Bernie Sanders: Hillary Clinton Not 'Qualified' to Be President

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 7:31 AM

Less than twenty-four hours after Sanders' huge win in Wisconsin, the senator from VT hammered Clinton for not being "qualified" to be president.

Bernie Sanders: Hillary Clinton Not 'Qualified' to Be President

PHILADELPHIA — The gloves are truly off between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

Less than twenty-four hours after Sanders' huge win in Wisconsin, the senator from VT hammered Clinton for not being "qualified" to be president.

"Now the other day, I think, Secretary Clinton appeared to be getting a tiny bit nervous," began Sanders in front of thousands at Philadelphia'south Temple Univ Wednesday night.

"And she's been saying lately that she thinks that I am, quote-unquote not qualified to be president," he said as the raucous crowd booed.

"Well let me just declare in response, to Secretary Clinton, I don't' believe that she's qualified if she is…through her Super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds," Sanders declared.

He went on to list a no of traits disqualifying someone from being president all directed squarely at Clinton — with the crowd cheering enthusiastically after each bullet point:

"I don't think that you're qualified if you get fifteen million dollars from Wall Str through your Super PAC," said Sanders. "I don't think you're qualified if you've voted for the disastrous war in Iraq. I don't think you're qualified if you've supported virtually every disastrous trade agreement, which has cost us millions of decent paying jobs."

But maybe his most forceful blow — and certainly newest for a candidate who's known for seldom straying from his normal stump speech — came on the subject of the controversial "Panama Papers" and its relation to the Panama Free Trade Agreement.

"I don't think that you're 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 avert paying their taxes to their countries," Sanders concluded.

In the immediate aftermath of his remarks, it remained unclear precisely when he believes Clinton called him "not qualified" to be president.

During an interview on MSNBC'south Morning Joe early Wednesday, host Joe Scarborough repeatedly pressed the former secretary of state on whether she believed Sanders wasn't qualified to be commander in chief.

"Well, 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 lift a lot of questions," said Clinton when asked pointedly if Sanders wasn't "ready" to be president.

"Well, let me keep it this way, Joe. I think that what he's been saying about the core issue iin his whole campaign doesn't' seem to be rooted in an understanding of either the law or the practical ways you obtain something done. And I'll leave it to voters to determine who of us can do the work that the country needs," she added shortly after.

Late Wednesday, Clinton'south press secretary Brian Fallon responded to Sanders' remarks via Twitter saying, "Hillary Clinton didn't declare Bernie Sanders was 'not qualified.' But he's now — absurdly — said it about her. This is a new low."

Fallon in a follow-up tweet demanded that Sanders "take back your words about Hillary Clinton."

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