Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has faced off with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the first presidential democratic debate of the season.
The debate was held in Las Vegas.
NPR notes that the democratic debate delivered punches which are “policy-focused and far more civil” compared with Republican debates.
Democrat former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee were also present but “most of the speaking time” went to Clinton and Sanders, NPR reports.
The site reports that Clinton was questioned for her late decision in opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as well as the Keystone Pipeline.
Clinton, however, proved that she was “progressive,” CNN mentions.
“Over the course of my entire life, I have always fought for the same values and principles, but, like most human beings, including those of us who run for office, I do absorb new information. I do look at what’s happening in the world,” Clinton said.
She then took Sanders for his “political philosophy.” CNN reports that Sanders defended himself of being a democratic socialist.
Sanders went on by saying that he is against the system “where the top 10% in the country have more wealth than the bottom 90%.” He revealed that his political vision is similar to that of Scandinavian nations with “strong health care systems and social safety nets.”
Clinton then said, “I love Denmark” and went on by saying that they are running for Presidency in the United States.
Clinton also asked about Sanders’ position on regulation of firearms. It is to be recalled that Clinton had proposed a plan to reduce gun violence in the US.
Sanders then told Clinton that “all the shouting in the world is not going to do what I hope all of us want.”
Sanders pointed to out Clinton’s use of her private e-mail when she was still Secretary of State, to which Clinton responded that “she wanted to focus her energy on policy issues that were more important to voters,” as mentioned on Reuters.
The site noted that it seems Sanders came to Clinton’s defense. The senator said, “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”
NPR reports that O’Malley has also questioned Sanders on gun policies and Clinton on Wall Street reforms. However, both Chafee and Webb didn’t have enough time to speak in the two-hour debate.
During the feisty debate, Republican Frontrunner and billionaire Donald Trump “live-tweeted.”
Here are some tweets of the “master-brander.”
Time reports that by the end of the debate, Trump “had added some 60,000 followers on Twitter” while Sanders had 28,000. Clinton was reported to have “attracted a mere 10,000 new followers.”