Sanders: 'One of us ran against Barack Obama; I was not that candidate'

Responding to criticism from Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSanders looks to Golden State for comeback hopes Secret Service protects Sanders as audience members rush stage Ex-pharma CEO Martin Shkreli: I didn’t endorse Trump MORE that he has been too critical of President Obama, Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders looks to Golden State for comeback hopes Secret Service protects Sanders as audience members rush stage Five things Clinton needs to do to win the California primary MORE on Thursday night noted she once faced off with him in a presidential race.

"One of us ran against Barack ObamaBarack ObamaFive things Clinton needs to do to win the California primary Republican senator expects Trump will 'embrace' GOP platform Frustration with White House builds in Hispanic caucus MORE,” he said at the Democratic primary debate in Wisconsin. “I was not that candidate."

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Sanders, a senator from Vermont, made the remark after Clinton called him out for criticizing Obama and saying he "failed the presidential leadership test."

"Calling the president weak, calling him a disappointment, calling several times that he should have a primary opponent when he ran for reelection in 2012," she said, "I think that goes further than saying 'we have our disagreements."'  

Clinton said that while she understands there are policy disagreements, the "personal assessments and charges" Sanders made were "particularly troubling." 

Sanders defended himself earlier in the debate, saying he had worked with Obama, and that a U.S. senator has the right to disagree with the president.

Updated at 11:21 p.m.

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