White House: Clinton Qualified To Be President
After Bernie Sanders said that Hillary Clinton is not qualified to be President, in a mostly rhetorical way, the White House came to the former Secretary of State’s defense.
“The president has said that Secretary Clinton comes into this race with more experience than any other non-vice president in recent campaign history,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.
He characterized Clinton’s place on the cabinet during the first term as “fortunate” to have her help “work[ing] together on complicated issues.”
The Hill reports:
Sanders justified his comments, pointing to remarks made by Clinton in which she raised questions about the Vermont senator’s readiness to serve as commander in chief. But Clinton stopped short of saying outright that he is unqualified.
The war of words comes as Clinton and Sanders are waging a heated battle heading into New York’s delegate-rich primary.
Obama has publicly remained neutral in the Democratic presidential primary, wary of tipping the scales and dividing the party ahead of the general election. But Clinton is widely thought to be his preferred candidate.
In a January interview with Politico, he suggested that Clinton best understands what it takes to occupy the Oval Office.
“What Hillary presents is a recognition that translating values into governance and delivering the goods is ultimately the job of politics,” he said.
“She can govern and she can start here, day one, more experienced than any non-vice president has ever been who aspires to this office,” he added.