Democratic Debate: Clinton Praised Obama, Argues on Health Care, Guns With Sanders

Time: 12:21 p.m. CEST

Democratic presidential candidates for Democratic Nomination for presidential elections in 2016 held the last debate before the primary vote in Iowa. In Charleston, South Carolina three remaining contenders shared their views on economy, healthcare, and foreign policy.

Media in the United States summarize important excerpts of the debate and analyze the outcome between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Third candidate, Maryland Governor Martin O’ Malley receives insignificant media coverage compared with Clinton or Sanders.

But, the New York Times  said that Clinton appealed to several topics, a legacy of the current President, Barack Obama. Clinton, as New York Times said, praised Obama on issues, both domestic and on foreign relations.

Clinton linked herself with the way Obama may the exit for the U.S. of the Great Recession, achieved nuclear deal with Iran. The Times defines that, “Over and over Sunday night, Clinton turned to Obama, as both sword and shield; sometimes even in the same breath.” Debate turned to the issues of Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank bill.

“Now, I personally believe that President Obama’s work to push through the Dodd-Frank, the Dodd-Frank bill and then to sign it was one of the most important regulatory schemes we’ve had since the 1930s,” she said, as the Times reports. “So I’m going to defend Dodd-Frank, and I’m going to defend President Obama for taking on Wall Street, taking on the financial industry and getting results.”

Sanders called the President a friend and reiterate his attacks to Clinton’s relations with the banks. Clinton appealed “to black voters before the commemoration of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday,” with praising Obama’s Democratic dinner in Charleston.

The Times, emphasized that, “the debate came at a critical moment in the campaign.” The possible advantage for Sanders in Iowa with his standings among young voters “has suddenly made Iowa’s contest a dead heat,” the Times concludes. While Clinton called to a continuation of the Obama’s legacy, Sanders called for “an end to establishment politics and the beginning of radical change.”

Contrary to the Times’ conclusions, NBC News that organized the debate together with YouTube said, “Bernie Sanders shined in Sunday night’s Democratic debate.” As NBC writes, with polls showing Clinton on the ropes in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders’ “strong performance may have further imperiled Clinton’s once-inevitable path to her party’s presidential nomination.” NBC evaluates that Sanders “brushed aside” Clinton’s attack and returned to his focus, “message of political revolution.”

CNN gives importance to the part of the debate about gun safety and says that Clinton slammed Sanders for voting “with NRA, with the gun lobby numerous times.” Sanders said he had D-minus voting rating with the NRA and refuted attacks. However, Clinton expresses praise that Sanders “reversed his position on immunity,” after he supported in 2005 a vote, which enabled gun manufactures immunity from the prosecution. On Saturday, Sanders announced he revoke support for that vote.

According to CNN, recent polls in Iowa and New Hampshire show, “Clinton is in a increasingly precarious position.” A survey by Monmouth University in the Granite State last week “head Sanders ahead by 14 points.”

But, Clinton still leads nationally. Latest NBC/Wall Street Journal showed Clinton’s advantage to Sanders. Clinton has 59%, Sanders 34% and the third candidate, and O’Malley has 2%. With this, CNN writes that, “the debate was a frustrating experience for O’Malley, who was complaining on the lack of equal time during the debate. Before the debate, Sanders released his new health plan. It should be a Medicare for all, based on raising taxes on the middle class, CNN explains.



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