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After Clinton Bashes His Criticism of President Obama, Bernie Sanders Has a Biting Comeback

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Bernie Sanders further proves that he isn’t one to back down.

Fresh off of his victory in the New Hampshire primary, the Vermont senator went head-to-head with Hillary Clinton again in Wisconsin on Thursday, in a PBS Democratic debate filled with sharp exchanges.

Issues like foreign policy as well as economic and social problems afflicting African-American communities took prominence during the debate. But one of Sanders’ most cutting exchanges came when Clinton accused him of criticizing President Barack Obama.

“The kind of criticism that we’ve heard from Senator Sanders about our president, I expect from Republicans,” she said. “I do not expect from someone running for the Democratic nomination.”

Bernie Sanders (left) and Hillary Clinton
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Sanders called the comment a “low blow” and said it was unfair of Clinton to suggest that he has not been supportive of the president. He noted that although he and the president are friends, he has the right to disagree with him.

He added: “One of us ran against Barack Obama. I was not the candidate.”

The debate comes as Clinton struggles to find her footing with young female voters and African-American voters.

However, despite the rough patch in her campaign, Clinton appeared confident at Thursday’s debate when speaking about how she would fund her proposals.

She said taxing the wealthy and “closing loopholes” would surely fund her proposed policies “once I’m in the White House.”

But Sanders was quick to assure her: “You’re not in the White House yet.”