Dem Debate
May 26, 2016

A Santa Fe, New Mexico, restaurant briefly turned into a debate stage Wednesday when Bill Clinton stopped in. The former president and husband of the current Democratic frontrunner ended up focusing his attention on one table in particular, where 24-year-old Bernie Sanders supporter Josh Brody was sitting. For 30 minutes, Brody tore into the problems with Clinton's administration in the '90s, questioning his ties to Wall Street and his approach to welfare reform. And for 30 minutes — despite aides' five attempts to get Clinton to move on — the former president stayed to argue each point that Brody brought up,

The exchange began when Clinton approached Brody's table, where he was eating with three of his friends. When Clinton reached out for a handshake, Brody declined, instead asking a question about "aid to families with dependent children." He then told Clinton that under his administration "basically" every federal agency — specifically the Department of Education — shrunk.

"That's just wrong. I doubled education," Clinton said. "You have cherry-picked facts, which contradict the truth."

Brody also accused the nation's 42nd president of gifting Wall Street with "a golden parachute straight from the Treasury Department," to which Clinton replied, "It's a nice little narrative."

Read the rest of the testy exchange over at BuzzFeed. Becca Stanek

November 14, 2015

At the Democratic debate in Iowa on Saturday night, Bernie Sanders defended his proposal to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15, saying we need to "put money in the hands of working people."

Martin O'Malley jumped in to highlight his governorship in Maryland, where he raised the minimum wage to $10.10, and also said he supported a $15 federal minimum wage. Hillary Clinton, not so much.

"If you go to $12 it would be the highest historical average we've ever had," Clinton said, expressing skepticism about going higher.

O'Malley countered: "It should always be going up. [...] We need to stop taking advice from economists on Wall Street." Stephanie Talmadge

November 14, 2015

After arguing in favor of lowering the cost of prescription drugs and injecting more competition into the health care market, Hillary Clinton said at Saturday night's Democratic presidential debate, "I want to build on and improve the Affordable Care Act."

Sen. Bernie Sanders, while acknowledging the progress the country has made in health care, took it one step further. "At the end of the day the ACA is, no doubt, a step forward,” he said, garnering the first round of applause of the night. He continued: "I want to end the embarrassment of being the only developed country on Earth not to provide affordable health care as a right, not a privilege." Stephanie Talmadge

November 14, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asserted at Saturday night's Democratic debate that, when it comes to the mess in the Middle East, "the bulk of the responsibility is not ours." That got Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders going.

"The invasion of Iraq has unraveled the area completely," Sanders said. "I don't think any sensible person would disagree that the invasion of Iraq led to the massive level of instability we are seeing right now."

Sanders also called the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which Clinton supported as a senator from New York, "one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the history of the United States."

Clinton owned it. "I have said the invasion of Iraq was a mistake," she said. Stephanie Talmadge

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