7 KEY MOMENTS FROM THE FIRST DEMOCRATIC DEBATE
Here's a look at some of the highlights from the first Democratic debate, which included front-runners Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, as well as Lincoln Chafee, Martin O'Malley, and Jim Webb: http://nym.ag/1VSHhQZ
- •Clinton wants to "save capitalism from itself.""When I think about capitalism, I think about all the small businesses that were started because we have the opportunity and the freedom in our country for people to do that and make a good living for themselves and their families," she said. "I don't think we should confuse what we have to do every so often in America, which is save capitalism from itself."
- •Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley spar on gun controlSanders has argued that guns are viewed differently in more sparsely populated states like Vermont, but O'Malley took issue with his claim that it's a rural versus urban issue. "You have not been in the United States Congress," Sanders replied. "And if you think that we can simply go forward and pass something tomorrow without bringing people together, you are sorely mistaken."
- •Sanders gives Clinton a huge gift on EmailgateClinton drew cheers from the crowd when she pinned her ongoing email scandal on Republicans, saying, "This [Benghazi] committee is basically an arm of the RNC." But there's nothing like having your rival leap to your defense. "Let me say something that may not be great politics, but I think the secretary is right," Sanders said. "The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails!" Clinton even capitalized on the moment by offering Sanders a warm, non-robotic handshake.
- •Chafee's attack on Clinton over the Iraq War backfiresWhen Chafee questioned Clinton's judgment in light of her vote for the Iraq War in 2003, she said she'd already settled the issue with President Obama. "I recall very well being on a debate stage, I think about 25 times, with then-Senator Obama debating this issue. After the election, he asked me to become secretary of State," she said. "He valued my judgment and I spent a lot of time with him in the Situation Room going over some very difficult issues."
- •Chafee essentially escorts himself out of the raceHis campaign was already going nowhere fast, but he put it out of its misery by explaining that he voted to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act because he'd just taken office and didn't really know what he was doing.
- •Clinton plays the "female president" card, and doesn't deny she's basically running for Obama's third termWhen asked how her administration would not be a third term of Obama's presidency, all Clinton could come up with was: "Well, I think that's pretty obvious. I think being the first woman president would be quite a change from the presidents we've had up until this point, including President Obama." Pressed for policy differences, she said she'd like to "build on the successes of President Obama," and push them further.
- •Jim Webb boasts about that time he killed a manAnderson Cooper went with "Which enemy are you most proud of?" for his "fun" question, so the world will never know what Chafee wanted his Secret Service name to be. But the candidates' answers were revealing. Webb, a Vietnam veteran, answered with: "I'd have to say the enemy soldier that threw the grenade that wounded me, but he's not around right now to talk to." What made the moment even more uncomfortable was that he said it all with a smile on his face.