The Democratic debate aired on January 17, 2016, live on NBC and pitted Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley against one another. It’s unclear who won the Democratic debate, and you might find that watching it is the best way to determine the winner.
Some feel that Hillary Clinton won because she continually challenged Bernie Sanders. Others give Bernie Sanders the win due to his quick responses. The Democratic debate aired live at 9 p.m., ET, and if you missed it, you can watch the full debate in the video above. NBC hosts Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell, and Lester Holt presented the questions that the nominees debated. The most contentious issues of the Democratic debate included health care, foreign policy, and gun control.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were more argumentative than in other debates, and several times Hillary Clinton aligned herself with President Obama as well as the Affordable Care Act. Bernie Sanders stated that he is for single payer health insurance, and the two went head to head over the future of health care in America. You can watch all of the issues and how the candidates handled the questions presented during the Democratic debate in the video.
Time is running out before the Iowa caucuses, and if the Democratic debate is any indication, Hillary Clinton is getting worried about Bernie Sanders, as he continues to make gains in the polls. In addition to differences between the two with health care, one area where there was great debate was gun control. Hillary Clinton attacked Bernie Sanders’ voting record in regards to the NRA and gun control.
“I have made it clear, based on Senator Sanders own record, that he has voted with the NRA, with the gun lobby, numerous times. He voted against the Brady Bill five times. He voted for what we call the Charleston loophole. He voted to let guns go on to Amtrak, guns go into national parks. He voted against doing research to figure out how we can save lives.”
Bernie Sanders wasted no time in decrying Clinton’s comments and stated that she was worried because he was gaining more support. He also stated his views on gun control.
“Well, I think Secretary Clinton knows that what she says is very disingenuous. I have a D-minus voting record from the NRA. I was in 1988, there were three candidates running for congress in the state of Vermont, I stood up to the gun lobby and came out and maintained the position that in this country we should not be selling military-style assault weapons.
“I have supported from day one and instant background check to make certain that people who should have guns do not have guns. And that includes people of criminal backgrounds, people who are mentally unstable. I support what President Obama is doing in terms of trying to close the gun show loopholes and I think it should be a federal crime if people act as dormant (ph).
“We have seen in this city a horrendous tragedy of a crazed person praying with people in the coming up and shooting nine people. This should not be a political issue. What we should be doing is working together.”
When it comes to health care, Clinton wants to improve the Affordable Care Act, while Bernie wants to overhaul it with a single payer system dubbed “Medicare for All.” These differences led to some fiery exchanges between the two.
One thing worth noting is that when Bernie Sanders was given an opportunity to make personal, character attacks due to Bill Clinton’s history of infidelity, he refused to take the bait. He stated he wanted to keep things focused on the issues at hand and wasn’t going to bring his campaign to a personal mud-slinging level.
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Watch the full Democratic debate in the video above, and share your comments below. Who has your vote? The next Democratic debate is set for February 11, 2016. It begins at 9 p.m. and will stream live on PBS. You can watch the next Democratic debate here at the Inquisitr as well. Who do you think won last night’s Democratic debate? Was it Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or Martin O’Malley?
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