Some of the best moments of the Democratic Debate include Senator Bernie Sanders saying people should stop talking about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s “damn emails,” former Virginia Senator Jim Webb feeling left out of the debate, and CNN moderator Anderson Cooper saying the audience had probably smoked marijuana.
The debate was dominated by Clinton and Sanders, while Webb, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb and former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee appeared as supporting participants.
Democratic Socialism, Sanders said, was in contrast to the “casino capitalism” he felt was how the current political system of the United States represented itself as. Speaking about gun control, Sanders said that he “has a D- rating from the N.R.A.,” as reported by Vanity Fair. He also called for better mental health and background checks, and highlighted that gun use is different in “rural” states. When Clinton was asked whether she believes Sanders’ stance on gun control was sufficiently tough, she said, “No, not at all.”
About the Brady Bill, a gun safety law that was passed in 1993 and which Sanders had voted against, she said, “It was pretty straightforward to me.”
When the subject of foreign policy arrived, Sanders described the Iraq War as the “the worst foreign policy blunder in history of America,” adding that he would not send troops to the Middle East to combat terrorism. “No one does, Senator Sanders,” was Clinton’s reply. She also mentioned that she and then-Senator Barack Obama had discussed the Iraq War in 2008, and that Obama chose Clinton as “Secretary of State because he valued my judgment.”
Meanwhile, Webb, who felt ignored and left out in the beginning of the debate, asked for more time.
Donald Trump posted a series of tweets, giving his live commentary on the debate. His tweets can be viewed here.
There was a divide between opinions when it came to the topic of NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden. While Chafee said he would “bring [Snowden] home,” Sanders said Snowden “broke the law.” Clinton said that she does not think Snowden “should be brought home without facing the music.”
As reported by abc7ny.com Clinton also received criticism about changing her stance on issues like gay marriage and trade, but she smartly defended the same, saying “Like most human beings, I do absorb new information, I do look at what’s happening in the world.”