DURHAM, NH – Just a day after their most talked about town hall clash, Sec. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders faced off in the most heated debate yet leading to the New Hampshire Primary.
The issue on who is more progressive between the two came up as expected, only this time with more fireworks.
“I’m a progressive that like to get things done, and cherry picking a quote here and there doesn’t not change my record,” Clinton said. “Let’s talk about what we would do as president and commander-in-chief to make sure the progress continue into the future.”
“That’s right,” said Sanders. “Instead of arguing about definitions, let’s talk about what we should do,” said Sanders.
Clinton said, “You began it began it yesterday with your comment.”
“And one of the things we should do is not only talk the talk but walk the walk. I am proud to say that I am the only candidate here who does not have a Super PAC,” said Sanders.
Clinton and Sanders went head to head, once again, over Wall Street donations.
Sanders said, “There is a reason why these people are putting huge amounts of money into our political system and in my view it is undermining our democracy.”
“There is this attack that he is putting forward, said Clinton. “Enough is enough. If you have something to say, say it directly. I think it’s time to end this very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out in recent weeks. Let’s talk about the issue.”
Clinton’s 2002 vote to go to war in Iraq still haunts her until today.
“We’ve differed in the war in Iraq which created barbaric organizations like ISIS. Not only did I vote against that war, I have lead the opposition,” said Sanders.
“Look we did differ. A vote in 2002 is not a plan to defeat ISIS,” said Clinton.
When it comes to health care, Clinton and Sanders have agreements and disagreements.
“Sen. Sanders wants us to start all over again,” said Clinton. “I am not going to wait and have this plunge back into a contentious national debate that has very little chance of succeeding.”
“The idea that I would dismantle health care in America while we’re waiting to pass a Medicare for all is just not accurate,” said Sanders. “But by moving forward, rallying the American people, I do believe we should have health care for all.”
It was a debate that meant to distinguish the differences between the two candidates, showcasing who might be the better Democratic nominee for the next president of the United States of America.
“I have been moved by my heart ever since I was a young woman about the age of a lot of Sen. Sanders’ supporters, worried about what I could do to make a difference for my country and I will bring that heart with me,” said Clinton. “But I will also tell you we gotta get our heads together to come up with the best answers to some problems.”
“I’m running for president because I believe it is too late for establishment politics. I do believe we need a political revolution,” said Sanders.
But at the end of the day, it was a clash of ideas more than personalities.
“If I’m fortunate to be the nominee, the first person I would call to talk to… where we go and how we get it done… would be Sen. Sanders,” said Clinton.
“I happen to respect the Secretary, I hope it’s mutual,” said Sanders. “On our worst days, I think it’s fair to say we are a hundred times better than any Republican candidate.”
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