Harris Dismisses Gabbard Attack: I’m a ‘Top-Tier Candidate,’ She’s at ‘Zero or One Percent’

Harris: Gabbard an apologist for Bashar al-Assad

Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) dismissed an attack Wednesday by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii) on her controversial record as a prosecutor, calling herself a "top-tier candidate" getting attacked by someone at "zero or 1 percent."

Gabbard ripped Harris at the debate for several aspects of her record on criminal justice, including her extensive prosecutions of marijuana users while California's Attorney General. She noted Harris laughed about smoking marijuana herself during a recent radio interview and had done an about-face by now supporting its legalization.

Harris watched the debate moment during an interview afterward with CNN's Anderson Cooper. Asked if she expected such an attack, Harris confessed she would sound "immodest."

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"I'm obviously a top-tier candidate, and so I did expect that I would be on the stage and take hits tonight, because there are a lot of people who trying to make the stage for the next debate," Harris said.

"For a lot of them, it's do or die," Cooper said.

"Well, yeah, and especially when people are at zero or 1 percent, or whatever she might be at, and so I did expect I might take hits tonight," Harris said.

As her team did when Gabbard called her unqualified to be Commander-in-Chief last week, Harris pointed to Gabbard's record on Syria, calling her an "apologist" for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Gabbard has met with Assad and said he is not an enemy of the U.S. She's also questioned intelligence holding him responsible for brutal chemical attacks on his own people.

"I can only take what she says and her opinion so seriously," Harris said.