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MSNBC hosted democratic debate between two of the candidates for Democratic presidential nomination for the 2016 presidential elections. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders discussed their views on the America’s future. The debate included questions of the economy, Wall Street reforms, foreign and social issues.
Democratic Debate came several day before the voting on New Hampshire primaries on February 9. Clinton explained her politics for progressive work, while Senator Sanders implored that he wants to “transform” America. As in previous debates, Clinton and Sanders confronted on the influence of the Wall Street in the United States.
It was first one-on-one debate between Clinton and Sanders. In more than one hour and-a-half encounter the candidates have enough room for the candidates to discus arguments on the word “progressive.” However, the biggest discussion developed after Sanders pointed out to Clinton of taking Wall Street money. Clinton said that her rival wants to show an image of her for being in the pocket of the Wall Street.
Sanders named the campaign donations and the fees she had received for speeches she delivered at companies of Wall Street. But Clinton returned, “It is time to end the very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out,” she said.
On the foreign policy issues, both candidates clashed over their opinions and Sanders attacked Clinton on her vote for the Iraq War in 2002. In return, Clinton questioned Sanders’ foreign policy expertise. On Iraq, Clinton replied: “A vote in 2002 is not a plan to defeat ISIS.”
Takeaways of the debate:
- Sanders said that Clinton represents the establishment, while he represents ordinary Americans.
- Sanders explained that with standing up against campaign contributors, we transform America.
- Clinton returned that she is “a progressive who gets things done, and the root of that word progressive is progress.”
- When asked to release the transcripts of all her paid speeches – Clinton said she would look at it.
In terms of social media, more than half of users tweeting about the #DemDebate-56 percent-tweeted on Clinton, compared to 44 percent for Sanders, Politico.com published. But, in terms of followers, Bernie Sanders emerged as the winner of the #DemDebate. Overall, Clinton has more followers and after the debate, she had a total of 5.3 million Twitter followers, while Sanders had 1.3 million.
Exchanges between the candidates on Wall Street provoke more tweets. As Politico.com says, the top three are when Sanders called the business model of Wall Street fraud, when Clinton accused Sanders of an “artful smear,” and when Clinton said that her plans to regulate Wall Street went further than her opponent’s.