Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont clashed with Hillary Clinton during MSNBC's Democratic presidential debate on Feb. 4 (video below).
Sanders told debate host Rachel Maddow how his campaign has been funded by individuals, while Clinton represents the "establishment," notes Mediaite.com.
“I gotta just jump in here because, honestly, Sen. Sanders is the only person who I think would characterize me, a woman running to be the first woman president, as exemplifying the establishment," Clinton fired back. "And I've got to tell you that it is really quite amusing to me.”
Clinton went on to suggest that Sanders wasn't being open about how much his single payer health care plan would cost.
Sanders explained that being part of the "establishment" meant having a "Super Pac that raised $15 billion from Wall Street, that throughout one's life raised a whole lot of money from the drug companies and other special interests."
I think it's fair to really ask what's behind that comment. You know, Sen. Sanders has said he wants to run a positive campaign.
I’ve tried to keep my disagreements over issues, as it should be, but time and time again, by innuendo, by insinuation, there is this attack that he is putting forth, which really comes down to anybody who ever took donations or speaking fees from any interest group has to be bought and I just absolutely reject that senator.
And I really don’t think these kinds of attacks by insinuation are worthy of you. And enough is enough. If you’ve got something to say, say it directly. But you will not find that I ever changed a view or a vote because of any donation that I have ever received.
And I have stood up and I have represented my constituents to the best of my ability and I 'm very proud of that. So, I think it’s time to end the very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out in recent weeks and let’s talk about the issues.
Sanders and the crowd moaned after Clinton finished.
Sanders then slammed Wall Street, the oil industry, the drug companies, Republicans, ExxonMobil and the Koch brothers, notes RawStory.com.