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Clinton-Sanders campaign combat cools off

As Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton reached a kind of verbal truce over who's qualified to be president, the front-runner's camp also dealt with a confrontation that occurred between former President Bill Clinton and a protester over his and his wife’s record on crime and race. Judy Woodruff reports.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The campaign combat cooled off some today in the presidential race. Two of the three Republicans took a break from campaigning, and the two Democrats took a step back from open warfare.

    Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders reached a kind of verbal truce this morning after doing battle over who's qualified to be president.

    SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (VT-I), Democratic Presidential Candidate: I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I respect Hillary Clinton. We were colleagues in the Senate, and, on her worst day, she will be — she would be an infinitely better president than either of the Republican candidates.

  • QUESTION:

    She's qualified?

  • SEN. BERNIE SANDERS:

    Of course.

    HILLARY CLINTON (D), Democratic Presidential Candidate: I think, in the heat of the campaign, people say lots of things. I want to stay focused on the issues. There are contrasts between us, and I think that's fair game.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The front-runner's camp also dealt with former President Bill Clinton's confrontation with protesters yesterday. At an event in Philadelphia, they jeered his record and his wife's on crime and race.

  • FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON:

    You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter. Tell the truth.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Today, in Erie, Pennsylvania, he voiced regret about the incident.

  • FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON:

    I almost want to apologize for, but I want to use it as an example of the danger threatening our country. I was talking past her the way she was talking past me.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigned in New York state today, and Sanders announced he will visit the Vatican next week to speak at a conference on social issues.

    On the Republican side, Donald Trump canceled an event in California to stay in his home state. He said in a tweet, "So great to be in New York. Catching up on many things. Remember, I am still running a major business while I campaign, and loving it."

    Meanwhile, Trump's newly hired convention manager, Paul Manafort, insisted the front-runner will win enough delegates before the convention that there will be no need for brokering.

  • PAUL MANAFORT, Convention Manager, Trump Campaign:

    The reality is, this convention process will be over with sometime in June, probably June 7. And it will be apparent to the world that Trump is over that 1, 237 number, and at that point in time, when it is apparent, everything's going to come together.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Ted Cruz was off the campaign trail today, while John Kasich campaigned in Connecticut.

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