(NEWSER) – With a week to go before the Iowa caucuses begin, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O'Malley treated a CNN town hall event as their last chance to make a pitch to the state's voters. But this was no debate: The candidates appeared in turn to take questions from moderators and audience members. Some highlights, per the Hill, CNN, the Washington Post, the Des Moines Register, and Politico:

Hillary Clinton

  • "Sorry President Obama, sorry Bill—Abraham Lincoln," Clinton said when asked who her favorite president was. She praised the "astonishing" way Lincoln kept building the country while fighting a war to keep it together.
  • "You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose," she said after being shown Sanders "America" campaign ad. "I think that's fabulous. I loved it," she said of the ad.
  • "They throw all these things at me, and I'm still standing," she said when a young man questioned her honesty, apparently referring to her email debacle. "I've been on the front lines of change and progress since I was your age," she told the man.


Bernie Sanders

  • "On Day 1, I said the Keystone Pipeline is a dumb idea, " Sanders said, wondering why it took Hillary Clinton so long to oppose it. He also mentioned the Iraq War and Wall Street deregulation while listing his problems with Clinton's record.

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