- Senator Bernie Sanders called James Carville a "political hack," and the former Clinton adviser told insiders he agreed.
- "With all due respect, James is a political hack," Sanders said on CNN on Wednesday.
- This happened after Carville virally abused Sanders on MSNBC, suggesting that he was turning the Democratic Party into an "ideological cult."
- "He's right when he calls me a political hack, and I'm right when I call him a fanatical ideologist," Carville told Insider.
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Senator Bernie Sanders called James Carville a "political hack" on Wednesday after the seasoned democratic strategist on MSNBC virally scolded the Vermont senator.
The former Clinton's adviser had suggested to MSNBC that Sanders be trying to turn the Democratic Party into one "ideological cult" and Anderson Cooper of CNN said he wanted to give the self-proclaimed democratic socialist a chance to respond.
Sanders said to Cooper: "With all due respect, James is a political hack."
"We're competing against Trump, the Republican establishment, Carville, and the Democratic establishment," added Sanders.
– Anderson Cooper 360 ° (@ AC360) February 13, 2020
In a phone call on Thursday, Carville told Insider that he agreed with Sanders.
"He hit me right there. That's me … I'm a political hacker. I love politics. I've worked in 22 countries. For a lot of my life I made a living in politics, not me." I don't know what you'd call me otherwise, "said Carville.
"He's right when he calls me a political hack, and I'm right when I call him a fanatical ideologist," added Carville von Sanders.
Carville said Sanders think a political campaign is about "pushing a left agenda" while a campaign is "about winning."
"He doesn't like politics, I do. We are different people. We come from a different part of the country … And we have fundamental differences in what we think is a political party," said Carville.
Sanders is currently the democratic leader and won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday. But Carville was impressed by the Vermont Senator's victory.
"He won, but he has 26% and he's the leader, and we're going to make that a general election? Please! And it's a state right next to its own," said Carville.
Although Sanders won the referendum in both Iowa and New Hampshire, dominated the fundraising field in 2020, and led the recent national polls, Carville does not believe that Sanders can win the democratic nomination in 2020.
With this in mind, Carville admitted that despite their disagreements over President Donald Trump, he would vote for Sanders.
"I would vote for a fanatical ideologist before voting for a professional criminal," said Carville. "Every day, whoever I choose at any given time has the best chance of firing Trumps a– will be the person I will be for."