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Bernie Sanders' interview with the New York Daily News, more political news this week

Sen. Bernie Sanders received some criticism this week about his responses in an interview with the New York Daily News. He and Hillary Clinton also threw critiques at each other about who is more qualified to be president.

Meanwhile, GOP candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz campaigned in New York, but one was not met with as much enthusiasm as the other.

Scroll down for this week’s top news on the presidential candidates.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton didn't have any rallies in New
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Hillary Clinton didn't have any rallies in New York this week, but she did ride the subway in the Bronx. She spoke briefly with supporters and press outside Yankee Stadium on Thursday, and then rode the No. 4 train from 161st Street-Yankee Stadium to 170th Street.

While it took her multiple tries to swipe in, she knew to use a MetroCard, not a token. Her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders revealed in an interview with the New York Daily News that he still thought the subway used tokens.

Clinton and Sanders officially agreed to have a debate on April 14, five days before the New York primary on April 19. The debate will be held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Duggal Greenhouse at 9 p.m., and will be hosted by CNN and NY1.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders has won the last six states,
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Bernie Sanders has won the last six states, but he still trails behind Clinton in the delegate count by nearly 700 (including superdelegates).

The New York Daily News published a nearly hourlong interview with Sanders this week about some of the points he has brought up throughout his campaign.

Many have been critical of Sanders for not having the answers to certain questions, including exactly how he would "break up the banks," how he would handle negotiations between Israel and Palestinians, and whether he thinks President Barack Obama has the right policy to address ISIS.

He also received criticism for saying he does not think the victims of gun violence should be able to sue the manufacturers of the weapons, which was in reference to the lawsuit against manufacturers brought by the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims.

"But I do believe that gun manufacturers and gun dealers should be able to be sued when they should know that guns are going into the hands of wrong people," Sanders explained. "So if somebody walks in and says, 'I'd like 10,000 rounds of ammunition,' you know, well, you might be suspicious about that."

Erica Smegielski, the daughter of the Sandy Hook principal who was among those killed, tweeted at Sanders, "Shame on you, @BernieSanders try living one hour of our lives. Love, the #SandyHook Principal's Daughter."

Clinton also commented on the interview with Sanders, responding to a question asking whether she thinks Sanders is qualified to be president.

"The core of his campaign has been 'break up the banks,' and it didn't seem, in reading his answers, that he understood exactly how that would work under Dodd-Frank, exactly who would be responsible, what the criteria were," she said in an interview on MSNBC. "I think he hadn't done his homework, and he'd been talking for more than a year about doing things that he obviously hadn't really studied or understood, and that does raise a lot of questions."

Sanders responded with his own attack, saying Clinton was not qualified to be president "if she is, through her super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds."

He later said Clinton is "of course" qualified in an interview with the "Today" show, and both candidates said the other would be a better candidate than the Republican candidates any day.

Donald Trump

After coming off a rough week, when his
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After coming off a rough week, when his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was arrested and his comments about punishing women if they get an abortion put him under fire, Trump stayed out of controversial headlines this week.

The real estate mogul held a rally Wednesday night in Bethpage, Long Island, where he was welcomed by up to 10,000 people. He made sure to point out his ties to New York, including that he used to golf at Bethpage State Park.

Trump reiterated his desires to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, "knock the hell out of ISIS" and "start winning again" in America. He also criticized Clinton, the press and his Republican opponent Ted Cruz.

"I think you can forget about him," Trump said of Cruz.

There were also around 200 protesters at the rally. Two people were arrested, police said.

The polls look good for Trump going into the New York primary. Although he lost the Wisconsin primary on April 5, he is leading in New York with support from over 50 percent of likely Republican voters, according to a Monmouth University Poll released Wednesday.

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz started the week with a win
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Ted Cruz started the week with a win in Wisconsin on April 5.

But his campaigning in New York was less successful. When he met with black and Latino pastors at a restaurant in the Bronx on Wednesday, he was met by a small gathering of supporters and a handful of protesters. One protester said "Ted Cruz has no business being in the Bronx" because of his position on immigration.

On Thursday, Cruz met with Orthodox Jewish supporters in Brooklyn, ensuring them that if he is president, he would be a strong ally to Israel.

"I give you my word, after these seven long years of an administration that turned a blind eye and a cold shoulder to Israel, in January 2017, that will end," Cruz said.

He also criticized Trump for having "a profound lack of understanding" of foreign politics.


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