It seems like no one wants to miss an opportunity to malign each other’s image to define who’s the fittest of ‘em all to become the leader, especially in the 2016 presidential race.
With New York being a prime state in the nomination process with 291 delegates at stake, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attacked Senator Bernie Sanders with comments over his qualifications to become a president.
It all started with Sanders’ response during a rally in Philadelphia on Wednesday night after Clinton indirectly criticized her opponent for recent comments on financial regulation during an interview with The Daily News.
“She has been saying lately that she thinks that I am, quote-un-quote, not qualified to be president. 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.”
The attacked reverberated much on Thursday when Mr. Sanders said:
“People might wonder about your qualifications when you supported virtually every trade agreement, trade agreements which have cost the American worker millions of decent paying jobs.”
In a tweet he said, “I don’t think you (Clinton) are qualified if you get $15 million from Wall Street through your super PAC”
The Senator stood strongly by his remarks, pointing to her Wall Street links and her vote for the war in Iraq and showed no signs of apologizing.
“If Secretary Clinton thinks that I just come from a small state of Vermont, ‘They are not used to this.’ Well, we will get used to it fast. I’m not going to get beaten up. I’m not going to get lied about. We will fight back.”
Mr. Sanders’ tenor has sharpened as he pulls off a string of six straight wins and now heads into a more intimidating contest in Mrs. Clinton’s home state of New York.
New York is a state where they both have some strong ties; Clinton served as a state senator earlier in her career, and Brooklyn was Sanders’ birthplace.
But then it’s actions that matter more than words. Mr. Sanders defeated Mrs. Clinton in the Wisconsin primary contest on Tuesday, and could pick up more delegates in Wyoming on Saturday before the New York primary.