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White House Taking Sides on Clinton-Sanders Qualifications Rift

This candidate "comes to the race with more experience than any non vice president"...

FILE - This Nov. 28, 2012 file photo shows then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listening as President Barack Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington. The White House confirmed that Hillary Clinton had lunch with President Obama Thursday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

A White House spokesman spoke in favor of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s experience as a presidential candidate the day after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders questioned her qualifications.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz took a question aboard Air Force One about the Sanders comment.

Schultz responded that Clinton "comes to the race with more experience than any non vice president" in recent campaign history.

FILE - This Nov. 28, 2012 file photo shows then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listening as President Barack Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington. The White House confirmed that Hillary Clinton had lunch with President Obama Thursday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

According to the press pool report, Schultz said that Obama was “fortunate" to have Clinton serve in his administration, and the president was "proud of that service."

Obama has not endorsed either Clinton or Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Earlier Thursday, the conservative group American Crossroads released a video showing the times that in 2008 Clinton questioned Obama’s qualifications to be president when the two were running against each other in the Democratic primary.

The morning after losing the Wisconsin primary to Sanders, Clinton seemed to question whether Sanders was prepared to be president. During an interview on Morning Joe, Clinton said, “I think he hadn't done his homework.”

Sanders responded during a rally Wednesday: “I don’t believe that she is qualified if she is, through her super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in special-interest funds.”

Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon, in a tweet, demanded Sanders take back what he said.

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