Sunday 4 December 2016

'New low' as Sanders questions Clinton's credentials

Rachael Alexander in Washington

Published 08/04/2016 | 02:30

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign event in Milwaukee. Photo: AP
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign event in Milwaukee. Photo: AP

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has fired back at her rival Bernie Sanders after the Vermont senator questioned whether she was "qualified" to be president.

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In a fundraising email sent late on Wednesday, Hillary for America's deputy communications director, Christina Reynolds, rebuked Mr Sanders' accusations, saying it was "a ridiculous and irresponsible attack for someone to make - not just against the person who is almost certainly going to be the nominee of their party this November, but against someone who is one of the most qualified people to run for the presidency in the history of the United States."

Mr Sanders told a crowd of more than 10,000 people at Temple University's Liacouras Centre in Philadelphia on Wednesday that Mrs Clinton has been saying lately that "she thinks that I am, quote-unquote, not qualified to be president".

"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," he said, referring to the outside groups that can accept unlimited funding for a candidate as long as they do not coordinate with the campaign.

Mr Sanders also said Mrs Clinton was not qualified because of her vote for the war in Iraq and her support for trade agreements that he says are harmful to American workers.

It is the latest salvo in a war of words that has become increasingly heated as underdog Mr Sanders has gained ground on front-runner Mrs Clinton.

Mrs Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon responded on Twitter: "Hillary Clinton did not say Bernie Sanders was 'not qualified.' But he has now - absurdly - said it about her. This is a new low."

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