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Sanders calls James Carville 'a political hack'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Amazon wins union election — says 'our employees made the choice' On The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists MORE (I-Vt.) is hitting back at Democratic strategist James Carville, who had cast doubt on his electability, calling Carville a “political hack.”

“James, in all due respect, is a political hack, who said very terrible things when he was working for [then-Sen. Hillary] Clinton [D-N.Y.] against Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaUS raises concerns about Iran's seriousness in nuclear talks Matt Stoller calls on Biden administration to keep McKinsey away from infrastructure Obamas describe meeting Prince Philip in statement mourning his death MORE. I think he said some of the same things,” Sanders told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday.

“Look, we are taking on the establishment, this is no secret to anybody,” Sanders added, noting that Goldman Sachs head Lloyd Blankfein also recently criticized him.

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“We are taking on [President] Trump, the Republican establishment, Carville and the Democratic establishment, but at the end of the day, the grassroots movement that we are putting together of young people, of working people, of people of color, want real change,” he continued.

Carville, who had announced his support of Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSenators press for answers in Space Command move decision Biden announces first slate of diverse judicial nominees American Rescue Plan: Ending child poverty — let's make it permanent MORE’s (D-Colo.) presidential campaign before Bennet ended his bid Tuesday night, warned last week of the Democratic Party becoming an “ideological cult," saying on MSNBC, “We don’t need to become the British Labour Party. That’s a bad thing. It’s not going well over there."

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He responded to Sanders's insults in a Thursday phone call, according to Vanity Fair reporter Peter Hamby

“Last night on CNN, Bernie called me a political hack. That’s exactly who the f*** I am! I am a political hack! I am not an ideologue. I am not a purist. He thinks it’s a pejorative; I kinda like it,” Carville said.

He added: "At least I'm not a communist."

—Updated at 3:30 p.m.