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Democrats swap shots over qualifications ahead of N.Y. primary

Sen. Bernie Sanders questioned Hillary Clinton's qualifications to be president, linking her to Wall Street, after Clinton suggested in interviews that Sanders "hasn't done his homework." Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz swiped at Donald Trump for compromising on conservative values and Gov. John Kasich's campaign released a new ad in New York ripping on Cruz.

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  • Editor’s note:

    We said that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is endorsing Donald Trump in the New York primary. That is incorrect. Giuliani says he is voting for Trump, but is not endorsing him.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The tone and tensions grew sharper today on the Democratic side of the presidential contest. It happened as critical new primaries loom in New York, Pennsylvania and other Northeastern states.

    Bernie Sanders walked to the mic this morning in Philadelphia, and picked up where he had left off last night on Hillary Clinton.

    SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (VT-I), Democratic Presidential Candidate: Are you qualified to be president of the United States when you're raising millions of dollars from Wall Street, an entity who's greed, recklessness and illegal behavior helped destroy our economy?

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    During TV interviews yesterday, Clinton never actually called Sanders unqualified, but she did say this:

    HILLARY CLINTON (D), Democratic Presidential Candidate: Well, I think he hasn't done his homework, and he'd been talking for more than a year about doing things that he obviously hadn't really studied or understood.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    That was a shot at Sanders' stumble in an interview on how he'd break up big banks.

    Today, the Vermont senator argued he had no choice but to respond in kind.

  • SEN. BERNIE SANDERS:

    They're going to question my qualifications, I think I have a right to question theirs.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    But this morning, in New York City, Clinton dismissed Sanders' criticism, and shifted back to the Republicans.

  • HILLARY CLINTON:

    Look, I didn't — I don't know why he's saying that, but I would take Bernie Sanders over Donald Trump or Ted Cruz any time. So let's keep our eye on what's really at stake in this election.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Republicans, too, descended on the EMPIRE STATE today. Texas Senator Ted Cruz was upstate, and focused on the GOP front-runner during a stop outside Schenectady.

    SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX), Republican Presidential Candidate: Donald Trump has been supporting liberal Democratic politicians for 40 years.

    When it comes to religious liberty, when it comes to the Supreme Court, he said, Ted, you got to learn to compromise. You got to learn to cut deals with the Democrats and go along to get along.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Donald Trump was off the trail today, as his campaign announced it's beefing up its delegate hunt. But, last night, the New York billionaire reached back to a Cruz jibe in January that Trump symbolizes the state's liberal politics.

    DONALD TRUMP (R), Republican Presidential Candidate: Do you remember during the debate when he started lecturing me on New York values like we're no good, like we're no good?

    (BOOING)

  • DONALD TRUMP:

    And I started talking to him about the World Trade Center, the bravery, the incredible bravery of everybody.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Ohio Governor John Kasich, polling second to Trump in New York, joined in today with a new ad that rips Cruz.

    GOV. JOHN KASICH (R-OH), Republican Presidential Candidate: They're not Iowa values and they're not New Hampshire values. Everyone knows what New York values are.

  • NARRATOR:

    Ted Cruz divides to get a vote. John Kasich unites to get things done.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani also criticized Cruz today, as he endorsed Trump.

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