Washington: In a direct attack on Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Wednesday said that his rival is not qualified enough to be president based on her acceptance of special-interest money, her backing of free trade and her vote for the Iraq War.
Sanders made the scathing attack while addressing a rally. Hours before Sanders' attack, Clinton had targeted Sanders, questioning her persistent challenger's qualifications as a Democrat and for the presidency. Clinton, however, did not directly say that the senator was unqualified for the job. "If you want to vote for me, I think you should know what I want to do, not just a lot of arm-waving and hot rhetoric," Clinton said during a visit to a job-training program.
Appearing at a rally at Temple University, Sanders told supporters that "Secretary Clinton appears to be getting a little bit nervous."
"She has been saying lately that she thinks I am quote-unquote not qualified to be president," Sanders said. "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 money. I don't think you are qualified if you get $15 million through Wall Street for your super PAC."
"I don't think you are qualified if you have voted for the disastrous war in Iraq," he continued, referring to Clinton's 2002 vote as a U.S. senator from New York.
Criticizing Clinton's past support of trade deals, Sanders said that it also undermines her ability to be president. Responding to Sanders attack, Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon tweeted that Sanders had reached "a new low."