In tonight’s Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders — each with one nominating contest victory under their belts — looked ahead to the upcoming primaries in Nevada and South Carolina.
1. A focus on African-American issues
Tonight’s debate might be in Wisconsin, but the candidates seemed to be looking ahead to South Carolina. In their opening statements, both Clinton and Sanders nodded to issues that concern African-American voters.
2. A debate over the size of government…and the feasibility of Sanders’ proposals
Sanders is running on ambitious proposals, including single-payer healthcare and tuition-free public colleges and universities. Clinton criticized it as too expensive, saying that “the numbers don’t add up.” Sanders has proposed that public colleges and universities be tuition free, while Clinton has a “debt-free” plan.
3. Reaction to the Albright controversy
Clinton was asked about former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s recent, controversial comment that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”
Clinton toed a careful line in her answer — she didn’t criticize Albright (rather, she noted that Albright has been saying that for years), and she added that she wants women and men alike to make “the best decisions in their minds that they can make.”
4. “I am proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend.”
The former Secretary of State’s name popped up eight times in the transcript, nearly 40 years after he served in the office.Sanders criticized Clinton for having said that she had sought advice from Kissinger as Secretary of State.
5. “I agree with President Obama.”
President Obama came up an awful lot for a person who wasn’t on the stage. Clinton in particular invoked the president often, praising Obamacare, his policing task force, and his advocacy for young men.
Source : NPR News