Democratic Debate RECAP

Credit: Morguefile.com

Credit: Morguefile.com

Republican Donald Trump seemed to have been on Hillary Clinton’s side during the Democratic debate on Tuesday night, as he states that the front-running Democratic candidate “did what she had to do,” according to ABC News.

“She got through it fine,” said Trump. “It was a very kind debate, very gentle. She came out the winner.”

The republican believes that Bernie Sanders should have attacked Clinton more and that their on-stage handshake was a mistake.

“I think that he’s losing by quite a bit; he shouldn’t have done it,” Trump said of the Sanders-Clinton handshake prompted by Sanders’ saying Americans are tired of hearing about the “damn emails” that continue to dog her campaign, according to ABC News. 

Hillary Clinton delivered a pleasant performance in the campaign’s first Democratic presidential debate as she firmly defending herself against claims that she flip flops for political gain and likely suppressing nerves in her own party after a stumbling start.

Clinton produced a more convincing reason for why she should be President than she has done so far. Clinton dismissed the idea of how she was motivated mainly by restoring the Clinton political machine. She argued she has the vision and experience to enforce change, and drew an analogy between her own relentless refusal to admit defeat with the resilience of America itself as the nation battles back after a tough recession, according to CNN. 

The issue is not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up,” said Clinton. “I have been very consistent. 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.”

Bernie Sanders put in a strong and well performance as well. Sanders was largely true to his word that he would not mount direct attacks but try to confine the debate to the issues.  he and the other candidates weren’t able to subject Clinton to uncomfortable scrutiny over her vote to authorize war in Iraq, which still rankles the party’s base voters, or her failures as secretary of state, according to CNN. 

Clinton slammed Sanders for his views on guns, including voting against legislation such as the Brady Bill.

Clinton was asked whether Sanders had been tough enough on regulating firearms.

“No, not at all,” said Clinton. “This has gone on too long and it is time the entire country stand up against the NRA.”

Sanders stated:

“All the shouting in the world is not going to do what I hope all of us want–restrictions on firearms.”

Sanders also seemed to score points when he implicitly turned on Clinton over her ties to big business and rich donors.

“In my view, Congress doesn’t regulate Wall Street, Wall Street regulates Congress,” said Sanders.

 

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