Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders once again hurled issues and accusations at each other during the latest Democratic debate on Wednesday, which was simulcast on CNN.
Sanders, 74, was fresh off of his upset over Clinton, 68, in Michigan on Tuesday, which he claims to be “one of the major political upsets in modern American history.”
In addition, the senator said that his win in Michigan could push super delegates to rethink their decision of supporting the former secretary of state. Sanders believes that his win in the state means that people are appreciating his stand against Wall Street.
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The senator added that, between him and Clinton, he is a better match-up against Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton seemed unfazed, even though she lost one of the most crucial states in the primaries.
She downplayed the loss, saying that “it was a very close race” and that she “has won some, and lost some.” Clinton added that in spite of the results of the primaries, she still holds a commanding lead against her rival.
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Considering the surprising results of the Michigan primaries, the two Democratic presidential candidates came all out in reestablishing their respective campaigns during the Wednesday debate, which was sponsored by The Washington Post and Univision.
Clinton unleashed a rather novel attack against Sanders, citing his failure to bail out the auto industry during 2008. She pointed out that, at the time, both she and Sanders supported the auto bailout, which was blocked by Republicans.
However, Sanders then voted against the bailout bill for financial firms, and Clinton said that if everyone else “had voted as he voted, we would not have rescued the auto industry.”
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Spar during the Michigan DemDebate
The former Secretary of State had been touting her stances on the economy and trade issues even before the Michigan primaries, although the state showed more confidence in Sanders on the said issues.
“I want to be the president for the struggling, the striving, and the successful,” Hillary Clinton said regarding trade and the economy.
Unfortunately, despite the stances she has laid out during her campaign, some people do not trust her. According to a report by The New York Times, Michigan residents showed more support to Sanders’ opposition to free-trade agreements, which have led to thousands of jobs lost.
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On the other hand, Sanders continued his assault on Clinton’s ties with Wall Street. He also hit Clinton for not releasing copies of her speeches to top financial institutions.
Sanders said that the public will finally know whether Clinton has been saying one thing to financial firms and another the people once she releases the transcripts.
While Clinton and Sanders do not agree on some things, they share the same views about Trump, who is the leading candidate of the GOP. Both candidates took jabs at the billionaire’s promise to deport 11 million undocumented migrants from the United States.
The two also agreed to provide assistance to undocumented migrants who are law-abiding and said that they would support a path to citizenship for such people.
While Hillary Clinton may be experiencing some setbacks in major states, she is still leading by a huge margin over Bernie Sanders. In Mississippi alone, she garnered 30 delegates, as opposed to Bernie’s four.
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However, one major bomb that could blow up anytime is the case that is currently being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigation is looking into the details of Clinton’s alleged use of her private email network for the transmission and sending of classified files.
When asked about it on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton said that she will not be indicted.
“Oh for goodness, that is not going to happen,” she said. “I’m not even going to answer that question.”
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