Clinton, Sanders clash over minorities, money and Obama

02/12/2016 14:51 | 19

During Thursday's Democratic debate, the last before the SC primary, the party's two presidential candidates argued over who had said more damaging things about President Obama's leadership.

"Bernie speaks my language", said Adrian Thompson, one of the Sanders supporters who stood in the cold for an hour to get a ticket.

But on the issue of college affordability, she accused the Vermont senator of "making promises we can't keep".

"I am proud to say Henry Kissinger is not my friend", Sanders said, hitting Clinton for in the past saying she took advice from the former secretary of state and linking him to genocide in Southeast Asia.

He called for "fundamental police reform", and said Americans are "sick and tired" of seeing unarmed African Americans killed by police officers.

Senator Sanders repeated his accusation that Mrs Clinton is too beholden to the Wall Street interests she once represented as a United States senator from NY, noting her fundraising organisation received $15 million in donations from Wall Street. "The kind of criticism we've heard from Senator Sanders I expect from Republicans", she said.

"There's a huge gap right now between Congress and the American people", the senator said on "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" earlier.

Still, Sanders did find time to suggest that, on the issue of running primary challenges against Obama, Clinton might be tossing stones in a glass house. And he noted that Mrs. Clinton was the only one on the stage who ran against Mr. Obama in the 2008 presidential race. Clinton has sought to portray herself as the president's natural successor and the defender of his legacy.

Both candidates haven't exactly been BFFs with Obama. "She's standing with the president to get stronger gun laws so no family ever has to go through anything like this again".

Sanders has focused his campaign nearly exclusively on a call to break up big Wall Street banks and overhaul the current campaign finance system that he says gives wealthy Americans undue influence.

Candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders spent the better part of night one-upping each other on foreign policy and Wall Street ties.

The next primary and caucus (South Carolina and Nevada, respectively) are in more diverse states than New Hampshire and Iowa, however, so it's expected that Clinton will out-perform the self-described democratic socialist.

As a result of his efforts and the efforts of Joe Biden against unprecedented, I was there in the Senate, unprecedented Republican obstructionism, we have made enormous progress.

"Count me in as somebody who will not be listening to Henry Kissinger".

"The idea that we someday maybe have decent relations with Iran, maybe put pressure on them so they end their support for terrorism around the world, yes, that is something I want to achieve", he said. Clinton said Sanders' plan would increase the size of government by 40-percent and questioned whether it's achievable.

With Sanders showing surprising levels of support among young women voters, Clinton defended her record working to empower women and said she was not seeking their vote merely because she aimed to become the nation's first female president.

The former secretary of state is banking on support from minorities to help her blunt Sanders' broad appeal with young voters and liberals.

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