Sanders and Clinton clash on ISIS, regime change, and America's role in the world

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at the ABC Democratic debate
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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton clashed at the Democratic debate Saturday night about how to best handle ISIS. "Our differences are fairly deep," the Vermont senator said at the ABC-hosted debate in New Hampshire, questioning whether Clinton is a "little too much into regime change and too aggressive without knowing what the consequences may be."

Clinton fired back, reminding Sanders that he "voted for regime change with respect to Libya" while she was serving as secretary of state. She went on to point out that Syria's Bashar al-Assad is largely responsible for our ISIS mess, even if Sanders' point that "it is not Assad that is attacking the United States" holds true.

Sanders insisted that Muslim states must lead the fight against ISIS, rather than the U.S. being "thought of as the policeman of the world." Clinton, on the other hand, argued that the U.S. is the only one who can step up to the plate to do the job. "If the U.S. does not lead, there is not another leader," Clinton said. "There is a vacuum."

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