'Goldman Sachs!': Bernie Sanders unloads on Hillary Clinton for ties to 'corrupt' finance system

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Bernie Sanders: I Don't Take Money From Big Banks

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) took a shot at Democratic rival Hillary Clinton during the Sunday-night presidential debate when asked about the contrasts between himself and Clinton on dealing with Wall Street.

"The first difference is I don't take money from big banks. I don't get personal speaking fees from Goldman Sachs," Sanders jabbed.

The burn generated light claps and at least one boo.

Sanders proceeded to make the case for breaking up the big banks.

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"What I would do is understand that when you have three out of the four largest banks today bigger than they were when we bailed them out because they were 'too big to fail' ... it is very clear to me what you have to do. You've got to bring back a 21st Century Glass-Steagall legislation," he said. "And you've got to break up these huge financial institutions."

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Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley , left, Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton and Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, stand together before the start of the NBC, YouTube Democratic presidential debate at the Gaillard Center, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
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CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 17: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) participates in the Democratic Candidates Debate hosted by NBC News and YouTube on January 17, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the Iowa caucuses. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Martin O'Malley, former governor of Maryland and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, participates in the Democratic presidential candidate debate in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. Hours before Sunday's Democratic debate, the two top Democratic contenders held a warm-up bout of sorts in multiple separate appearances on political talk shows, at a time when the polling gap between the pair has narrowed in early-voting states. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 17: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton participates in the Democratic Candidates Debate hosted by NBC News and YouTube on January 17, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the Iowa caucuses. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 17: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) participates in the Democratic Candidates Debate hosted by NBC News and YouTube on January 17, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the Iowa caucuses. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 17: Democratic presidential candidates Martin OMalley (L), Hillary Clinton (C) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) participate in the Democratic Candidates Debate hosted by NBC News and YouTube on January 17, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the Iowa caucuses. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 17: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton participates in the Democratic Candidates Debate hosted by NBC News and YouTube on January 17, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the Iowa caucuses. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley arrives on stage for the NBC News -YouTube Democratic Candidates Debate on January 17, 2016 at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 17: Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (L) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) participate in the Democratic Candidates Debate hosted by NBC News and YouTube on January 17, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the Iowa caucuses. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 17: Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley (L) chats with moderators Lester Holt (C) and Andrea Mitchell during a break at the Democratic Candidates Debate hosted by NBC News and YouTube on January 17, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the Iowa caucuses. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 17: Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (L) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) participate in the Democratic Candidates Debate hosted by NBC News and YouTube on January 17, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the Iowa caucuses. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidates, former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley (L), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C), and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (R) arrive on stage for the NBC News -YouTube Democratic Candidates Debate on January 17, 2016 at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 17: Lester Holt (L) and Andrea Mitchell moderate the Democratic Candidates Debate hosted by NBC News and YouTube on January 17, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the Iowa caucuses. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 17: Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) rally outside the Gaillard Center before the start of the NBC News Democratic Candidates Debate on January 17, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the Iowa caucus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Clinton and Sanders then tussled at length over Wall Street regulations.

Sanders argued on behalf of bringing back Glass-Steagall, the law that separated traditional banks from investment banks. Clinton argued that her plan, which focuses on so-called shadow banking, would be much stronger.

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Their rhetorical battle on the subject escalated when Sanders brought up an example of "how corrupt the system is."

"Goldman Sachs [was] recently fined $5 billion. Goldman Sachs has given this country two secretaries of treasury — one on the Republicans, one on the Democrats," he said.

He continued by addressing Clinton directly: "You've received over $600,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs in one year. I find it very strange that a major financial institution that pays $5 billion in fines for breaking the laws, not one of their executives is prosecuted while kids who smoke marijuana get a jail sentence."

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Clinton fired back by arguing that it was Sanders who "voted to deregulate the financial market in 2000, to take the cops off the street ... to make the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission no longer able to regulate swaps and derivatives, which were one of the main causes of the collapse in '08."

Clinton and Sanders have engaged in an increasingly testy back and forth over each other's Wall Street policies as of late. Sanders released a television ad last week that implicitly contrasted his record with Clinton's, prompting the Clinton campaign to claim that Sanders had broken a pledge to not run negative ads during the Democratic primary.

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