UPDATE: 10:52 p.m. EST — In his closing statement at the Democratic presidential candidates debate in Milwaukee Thursday night, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont talked about political revolution and reminded the audience: “One of us ran against Barack Obama. I was not that candidate.”
In contrast, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit Sanders on his being too focused on economic issues and attempted to hammer home the point that she can attract a broad coalition of Democrats. “I am not a single-issue candidate, and I do not believe that we live in a single-issue country,” Clinton said. “Does Wall Street and big financial interests, along with drug companies, insurance companies, Big Oil, have too much influence? Right.”
But, Clinton added, even if this influence were gone, other issues associated with inequality would still exist. “We would still have LGBT people who get married on Saturday and get fired on Monday,” she said. “I don’t think our country can live up to its potential unless we give a chance to let every single American to live up to their potential.”
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UPDATE: 10:45 p.m. EST — Both candidates appeared to be vying for custodianship of President Barack Obama’s legacy Thursday night, and Hillary Clinton came out swinging against what she seemed to see as Bernie Sanders’ criticisms of the president.
“The kind of criticism that we’ve heard from Senator Sanders about our president I expect from Republicans, I do not expect from someone running for the Democratic nomination to succeed President Obama,” Clinton said.
Sanders responded by saying he has campaigned with the president and by questioning Clinton about her own agreement with Obama. “Have you ever disagreed with a president?” Sanders asked. “I suspect you may have.”
UPDATE: 10:38 p.m. EST — The candidates sparred over relations with Iran and President Barack Obama’s approach to dealing with the country. Bernie Sanders called for normalizing relations with Iran “someday,” and Clinton responded by detailing a list of issues she said needed to be solved before the U.S. could have more-normal relations with Iran.
“We do not meet with anybody without conditions,” Clinton said.
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UPDATE: 10:30 p.m. EST — Bernie Sanders got a lot of applause for a line about judgment in foreign policy. “Count me in as somebody who will not be listening to Henry Kissinger,” he said about the U.S. secretary of state who served in the 1970s.
UPDATE: 10:28 p.m. EST — When it came to foreign policy, Bernie Sanders brought up Hillary Clinton’s vote for the Iraq War. He opposed the invasion, and this is a criticism he often makes.
Clinton responded by mentioning a number of specific strategies she would use to fight the Islamic State group, aka either ISIL or ISIS, while saying that Sanders previously supported regime changes in Iraq and in Libya. “I do not believe a vote in 2002 is a vote to defeat ISIS in 2016,” Clinton also said.
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UPDATE: 10:23 p.m. EST — Clinton called out Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump over his anti-immigrant rhetoric, especially targeted at Muslims, while indicating the need to keep up the fight against the Islamic State group.
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UPDATE: 10:19 p.m. EST — When the topic of campaign finance came up, Bernie Sanders pointed to his record and stance against big banks, while Hillary Clinton didn’t appear very pleased at a mention of uberwealthy political contributors.
Hillary Clinton asked about two wealthy financiers contributing nearly half of her money raised. Doesn't seem happy. pic.twitter.com/b1L3FP7U3B
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The two also sparred over criminal justice reform. Sanders spoke of the disproportionately black male prison population and the “radical reform of a broken criminal justice system,” emphasizing the need for an end to overpolicing in African-American neighborhoods.
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While Sanders highlighted how black people are frequently on the wrong end of marijuana arrests and traffic violations and subsequently handed stiffer sentences than their white counterparts, Clinton fired back that the first speech she gave on the campaign trail addressed that very topic.
UPDATE: 9:52 p.m. EST — Bernie Sanders said he disagreed with President Barack Obama’s executive actions to deport undocumented immigrants, but Hillary Clinton said she supported the actions, but opposed immigration raids. She noted she voted against comprehensive immigration reform while in the Senate, but that Sanders at the time did not.
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Sanders and Clinton both have decent stances on immigration. The difference is you can see right through Hillary #PBSdebate
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UPDATE: 9:40 p.m. EST — Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton both talked about systematic racism and rates of incarceration among African Americans. Sanders said he is “sick and tired” of seeing videos of unarmed black men shot by police and called for the demilitarization of police departments, and Clinton said she agreed with his comments.
“We have to restore policing that will actually protect the communities that police officers are sworn to protect,” Clinton said.
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UPDATE: 9:28 p.m. EST — The moderators asked Hillary Clinton why women have been so drawn to Bernie Sanders and about comments that her surrogate, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, made that upset some people. Albright said last week, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”
Clinton responded that she has spent her career fighting for women to make their own decisions even if they don’t support her. Sanders also spoke about women’s issues, mentioning equal pay and reproductive rights.
"I've spent my entire adult life working for women to make their own choices - even if that choice is not to vote for me." #DemDebate
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UPDATE: 9:20 p.m. EST — Both candidates sparred over their healthcare plans, with Bernie Sanders repeating his argument that many other countries have universal healthcare and Hillary Clinton saying the U.S. should not start over on the issue.
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"There is one major country on earth that does not guarantee health care to all people." - Sen. Sanders #DemDebate
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UPDATE: 9:15 p.m. EST — The first question was for Bernie Sanders, and focused on how big the government would get under his policies. Sanders said there would be a limit to the size of government but also that he believes the government of a democratic society has a “moral role” to help people.
Hillary Clinton responded that she believes his policies “would probably increase the size of the government by about 40 percent.”
UPDATE: 9:08 p.m. EST — In their opening statements, both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton said they wanted to help regular Americans and take on those at the top. But both also pivoted to discussed fighting for marginalized groups, with Sanders mentioning criminal justice and Clinton saying she wants to help African-Americans.
Clinton opens by parroting several of Sanders' lines/messages, then says, "I want to go further."
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) February 12, 2016
Bernie adds a "broken crimunal justice" system pitch to his usual money in politics and millionaires and billionaires pitch.
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) February 12, 2016
Hillary Clinton has taken the stage. pic.twitter.com/gWic4bn8pD
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UPDATE: 9 p.m. EST — Donald Trump, the front-runner in Republican presidential polls, was scheduled to hold a campaign rally Thursday at 8 p.m. EST, but instead it began just before the Democratic presidential candidates debate. Also under way right now is the television show “Scandal.”
— Vanessa Ross (@VanessaRoss92) February 12, 2016
Donald Trump's Louisiana rally was scheduled to start at 8. Instead it is starting exactly 5 minutes before the #DemDebate. #2016
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While former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton maintains a lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in national polls centered on the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, she’s had a tough week.
After losing by double-digit percentage points to Sanders in the New Hampshire primary election Tuesday, Clinton has seen a renewed interest in her emails during her time at the State Department and the beginning of an intense battle with the Sanders over the support of the African-American community. Ahead of the Democratic presidential candidates debate Thursday, Clinton retained her national lead over Sanders, and she also appears to have more support than he does among minority members of the electorate in early-voting states such as Nevada and South Carolina. Her campaign has said it knows the importance of these voters and is likely hoping that success in those diverse states can blunt some of Sanders’ momentum.
The debate in Milwaukee will start at 9 p.m. EST. “PBS NewsHour” is hosting, and the show’s Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will moderate, making this the first primetime debate this election cycle to be moderated by an all-female team. PBS and CNN will both air the debate, and cord-cutters can live-stream the showdown through the PBS website or CNN.com.
In the latest Democratic debate, the candidates spent much of their time debating what it meant to be a true progressive. While Sanders criticized Clinton over her ties to Wall Street and other establishment campaign contributors, she has continued to make the case that she knows how to execute her proposals and that she is the better option for Democrats in the general election. This will be the first time Clinton and Sanders have come face to face since the New Hampshire primary, and both candidates were expected to bring their A-games to the stage in Wisconsin.
Check back here for live updates from the debate throughout the night.
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