Live Blog: Democrats debate in Florida after Sanders' Michigan upset
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will go toe-to-toe in another Democratic debate on Wednesday, just day after the Vermont senator defeated Clinton in Michigan and less than a week before a number of important primary contests taking place next week. The Univision debate, which will be simulcast on CNN, has taken on increased significance after Sanders surprise victory in the Michigan primary on Tuesday. The event will air live in Spanish on Univision and in English on CNN at 9 p.m. ET.
The Crowd Does Not Want To Hear About Benghazi
When the moderators asked Clinton about Benghazi, the crowd booed.
It is the first time Clinton has been asked about the attacks that killed four Americans, including ambassador Chris Stevens.
Clinton said Republicans are politicizing the issue.
Sanders didn't comment on Benghazi, but said he isn't "so aggressive" on regime change. He brought up the war in Iraq and his opposition to it. He also once again condemned her "praise" of Henry Kissinger.
Clinton, Sanders Spar Over Big Money in Politics
A question about Hillary Clinton's closed-door speeches before Wall Street firms quickly turned into a clash over campaign contributions, with Sanders hitting the Democratic front-runner over financial sector contributions to her super PAC.
Sanders said Clinton must have given great speeches to Goldman Sachs in order to receive six-figure sums. "When you get paid $250,000, that means that speech must have been an extraordinarily wonderful speech. "I would think that a speech so great, that you got paid so much money for, you would like to share it with the American people."
Sanders often highlights the fact that he hasn't accepted campaign contributions from Wall Street. Clinton pointed out that the conservative industrialists the Koch brothers have put up an aid praising the Vermont senator.
Candidates Pledge to Bring Deported Families Together Again
Continuing on the subject of deportation, both candidates pledged that they would not break apart families who came to the U.S. as undocumented immigrants.
A woman from the crowd told the candidates that her "hard working" husband was deported because he "didn't have a license," leaving her and their several children in the U.S.
Sanders, who thought the woman said her children were deported, said that the "heart" of his immigration plan was to bring back deported family members back to the United States.
"We're trying to unite families, not to divide families," he said before calling the division "immoral."
Clinton also said that she would do her best to bring families back together, and praised the woman for telling her story.
"Please know how brave I think you are coming here with your children to tell your story," she said. "I've heard stories like yours, they're not uncommon."
I'm Not a Natural Politician
Clinton was asked about polls where respondents say they doubt her honesty and trustworthiness.
In a very real moment, Clinton noted one of her weaknesses.
"I'm not a natural politician," she said, adding that she's not as good at campaigning as her husband or President Barack Obama.
She said she compensates for working hard and working to make changes in people's lives.
Hillary Clinton Mocks Trump's Border Wall Proposal
Hillary Clinton said there was a "big difference" between her support while in Congress for tougher border measures and Donald Trump's plans to build a massive border wall.
"He's talking about a very tall wall, right? Clinton said, echoing language Trumpuses on the campaign trail. "A beautiful, tall wall," she continued, drawing some chuckles from the audience. "The most beautiful, tall wall ... it's just fantasy."
Clinton said the work Congress did on securing the border has led to the lowest level of border apprehensions in decades, which should pave the way for immigration reform.
Bernie Sanders said he mostly agrees with Clinton on the issue. "Look, in this country, immigration reform is a very hot debate," Sanders said. "But I would hope ... that as we have that debate we do not, as Donald Trump and others have done, resort to racism and xenophobia and bigotry"
Clinton Goes After Sanders on Opposition to Auto Bailout
It didn't help in Michigan, but looking ahead to Ohio, another big car manufacturing state, Clinton hounded Sanders on his vote against the auto bailout.
Sanders' response is that he voted against he bill because it was also part of the massive Wall Street bailout.
"That was the bailout of the recklessness" of Wall Street, he said.
Candidates Pile on Donald Trump
Both Clinton and Sanders hammered Donald Trump over his controversial comments.
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The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty asked Clinton flat-out: Is Donald Trump a racist? Clinton didn't give a yes or no answer, but called the GOP front-runner's rhetoric "un-American." She added that voters can draw their own conclusions about Trump.
Sanders, meanwhile, said "the American people are never going to elect a president who insults Mexicans, who insults Muslims, who insults women, who insults African-Americans."
Clinton also used the debate, hosted by Univision, to say "basta" -- or enough -- to Trump, a phrase she has employed in at least one previous debate.
How many times will Hillary Clinton say "Basta!" tonight? #DemDebate
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Clinton Answers Questions About Emails - or Doesn't
Clinton was asked about classification of emails on her private server as Secretary of State. She called it a case of "over classification" and "retroactive classification."
"I'm not concerned about it. I'm not worried about it," she said.
When she was asked if she would drop out if she was indicted, she immediately dismissed the question.
"I'm not even going to answer that question," she said.
A closer look at Clinton's response to the question about her emails: https://t.co/Shj92wK8NL#DemDebate
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Hillary Clinton After Michigan Loss: 'This is a Marathon'
Despite her narrow loss in Michigan Tuesday, Hillary Clinton said she was pleased with the way the night went for her. She scored an overwhelming victory in Mississippi, and came away with more delegates than Bernie Sanders at the end of the night.
"This is a marathon, and it's a marathon that can only be carried out by the kind of inclusive campaign that I'm running," Clinton said.
Pressed on "what went wrong in Michigan," Clinton said it was a "very close race."
Here We Go
The Democratic debate is getting underway. Stay right here for live coverage and reactions throughout the evening.
Bill Clinton Stumps in Ohio as Campaign's 'Long Slog' Continues
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - Hours after Hillary Clinton's surprising loss to Bernie Sanders in Michigan, Bill Clinton chalked up the results to what he claimed he expected, saying that the outcome could be forgotten in several days if Hillary Clinton wins here.
"If we win Ohio, nobody will remember it," he told NBC News Wednesday while browsing through a local store in Chillicothe. "So I'm going to work hard. And you know we had a good night - her biggest victory of the campaign season occurred last night in Mississippi. So they split the delegates in Michigan and she got about a 20-point net gain of delegates."
"It's a long slog," he continued. "He's a formidable opponent. We are fighting through it."
Sanders' Surprise Win and Clinton's Defeat: What Happened in Michigan?
There's no such thing as a sure bet in politics, but Michigan certainly seemed like one for Hillary Clinton. The Real Clear Politics average of recent polls had her up by more than 21 points on Election Day, and the data whizzes at FiveThirtyEight gave her a 99 percent chance of winning the race. (After Sanders won, they alsocalled it "one of the greatest upsets in modern political history.")
So what happened? A combination of things, from Clinton taking her eye off the ball to geography, the issue of trade and the weather.
A Dip in Black Vote for Clinton Raises Questions for Future Contests
One of the big takeaway from Tuesday night's primary contests is this -- Hillary Clinton's advantage among African-American voters may be smaller outside of the South, and that could make it more complicated for her to win upcoming states.
Clinton's surprising loss in Michigan showed a shift away from earlier contests in states like Georgia and Alabama where Clinton rolled up huge margins of support from African-American voters that she did not replicate in Michigan.
Read the full analysis here.
Clinton Won't Be Able to Shake Sanders Anytime Soon
Hillary Clinton doesn't seem likely to shake Bernie Sanders anytime soon, especially with the kind of money Sanders is raising. In a way, she is Mitt Romney of 2012 (the sure bet to be the nominee, but who has to grind it out), and Sanders is Rick Santorum (who has a big chunk of the base on his side). Of course, Sanders has A LOT more money than Santorum ever did. On Monday, Clinton told Michigan voters, "The sooner I could become your nominee, the more I could begin to turn attention to the Republicans." Her problem: She still has to worry about Sanders.
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