Bill Clinton gets into lengthy exchange with Sanders supporter
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Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonCampaign dads fit fatherhood between presidential speeches Dems eye repeal of Justice rule barring presidential indictments Dems eye repeal of Justice rule barring presidential indictments MORE on Wednesday reportedly got into a lengthy exchange with a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersConfused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Biden leads in early voting states, followed by Warren, Sanders: poll MORE while the former president was campaigning in New Mexico on behalf of his wife, Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate House Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally MORE

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Clinton defended his economic record in the exchange with the man, who only identified himself as Josh.

"If you never have to make a decision, then you can go back to the past and cherry-pick everything [for a narrative] that is blatantly false," Clinton told the 24-year-old Sanders supporter, according to a pool report from a BuzzFeed reporter.

"Seems like your narrative is that you did the best job that you could have possibly done from the most progressive standpoint that you possibly could have had," the Sanders supporter responded.

"No," Clinton interjected as the man continued telling the former president he had "campaigned as a New Democrat." The protestor also said he didn't agree with welfare reform under Clinton, according to a local report. The exchange at the Santa Fe, N.M., restaurant lasted 30 minutes, and one patron told media the Sanders supporter was a "troublemaker."

Bill Clinton is campaigning in the state this week for his wife ahead of New Mexico's June 7 primary. He was spotted on Wednesday mingling with diners and taking a selfie, as well as speaking to supporters in Albuquerque.

The former president has exchanged barbs with critics before, including last month when he clashed with a protester during a speech in Philadelphia who went after the crime bill he signed in the 1990s.