Bernie Sanders responds to Hillary Clinton's criticism that he didn't afford her adequate 'respect'

Sen. Bernie Sanders dismissed Hillary Clinton's criticism that he and his supporters didn't afford her the same respect in the 2016 campaign that she gave then-Sen. Barack Obama after losing the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.

Speaking on "The View" this week, the former secretary of state reiterated the argument she makes in her new book "What Happened," claiming that Sanders didn't adequately convince his most ardent followers to support her campaign.

"I was arguing with my supporters at the Denver convention in 2008 about why they had to quit complaining that I didn't win and get out and support Barack Obama," Clinton said. "And I didn't get that respect from him and his supporters."

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1. He's a socialist, and he doesn't deny it. When he ran for office in 1990 he responded to an ad trying to link him to Fidel Castro by saying,  "I am a socialist and everyone knows that."
 

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2. He used to moonlight as a comedy actor, appearing in the 1999 film "My X-Girlfriends Wedding Reception."

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4. He made headlines in in 2010 when he tried to block a deal that included a tax cut extension for the wealthy with a filibuster-like stand. The stunt trended on Twitter with the hashtag #filibernie and later crashed the Senate video server.

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5. He is not religious. While all past presidents have been openly religious and Christian, Sanders says he identifies as Jewish but doesn't practice. 

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7. He grew up in a working class family in Brooklyn, and his father was a Polish immigrant.

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8. He released an album called 'We Shall Overcome' in which he reads speeches about peace and justice with a choir singing in the background. It's available on iTunes. 

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9. He is a big believer in Scandinavian political thinking and has said that the U.S. should adopt some of their principles, including the idea that health care should be a right, and higher education should be free.

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In an interview with "Meet The Press" on Sunday, Sanders responded to Clinton's criticism, arguing that he canvassed for her throughout the US.

"I worked as hard as I could after endorsing Hillary Clinton — I went all over this country," Sanders said.

The Vermont senator pointed out that a number of Clinton's 2008 supporters backed then-Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain over Obama.

"People say 'Well, not everybody who voted for Bernie ended up voting for Hillary,'" Sanders said. "No kidding. That's what happens in politics."

The release of Clinton's book last week has reignited many 2016 Democratic primary debate topics.

The former secretary of state dedicates several parts of the book to critiquing Sanders' political message, saying his attacks on her caused "lasting damage" to her campaign by giving Donald Trump rhetorical ammunition, and comparing his platform to a scene in the 1990s romantic comedy "Something About Mary."

For his part, the Vermont senator has repeatedly said Democrats should stop reliving the 2016 primary.

"Let’s not keep arguing about 2016," Sanders said during an interview earlier this month. "Let’s get together, take on Trump’s desire to divide us up. Let’s go forward with a progressive agenda."

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