'Enough is enough': Hillary Clinton tells Bernie Sanders to stop smearing her over Wall Street money

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During the Thursday-night Democratic presidential debate, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confronted her chief primary rival over his constant criticism of her ties to Wall Street.

US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has repeatedly questioned why big banks and financial interests have given her campaign money and paid her hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees.

Clinton directly told Sanders that it was time to end his "smear" by insinuation.

"Time and time again, by innuendo, by insinuation, there is an attack that he is putting forth," she said.

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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, and Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton wave to audience members after a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
US Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (R) and Bernie Sanders shake hands as they participate in the MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on February 4, 2016. Clinton and Sanders face off on February 4, in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash that the former secretary of state won by a hair, as they gear for a battle royale in New Hampshire. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders participates in the MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on February 4, 2016. Clinton and Sanders face off on February 4, in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash that the former secretary of state won by a hair, as they gear for a battle royale in New Hampshire. / AFP / Jewel Samad / ALTERNATE CROP (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
US Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton arrives on stage before participating in the MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on February 4, 2016. Clinton and Sanders face off on February 4, in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash that the former secretary of state won by a hair, as they gear for a battle royale in New Hampshire. / AFP / JEWEL SAMAD / ALTERNATE CROP (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / US Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (R) and Bernie Sanders chat during a break as they participate in the MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on February 4, 2016. Clinton and Sanders face off on February 4, in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash that the former secretary of state won by a hair, as they gear for a battle royale in New Hampshire. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, and Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton spar during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders leaves the stage during a break as he participate in the MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate with Hillary Clinton at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on February 4, 2016. Clinton and Sanders face off on February 4, in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash that the former secretary of state won by a hair, as they gear for a battle royale in New Hampshire. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton makes her opening statement during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / US Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (R) and Bernie Sanders participate in the MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on February 4, 2016. Clinton and Sanders face off on February 4, in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash that the former secretary of state won by a hair, as they gear for a battle royale in New Hampshire. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton participates in the MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate with Bernie Sanders at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on February 4, 2016. Clinton and Sanders face off on February 4, in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash that the former secretary of state won by a hair, as they gear for a battle royale in New Hampshire. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, listens as Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton answers a question during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, listens to Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's opening statement during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
DURHAM, NH - FEBRUARY 04: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) shake hands at the start of their MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire on February 4, 2016 in Durham, New Hampshire. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the New Hampshire primaries.Ã (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton and Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, shakes hands as they greet the audience before the audience before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton and Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, greet the audience before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
DURHAM, NH - FEBRUARY 04: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stand next to each other at the start of their MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire on February 4, 2016 in Durham, New Hampshire. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the New Hampshire primaries.Ã (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DURHAM, NH - FEBRUARY 04: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stand next to each other at the start of their MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire on February 4, 2016 in Durham, New Hampshire. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the New Hampshire primaries.Ã (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, makes his opening statement as Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton listens during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / US Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (R) and Bernie Sanders participate in the MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on February 4, 2016. Clinton and Sanders face off on February 4, in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash that the former secretary of state won by a hair, as they gear for a battle royale in New Hampshire. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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She went on to say that it was beneath Sanders' dignity to raise such doubts about her:

Which really comes down to: Anybody who ever took donations or speaking fees from any interest group has to be bought. And I just absolutely reject that, senator. And I really don't think these kinds of attacks by insinuation are worthy of you. And enough is enough.

If you've got something to say, say it directly. But you will not find that I ever changed a view or a vote because of any donation that I ever received. ... I think it's time to end the very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out in recent weeks.

Sanders responded by arguing that corporate money and lobbying exert influence over elected officials.

Sanders said:

Let's talk about why in the 1990s, Wall Street got deregulated. Did it have anything to do with the fact that Wall Street spent billions of dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions? Well, some people might think, some people might think, "Yeah, that may have some influence.

He added:

There is a reason why these people are putting huge amounts of money into our political system. In my view, it is undermining American democracy, and it is allowing Congress to represent wealthy campaign contributors and not the working families of this country.

Clinton has struggled to address her speaking fees in the past, including during a town-hall event on Wednesday night, in which she was pressed about receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from the investment bank Goldman Sachs.

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Smart of @HillaryClinton to mostly slip this question about @SenSanders electability. #DemDebate
Naw Hillary, we need to get rid of capital punishment. Full stop. #demdebate #NHPrimary
For Hillary Clinton to suggest that the FBI is politicizing their investigation is as unfortunate as POTUS trying to influence it.
Clinton's passion and knowledge on lead poisoning in Flint is her at her best.
Good for Clinton to bring up various issues that were not discussed tonight. #DemDebate
That was probably one of the most productive Democratic debates yet. #DemDebate
Bernie Sanders channeling #MarcoRubio in his closing words. #demdebate #FeelTheBern
I genuinely feel that this is one the best debates in the last 20 years. Really glad I watched tonight. #DemDebate
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