Hillary Clinton questioned Bernie Sanders’s knowledge of the core issues that are central to his campaign in an interview on Morning Joe on April 6. Specifically, his knowledge of how to break up the banks, in response to an interview Sanders gave to the editorial board of the New York Daily News.
“Well, I think the interview raised a lot of really serious questions,” said Clinton. “I look at it this way, the core of his campaign has been “break up the banks,” and it didn’t seem in reading his answers that he understood exactly how that would work under Dodd Frank,” she continued.
“I think he hadn’t done his homework,” she summarized.
Clinton then pointed to her lead in total votes and delegates as important factors in the campaign which show her as the frontrunner—the delegate count shows her leading by over 200 pledged delegates and over 2 million votes.
Her comments come a day after Sanders won the Wisconsin primary by 13 percentage points—56 percent to 43 percent— on April 5. Sanders has now won six of the last seven contests with Clinton, but still trails in delegates 1298–1089.
The interview also touched on whether or not Clinton thinks Sanders should drop out of the race: “I’m the last person to tell someone to drop out,” she said.
Following the interview with the New York Daily News, Sanders sent out a detailed plan for how to break up the banks amid criticism about his response:
“Within a year, the campaign said, ‘the Sanders administration will work with the Federal Reserve and financial regulators to break these institutions up using the authority of Section 121 of the Dodd-Frank Act,'” reports the Washington Post.
Clinton and Sanders are set for a primary battle in the state of New York on April 19. Both candidates have roots in New York, and a win for Sanders would be an upset to the former Secretary of State.