Speed Reads

ABC Democratic Debate

Martin O'Malley draws boos for offering a 'different generation's perspective' on foreign policy

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Hillary Clinton were arguing over Syria during Saturday's Democratic debate when Martin O'Malley jumped in. "May I offer a different generation's perspective on this?" Perhaps he played the youth card a little too obviously, because that drew boos from the audience.

O'Malley mentioned the Cold War, and said the U.S. has to think beyond those divisions and coalitions to fight the Islamic State. Clinton, he said, was "gleeful" as secretary of state when Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi "was torn apart." Where in the Constitution, he asked, does it give the U.S. president the responsibility to topple dictators? Foreign policy is complicated, Clinton responded. "If the United States doesn't lead," there is a vacuum. The audience cheered that.

And for the record: Sanders is 74. Clinton is 68. O'Malley is 52.