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Sanders: Clinton ‘has to answer some very significant questions’

In this March 10, 2015 file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks at the International Association of Firefighters Legislative Conference and Presidential Forum in Washington.
In this March 10, 2015 file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks at the International Association of Firefighters Legislative Conference and Presidential Forum in Washington. AP

Sen. Bernard Sanders is trying to push Hillary Clinton to answer some tough questions as he mulls a bid for the White House himself.

Sanders, a Vermont independent, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday that Clinton “has to answer some very significant questions.”

The former secretary of state formally entered the race for the Democratic presidential nomination Sunday.

Sanders, a decided longshot, was asked if he could win the nomination. “Yes. I would not run, to be honest with you, unless I thought that I could,” he said. “I go around the country a bit and I think the beltway pundits are way out of touch with where real people are.”

Sanders and Clinton served together in the Senate.

“I've known Hillary Clinton for many years and I like Hillary Clinton very much and clearly this is a very capable person but she has to answer some very significant questions,” Sanders said.

Sanders has long been an advocate for the poor and rails frequently against income inequality.

“In terms of Wall Street, I believe we have to break up these giant banks, they're just too powerful. Where does Hillary Clinton stand on that?” he asked. “The bottom line is we need people to stand up to the billionaire class and their economic and political power. That's what we need.”

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