’t think you are qualified if you have voted for the disastrous war in Iraq. I don’t think you are qualified if you’ve supported virtually every disastrous trade agreement, which has cost us millions of decent paying jobs,” he continued. “I don’t think you are qualified if you supported the Panama free trade agreement, something I very strongly opposed and which, as all of you know, has allowed corporations and wealthy people all over the world to avoid paying their taxes to their countries.”
Sanders comments came in response to a Wednesday morning MSNBC interview in which Clinton was asked about Sanders’ discussion with the New York Daily News about how he would break up big banks if he was elected president. Clinton was asked whether Sanders was qualified and ready to be president.
“I think he hadn’t done his homework and he’d been talking for more than a year about doing things that he obviously hadn’t really studied or understood, and that does raise a lot of questions,” Clinton said in response. “Really what that goes to is for voters to ask themselves can he deliver what he’s talking about.”
The Clinton campaign was quick to criticize Sanders’ comments about Clinton not being qualified on Wednesday night.
Hillary Clinton did not say Bernie Sanders was ‘not qualified.’ But he has now – absurdly – said it about her. This is a new low.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) April 7, 2016