The 5th Democratic Presidential debate took place on the 4th of February in New Hampshire in preparation for the Primary on the following Tuesday. Absent was Martin O'Malley, who left race on Monday following the Iowa Caucus. O'Malley received less than 1% of the vote, forcing the competition to a two horse race between Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders. We have summarised the 1 and half hour debate to its key points (and all the shade!):
Bernie's 90 second introduction focused primarily on the economy and about his campaign's aim is to make sure that the 1% do not get everything and focus on setting up an economy that works for everyone. He also said that "he had never run for president before", taking a dig at Clintons failed 2008 campaign.
Clinton addressed a wider range of topics as well as the economy, such as LGBT rights, racism and health care for everyone . Leading us to the next subject, which appears to be a hot and contentious topic across the board:
Both of the candidates believe in affordable health care for all. Sanders wants to dismantle President Obama's Affordable Care Act and set up a single payer plan, similar to Canada and most of Europe. Hillary on the other hand, wants to continue with ObamaCare. Hillary claimed that Sanders's plan had "little chance of succeeding," while Sanders hit back saying ObamaCare was good but not good enough to deal with all the people without insurance.
Clinton feels that Sanders does not have as much experience in foreign policy, and Sanders agrees. However, he believes the way the two voted in regards to the Iraq war 14 years ago is also important: Clinton voted for; Sanders against. Although Sanders thinks this is a positive, Clinton believes that Sanders will not successfully be able to tackle ISIS.
Sanders made the argument that Clinton was very "establishment" and is not set on trying to take the money out of politics. He stated that Clinton was compensated for speeches made at Goldman Sachs. Clinton called this attack an "artful smear" but didn't answer the question as to whether or not the transcripts for her speeches would be made publically available.
The private emails that have plagued most of Clinton's campaign reared their head again. After she has been accused of conducting government and highly classified business on her personal server. She is 100% confident that nothing will come of the government investigation and it is an "absurdity."
So those are the topics we thought were most important, but what did the candidates feel were most important? Neither of them answered the question, Hillary simply said, "I'm for a lot of things. I don't want to just stop bad things from happening. I want to start good things".
The next debate will take place March 6th in Flint, Michigan and will be aired on CNN.
Whose side are you on? Who do you think won this debate and will win the nomination?