December 19, 2015

Martin O'Malley slammed Hillary Clinton for her relationship with corporate America at Saturday's debate in New Hampshire, returning to a topic he'd hit hard at the previous debate. Clinton said in November that she'd received Wall Street donations because of her work rebuilding the city after the 9/11 terror attacks during her tenure as New York senator, a defense that O'Malley labeled "shameful," accusing her of trying to "hide her relationship with Wall Street big banks by invoking the attacks of 9/11."

In response, Clinton pointed to ads funded by "two hedge fund billionaires" running against her in both Iowa and New Hampshire as evidence that her relationship with Wall Street wasn't as cozy as O'Malley was suggesting. "Now, you'd have to ask yourself why are they running ads against me?" Clinton said. "And the answer is because they know I will go right after them, that I will not let their agenda be America's agenda." Becca Stanek

December 19, 2015

At Saturday's Democratic debate, ABC News host Martha Raddatz asked Hillary Clinton about the U.S. intervention in Libya, a military campaign Clinton supported as secretary of state, calling it "smart power at its best." So, Raddatz asked pointedly, "how much responsibility do you bear for the chaos that followed those elections?" Clinton said that the entire region has become unstable because of the fallout of the Arab Spring and recruitment by the Islamic State, and that after the coalition toppled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Libya tried to vote in moderates but they didn't have the right ideas and power to bring stability.

"We offered a lot more than they were willing to take," Clinton said. If the U.S. was not going to send in troops — and that was never on the table — then there was only so much the U.S. government could do, she said. "Were mistakes made?" Raddatz asked. Of course, Clinton said, in foreign interventions there always are. Raddatz turned to Sen. Bernie Sanders. "The secretary is right" that Libya is a complicated situation, Sanders said. But intervention has unintended consequences, he added. "I'm not quite the fan of regime change that I believe she is."

Martin O'Malley similarly criticized the Libya bombing campaign, suggesting that "our lust for regime change" got the better of America's judgment. Then he alluded to the terrorist attack in Benghazi that Republicans have been attacking Clinton over for three years. The U.S. needs better human intelligence, O'Malley added. That's what Ambassador Chris Stevens was trying to do, he said, but without the necessary support. Peter Weber

December 19, 2015

At Saturday night's Democratic debate, ABC's David Muir reminded Hillary Clinton that in 2008 Fortune magazine put her on the cover with the headline "Business Loves Hillary." "Should corporate America love Hillary Clinton?" Muir asked. "Everybody should," Clinton said, getting a laugh from the audience.

Muir asked the same question to Sen Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): Would corporate America love a President Sanders? "No, I think they won't," Sanders said. Unlike Clinton, CEO's won't like him, he added. "And Wall Street is gonna like me even less." For the rest of his answer, watch below. Peter Weber

December 19, 2015

The Democratic field briefly dwindled to just two after an unconventional intermission smack in the middle of ABC's presidential debate Saturday night. After some mid-debate analysis from ABC's Jon Karl and George Stephanopoulos, the debate started again. The camera panned back to the stage, and the nation saw Hillary Clinton's podium empty between Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley. "We believe Secretary Clinton will be coming around the corner any minute now," moderator David Muir said.

About 30 seconds later, and with another question already underway, Clinton strode back onstage. She offered the audience a brief apology for her absence: "Sorry."

Watch below. Becca Stanek

December 19, 2015

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." Becca Stanek

December 19, 2015

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. Peter Weber

December 19, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley leaped at the chance to ding Democratic presidential opponents Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on gun control at Saturday night's Democratic debate in New Hampshire. "What we need on this issue is not more polls," O'Malley said. "We need more principles."

O'Malley then went after Sanders for voting against the Brady Bill, which mandated background checks on firearms purchasers, and said that Clinton "changes her positions on this every election year it seems like." His comments prompted Sanders to urge, "Let's calm down a little bit, Martin," and Clinton to demand, "Tell the truth here, Martin." O'Malley also drew some tut-tutting from the moderators for butting in out of turn.

Before O'Malley jumped in, Clinton had underscored that more guns were "not the appropriate response" to dealing with terrorism, and said gun control must be dealt with as its "own problem." Sanders called for common sense on the issue, asking: "Who denies that it is crazy to allow people to own guns that are crazy or mentally unstable?" Becca Stanek

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