"I agree with Bernie. Focus must be on helping America's middle class," Hillary Clinton Tweets

By Tierney McAfee
Updated April 30, 2015 04:15 PM
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Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid of a little competition.

After Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, the party frontrunner, 67, took to her Twitter account to welcome him to the race.

And with that, the contest for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination got off to a quaintly polite start as Sanders Tweeted back:

Earlier on Thursday, Sanders held a press conference kicking off his candidacy outside the Capitol.

“This country today, in my view, has more serious crises than at any other time since the Great Depression of the 1930s,” he said. “For most Americans, their reality is that they’re working longer hours for lower wages. And [in] inflation-adjusted income, they’re earning less money than they used to years ago, despite a huge increase in technology and productivity.”

“While at exactly the same time,” he added, “99 percent of all new income generated in this country is going to the top one percent. How does it happen that the top one percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent? And my conclusion is that that type of economics is not only immoral, it’s not only wrong, it’s unsustainable.”

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