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Bernie Sanders Defends Hillary Clinton Not 'Qualified' Comments on 'Late Night'

"If people attack me and distort my record we will respond," Sanders says



    Bernie Sanders talks to "Late Night" host Seth Meyers about the recent dispute he had with rival Hillary Clinton over who is and isn’t qualified for the job of president. (Published Friday, April 8, 2016)

    Bernie Sanders didn't back down on having called rival Hillary Clinton unqualified for the presidency, saying during an appearance on "Late Night With Seth Meyers" that "if people attack me and distort my record we will respond." 

    “The Clinton campaign has been getting a little nervous,” Sanders said Thursday after Meyers asked him about comments from a day earlier. 

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    Sanders had said, "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." 

    Meyers asked if Sanders regretted his remarks. The Democratic candidate replied that the criticism came "after she and her campaign said that I was unqualified." 

    "I didn't hear her say you were unqualified," Meyers corrected. "I heard her fail to say you were qualified."  

    Sanders allowed that he hoped to return to an issue-oriented campaign but said he would defend distortions of his record.

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    He did not attack Clinton on the show. Instead, he said in a response to a question that Clinton is "100 times better than any of the Republican candidates.”

    Sanders also addressed how he would work with, as he put it, an “obstructionist” Congress if he were elected president.

    “If we are able to reach out to working people, middle class, young people and get them involved with the political process, then Republicans will have no choice but to work with us,” he said.