Hillary Clinton's Closing Statement Shows The Strength Of The Democratic Frontrunner
The first of four newly announced Democratic debates took place on Thursday night at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. The event marked the first formal face-off between front-runner Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. (Martin O'Malley dropped out the night of the Iowa caucuses.) At the first caucuses of the election, Clinton declared victory, narrowly besting Sanders, while the Vermont senator was impressed with his showing in the face of what might have seemed like a long shot when he first announced his candidacy. The former secretary of state was clearly looking to capitalize on the slight momentum she has going her way, and is doing anything that she can to set herself apart from her fellow candidate. Hillary Clinton's closing statement certainly reflected that.
Thursday's newly announced debate is positioned perfectly between the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire primary, which is set to take place Tuesday. Sanders is currently projected to win, and Clinton's camp has sent a mixed message on how intensely they'll be focusing on New Hampshire voters. Nonetheless, the presidential hopeful was incredibly engaged and willing to face moderators Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd head-on as they asked difficult questions about foreign policy and economics. Similarly, she addressed Sanders' challenges fairly explicitly. Clinton truly tied it all together with her closing statement, playing up her momentum and focusing on her Republican compatriots rather than targeting Sanders.
In her closing statement, Clinton said:
Her closing statement is one of unity. It also brings to the forefront the many issues that have sadly yet to be addressed on a national debate stage.
Tuesday brings the New Hampshire primary, and the next Democratic debate is set for Thursday, Feb. 11. Hopefully, moderators Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will take note of Clinton's concerns, making for yet another thoughtful showdown between the two candidates.