Sanders Strikes Fast: 'I Do Question Her Judgment'

She dismisses criticism as a 'phony attack'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2016 8:30 PM CDT
Sanders Strikes Fast: 'I Do Question Her Judgment'
Bernie Sanders speaks during Thursday night's debate with Hillary Clinton.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton continued the newly aggressive nature of the campaign right from the get-go of Thursday night's debate on CNN. The first question was about Sanders' recent questioning of Clinton's qualifications to be president, and he began nicely enough in response. "Does Secretary Clinton have the experience and intelligence to be president? Of course she does," he said. "But I do question her judgment." He then ticked off a litany of familiar complaints, including her vote in favor of the Iraq war and her embrace of big money in the campaign. "Do we really believe when a candidate says she is going to bring change to America, when she is so dependent on big money," Sanders said.

Clinton fired back, immediately bringing up Sanders' much-panned interview with the New York Daily News and suggesting that he's the one lacking in the proper qualifications. "I think you need to have the judgment on Day 1 to be both president and commander in chief," she said. As for the notion that she'd be swayed be the money of special interests, she said that President Obama also took advantage of a Super PAC and thus this is an attack on him, too. (The remark drew boos.) "This is a phony attack that is designed to raise questions when there is no evidence or support to undergird the insinuations he is putting forth in these attacks," she said. (More Bernie Sanders 2016 stories.)

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