Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders took off the gloves early in the final Democratic Debate befor the Iowa Caucuses. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the key challenge for America is to make the economy even stronger. She also praised civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. on the eve of the holiday that bears his name. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders also praised Dr. King in his opening statement. Sanders said a political revolution is needed to transform the nation. Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley told the NBC debate that Democrats offer a more positive message than the "anger and division" being served up by the Republican presidential candidates.
Senator Bernie Sanders said he wanted to make sure there was healthcare for everyone as a right and raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. He also emphasized that he'd raise taxes on the wealthy, saying they're going to pay their fair share. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remarked that she'd work quickly with Congress to create more jobs in infrastructure and clean energy. She earned cheers from the audience when she said she'd push for equal pay for women.
Bernie Sanders continued his call to break up the biggest banks in the U.S. Sanders said they are simply too big and too powerful. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised President Obama for backing legislation to regulate Wall Street after the 2008 financial meltdown. Clinton said Sanders' voting record doesn't match his populist rhetoric.
Sanders told the NBC debate that it's tough to regulate Wall Street titans when they're sending huge amounts of money to some presidential candidates including Clinton. He differentiated himself from the other candidates saying "the first difference is I don’t take money from big banks. I don’t get personal speaking fees from Goldman Sachs."
Hillary attacked Bernie on gun control saying "he has voted with the NRA, with the gun lobby numerous times. He voted for what we call the Charleston loophole. He voted for immunity from gun makers and sellers, which the NRA said was the most important piece of gun legislation in 20 years."
Sanders called Hillary Clinton's criticism of his record disingenuous saying he has a "D" grade from the NRA.
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