Bernie Sanders has defended Hillary Clinton after audio recordings of her criticising his supporters at a fundraiser on 16 February were leaked.

"If you listen to the whole discussion that she had, a very important point that she made is that a lot of young people who went into debt, worked very hard to get a good education, can't find a job commensurate to the education that they received", Sanders told CNN when President Obama was giving the State of Union speech in DATE.

Earlier this week hackers released the audio recording of Clinton.

American political website, the Washington Free Beacon initially published the audio leak. Sanders brushed off criticism and stated that Clinton was highlighting an issue that is a large number of young people are in debt "that's the point there", Bernie said.

Clinton said that Bernie's supporters, "are new to politics completely. They're children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents' basement".

Clinton continued: "If you're feeling like you're consigned to, you know, being a barista, or you know, some other job that doesn't pay a lot, and doesn't have some other ladder of opportunity attached to it, then the idea that maybe, just maybe, you could be part of a political revolution is pretty appealing. I think we all should be really understanding of that."

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The latest YouGov poll shows that only 60% of Sander's supporters are planning on voting for Clinton. Whereas 9% said they would vote for Trump, and Jill Stein – the US Green Party candidate – comes in third with 11%.

As the presidential elections are held on 8 November, Clinton is finding it difficult to win over the millennial voters – those aged 18-35 – whose support she lost to Sanders in the primaries. However, Clinton can change things as nearly 75% of millennials believe Trump is a racist, states a survey by NextGen Climate, a group which supports Clinton.

Bernie added: "We are in the middle of a campaign… If you go to some of the statements I made about Hillary Clinton, we have real differences."