Clinton and Sanders trade barbs in unusual Twitter spat

February 4, 2016

By Amy Tennery and Anjali Athavaley

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders traded jabs on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, hitting each other with hard-charged criticisms rarely seen in what has been a mostly cordial race between the two rivals.

The contentious online quarrel revolved around each other’s progressive credentials, with Sanders once again hammering Clinton for her Wall Street ties, and Clinton striking the Vermont senator for his voting record on gun control.

“You can be a moderate. You can be a progressive. But you cannot be a moderate and a progressive,” Sanders tweeted.

He later added, “Most progressives that I know don’t raise millions of dollars from Wall Street.”

Clinton’s campaign pushed back: “This shouldn’t be a debate about who gets to define ‘progressive’—it should be about who will get real results for American families,”  Clinton tweeted, adding: “Hillary’s not running to make a point—she’s running to make a difference. She’ll keep doing that. Please feel free to keep tweeting.”

The social media spat came two days after the Iowa caucuses, where front-runner Clinton, a former secretary of state and senator from New York, was pushed to a virtual tie with Sanders.

The next battleground is New Hampshire, which holds its primary on Feb. 9. Sanders has been leading in opinion polls there and is believed to have an advantage over Clinton due to the closeness to his home state.

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