Jan 18, 2016 6:06 PM

Democratic debate wrap up: The gloves come off in this final debate before they go to cast ballots in New Hampshire


CONCORD - The last Democratic presidential debate before the first-in-the-nation primary took place Sunday night, and this one was memorable.

Chief Political Correspondent Kevin Landrigan tells us why it offered some talking points that could be telling with three weeks before voters in New Hampshire go to the polls.

"Finally a Democratic presidential debate where the gloves came off. Trouble is, it came on a Sunday night after six hours of NFL football and Sean Penn talking about his El Chapo interview on 60 minutes," Landrigan says.

National front-runner Hillary Clinton slapping New Hampshire and Iowa poll leader Bernie Sanders about his past criticism of the President. Watch Bernie’s painful reaction in the split screen.

"President Obama has led our country out of the great recession; Senator Sanders called him weak, disappointing, he even in 2011 publicly sought someone to run in a primary against President Obama," Clinton said.

The Vermont senator fires back at how Clinton can appeal as a champion for the working class and at the same time be a darling on Wall Street.

"Secretary Clinton and you’re not the only one so I don’t mean to just point the finger at you, you’ve received over $600,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs in one year," Sanders said.

"I find it very strange a major financial institution that pays $5 billion in fines for breaking the law, not one of their executives is prosecuted."

Landrigan continues, "When they weren’t on attack they were appealing to their voters like Hillary who leads Sanders big-time in polls among minorities.

"One out of three African American men may well end up going to prison," Clinton began. "I want people here to think what we would be doing if it were one out of three white men."

And Sanders taking aim at the biggest obstacle to his attracting enough independent voters to knock off Clinton on Feb. 9.

"It is beyond my comprehension how we can elect a President of the United States, somebody like Trump who believes climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese," Sanders added.

There was some comic relief like when NBC Nightly News Anchor Lester Holt asked Clinton what role her husband, former President Bill Clinton would play in a Hillary White House.

Are you talking about a kitchen table role on economics or will he have a real policy role?" Holt asked.

"Well, it will start at the kitchen table. We’ll see how it goes from there," Hillary deadpanned.


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