Democratic debate: Sanders hits, Hillary fires back

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Hillary and Sanders at the debate

Democratic White House candidates, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton went on the offensive against each other on Sunday in the most contentious of their four presidential debates, with Senator Sanders accusing her of cozying up to Wall Street and misrepresenting his stance on healthcare and guns. Reflecting Sanders’ rise in opinion polls, the two candidates went on each other with new urgency over who was best suited to lead Democrats in the November election. Sanders cast himself as the outsider who would lead a political revolution, while Clinton touted her experience and embraced President Barack Obama’s legacy.  Clinton had previously raised questions about the self-styled democratic socialist’s positions on Wall Street reform, healthcare and gun control. Sanders pushed back at every turn, painting Clinton as a defender of the status quo who accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees as a former secretary of state from Wall Street backers.

Hillary Clinton fires back, lashes out at Sanders

Trading blows on the issues of guns and health care, both lawmakers battled for support. Just moments into the debate, the party’s front-runner, blasted and fires the surging Vermont senator over his record of voting against various pieces of gun-control legislation, maintaining an attack line she has used in the two weeks since President Obama announced executive actions to curb gun violence in the U.S. “He has voted with the NRA, the gun lobby, numerous times,” Clinton charged, launching into a long list of bills she contended Sanders opposed, including the Brady Bill and an exception now known as the “Charleston loophole,” which allows buyers to purchase a gun if their background check isn’t completed within three days.

Lifeline: Clinton clings to Obama

According to the CNN, Hillary Clinton embraced President Barack Obama’s political legacy on Sunday, seeking to halt a late surge by rival Bernie Sanders, as fierce clashes over guns, health care and Wall Street ripped through the Democratic presidential debate. With Sanders threatening to upset Clinton in the first two nominating contests next month, she used the final debate before voting starts in Iowa and New Hampshire to make a case to faithful supporters of Obama, who some Clinton allies worry might be shifting to Sanders.