Biggest Lines From the Democratic Debate
“Experience is not the only point. Judgment is'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2016 10:17 PM CST
Hillary Clinton listens as Bernie Sanders speaks during the debate at the University of New Hampshire.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – The first one-on-one debate of the 2016 election provided Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders plenty of opportunity to make their points and land punches. Here are some of the night's biggest lines: (The Washington Post has a full transcript.)

  • Clinton: "If you've got something to say, say it. It's time to end the very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out." Referring to Sanders' attacks on her ties to Wall Street. Details here.
  • Sanders: "In my view, the business model of Wall Street is fraud. It's fraud. I believe that corruption is rampant."
  • Clinton: “A vote in 2002 is not a plan to defeat ISIS. We have to look at the threats that we face right now.” After Sanders criticized her vote to authorize the Iraq war.
  • Sanders: “Experience is not the only point. Judgment is. And once again, back in 2002 when we both looked at the same evidence about the wisdom of the war in Iraq, one of us voted the right way, and one of us didn’t."

  • Clinton: “Questions have been raised and questions have to be answered." Referring to some of his foreign policy positions, "such as inviting Iranian troops into Syria to try to resolve the conflict there."
  • Sanders: "The key doctrine of the Sanders administration would be, 'No, we cannot continue to do it alone. We need to work in coalition.'"
  • Clinton: "I am 100% confident" that an FBI email investigation won't turn up any trouble.
  • Sanders: "There's a process under way. I will not politicize it." Referring to Clinton's email trouble.
  • Clinton: "I never said that." When moderator Chuck Todd suggested she doesn't see Sanders as presidential material.
  • Sanders: "I happen to respect the secretary very much. I hope it's mutual."
They also tussled over what it means to be a progressive.
 

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