(CNN) Bernie Sanders says his criticism of Hillary Clinton's "shouting" on gun control has nothing to do with her gender.
"What can I say – that's just not the case," the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential contender said Sunday in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."
She said: "I'm not shouting. It's just that when women talk, some people think we're shouting."
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Sanders on Sunday laughed at her suggestion that his remarks were about gender.
"All that I can say is I am very proud of my record on women's issues. I certainly do not have a problem with women speaking out – and I think what the secretary is doing there is taking words and misapplying them," Sanders told Tapper.
"What I would say is if we are going to make some progress in dealing with these horrific massacres that we're seeing, is that people have got to start all over this country talking to each other," he said. "It's not Hillary Clinton. You have some people who are shouting at other people all across this country. You know that. This nation is divided on this issue."