US Election 2016: Clinton and Sanders Attack Each Other during Fierce Brooklyn Debate

The rivals get too personal while focusing on basic topics of gun control, banking, minimum wage and Israe.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and her rival Bernie Sanders has met to debate over a number of issues before Tuesday’s crucial nominating contest in New York. The debate was held in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Notable, both candidates tried to underline their connection to the local area.

Sanders mentioned that he had been born in Brooklyn and went to school less than seven miles away from the Navy Yard. Clinton started and finished her speech saying that she was honored to have served the state for two terms as US senator and that she intended to take “New York values” to the White House.

The two opponents attacked each other on Thursday in a series of exchanges. However, the debates are not likely to change the dynamics of the race.

Reuters informs about the very emotional character of debates saying that “Clinton and Sanders out-shouted each other while a split crowd roared its approval”. The overflowing course of the conversation caused a rather expectable reaction. “If you’re both screaming at each other, the viewers won’t be able to hear either of you,” commented moderator Wolf Blitzer of CNN.

During the debates, Clinton and Sanders covered topics from Wall Street to the minimum wage and climate change, from gun control to mass incarceration and Israel.

“It is a little frustrating,” attacked Clinton, “if Senator Sanders doesn’t agree with something you are saying then you are part of the establishment.”

As a part of her presidential campaign, Clinton touched the problem of big banks and had earlier unveiled intention to appoint regulators tough enough to ensure that the post-2008 financial crash legislation, Dodd-Frank, was fully implemented. “Oh my goodness, they must have been really crushed by this,” here Sanders was sarcastic about Clinton’s claims that she was tough on the big banks. “And was that before or after you received huge sums of money by giving speaking engagements?”

When asked whether Clinton had the experience and intelligence to be president, Sanders said: “Of course she does. ButI do question her judgment. I question a judgment which voted for the war in Iraq – the worst foreign policy blunder in the history of this country.”

If Clinton wins in New York, it will stop the Sanders’s successive seven victories in the last eight contests. “Hillary Clinton was supposed to have the nomination locked up by the end of March, but she’s instead lost seven straight states and is having to throw the kitchen sink at a 74-year old Vermont socialist as her once 60-point lead dwindles,” said Reince Priebus, head of the Republican National Committee.

As for the public reaction, the two-hour debates resulted in more than 173,000 Twitter mentions of Sanders, 55 percent of them positive, and 191,000 mentions of Clinton, 54 percent of them negative. Totally, Clinton has more negative than positive mentions in two out of the three previous debates.

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