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Clinton: I beat Sanders in a ‘landslide’

The Hill logo The Hill 9/12/2017 Rebecca Savransky
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Hillary Clinton is responding to criticism of her presidential campaign by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by noting that she beat Sanders in the Democratic primary in a "landslide."

During an interview with NPR on Tuesday, Clinton was asked about her response to those who say she ran in 2016 as a candidate who believed it was her turn to be president.

"Well, I just totally reject that. As you probably would have expected me to say," Clinton said.

"I find this criticism from Sanders supporters to be so off base. He's not even a Democrat."

Clinton: I beat Sanders in a ‘landslide’ © Provided by The Hill Clinton: I beat Sanders in a ‘landslide’

Clinton clarified her comments were not meant to be a "slam" on Sanders.

"I've been working on behalf of Democrats, to be elected, to be re-elected, for decades. And so yes, I was familiar to broad parts of the electorate, and I'm proud of that," she said during the interview.

"And I did well across the country. I won by four million votes. That's a landslide. I won, really, by March and April."

But even after that point, Clinton said, Sanders kept going and launching attacks against her.

"He and his followers' attacks on me kept getting more and more personal, despite him asking me not to attack him personally," she said.

"And, you know, I really regret that. But now he's got a chance to prove that he's something other than a spoiler. And that is to help other Democrats. And I don't know if he will or not, but I'm hoping he will."

In this April 6, 2017 file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in the World Summit in New York. © AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File In this April 6, 2017 file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in the World Summit in New York.

In the 2016 Democratic primaries, Clinton received nearly 17 million votes, beating Sanders, who had 13.2 million.

In her new book, "What Happened," Clinton put blame on Sanders for doing "lasting damage" to her campaign and "paving the way" for President Trump's attacks against her as "Crooked Hillary."

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