Bernie Sanders Says ‘of Course’ Hillary Clinton Is Qualified to Be President

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Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate In Milwaukee
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Bernie Sanders has decided to give peace a chance. On NBC’s Today show, Sanders was asked if he believes Hillary Clinton is qualified to be president, despite his recent claims to the contrary.

I’ve known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I respect her. We were colleagues in the Senate,” Sanders said. “On her worse day, she would be an infinitely better president than either of the Republican candidates.”

She’s qualified?” Savannah Guthrie asked, again.

Of course,” Sanders replied.

On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton was asked if Bernie Sanders was qualified for the presidency. She declined to answer, but argued that the senator hadn’t "done his homework" on the core issues of his campaign. She also accused him of betraying the victims of Sandy Hook with his position on gun manufacturers’ liability. Sanders responded by essentially shouting, "I’m not qualified? You’re not qualified! That whole damn system is not qualified," at a rally in Philadelphia.

"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," Sanders told the crowd, before proceeding through a litany of Clinton’s other disqualifications. The senator later said that he did not like engaging in "that kind of politics" but wanted to make it clear that just because he’s "from Vermont" doesn’t mean he won’t "fight back."

On Thursday, Clinton extended an olive branch to Sanders, by reiterating that she would prefer the Vermont senator over the pseudo-fascist demagogue and far-right theocrat who are leading the Republican primary race.