The Most Heated Moments Of The Democratic Debate Had Both The Candidates Sweating
Thursday night, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders went head to head in the final Democratic presidential debate in Brooklyn. More than any other debate between the two Democrats, the politicians were quick to attack one another and weren't afraid to get a little loud or enthusiastic. The most heated moments of the Democratic debate highlight how badly they each want to win the New York primary Tuesday.
On stage in a city in which they each have deep roots and with the 2016 presidential primaries nearing the end, Clinton and Sanders were both on top of their game Thursday. As soon as the debate kicked off, insults were flying and the Brooklyn crowd was enthusiastically cheering or booing after every statement. The politicians have kept debates mostly civil in the past, but that strategy was obviously abandoned — whether the moderators asked about breaking up big banks, the candidates' judgment, or gun control, neither hesitated to tie their response to what they viewed as a negative aspect of their opponent's campaign.
Whether you watched the debate or not, it will be highly entertaining to experience (or re-experience) the most heated instances of the debate, because watching these two duke it out felt like watching a reality TV show.
"I Do Question Her Judgment"
In reference to Clinton voting for the Iraq War, Sanders confidently said: "I do question her judgment."
Sanders was asked about previously calling Clinton "unqualified," and she quickly responded by saying: "I've been called a lot of things in my life. [Unqualified] was a first."
Breaking Up Big Banks
After the moderators brought it up, Clinton called out the Vermont senator for constantly saying he'll break up big banks, but having no plan for how to do so.
The Fight For $15
While debating the issue of a $15 minimum wage — more precisely, whether or not Clinton really supports it — Sanders and Clinton were both trying to talk over one another. Moderator Wolf Blitzer had to step in and say, "If you're both screaming at each other, the viewers won’t be able to hear either of you."
Clinton was asked about previously blaming Vermont (Sanders' current home state) for New York's gun problem. After she started to answer, Sanders chuckled at her response that he disagreed with, not realizing that she'd snap back, "It's not a laughing matter."
Moderator Errol Louis had to repeat Sanders' name over and over as the senator continued to talk over him in order to ask about phasing out nukes and banning fracking.
Clinton attacked Sanders' free college plan by saying that her dad use to say when someone offers you something for free, read the fine print.
"You Didn't Answer The Question"
Sanders called Clinton out for not actually answering a question, and the two got into a "yes, I did," "no, you didn't" back and forth that resulted in Clinton saying, "Don't put words into my mouth."
"Welcome On Board"
While talking about Clinton's wish to lift the cap on taxable income and expand social security, Sanders quipped: "Welcome on board. I'm glad you're here."
"They Must Have Been Really Crushed"
Sanders also joked about claims that Clinton called out big banks. "Oh my goodness, they must have been really crushed by this," he said sarcastically.
The debate was anything but dull.