(NEWSER) – The last Democratic debate before Iowa and New Hampshire vote took place Sunday night in South Carolina—and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were taking no prisoners.
The pair clashed over and over again throughout the debate, while Martin O'Malley failed to make much of an impact. Here's what analysts are saying about the candidates:
- Bernie Sanders. It's not unanimous, but a lot of people are calling Sanders the winner. He was more aggressive than usual in dealing with Clinton and "positioned himself as the anti-status-quo candidate, a very good position to have in this electoral environment," writes Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post, praising the "passion and disruption that Sanders oozed from every pore.The senator from Vermont was at his best during the debate's first hour, where he dominated the discussion and was judged the winner by 29 out of 30 undecided voters in a Democratic focus group, Politico reports.
- Hillary Clinton. Clinton—faced with Sanders' "louder and bolder" vision—offered "aggressive lessons on political practicality," trying to portray herself as the more pragmatic and electable candidate, writes Rick Klein at ABC News.
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