MIAMI, March 9, 2016 – Democrat candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton sparred over immigration and bailouts during the Democratic debate in Miami on March 9. The debate comes just a day after Senator Sanders defeated Clinton in Michigan.
Attacks flew from both sides. Clinton continued attacking Sanders over not voting for the auto bailout in 2009. “Sen. Sanders voted against it,” Clinton said. “That is his perfect right to vote against it, but if everyone had voted as he voted, we would not have rescued the auto industry.” Sanders hit back by again tying Clinton to Wall Street. He argued the broader bill was the “bailout of the recklessness, irresponsibility and illegal behavior of Wall Street. It was the Wall Street bailout.”
Clinton also attacked Sanders for opposing immigration reform effort during the Bush administration. Sanders fired back, saying he was in support of the bill, but opposed to guest worker provisions.
Clinton remained calm during the debate, despite suffering a surprising loss in Michigan. She noted that by winning in Mississippi, she won more than 100,000 votes more than Senator Sanders on Tuesday and built her delegate count lead.
The former Secretary of State dodged questions related to the email server scandal. Debate moderator Jorge Ramos pressured Clinton on whether she would drop out of the race if she is indicted, and Clinton fired back when asked about her perceptions that she was dishonest and not trustworthy.
“I am not a natural politician, in case you haven’t noticed, like my husband or President Obama,” Clinton said. “So I have a view that I just have to do the best I can, get the results I can, make a difference in people’s lives, and hope that people see that I’m fighting for them.”
Sanders, relished his Michigan victory, called it one of the major political upsets in modern American history.
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump also figured in the Democratic debate. Sanders slammed Trump for the “vulgar, absurd idea,” of rounding up undocumented migrants and deporting them. Sanders once again, attacked Clinton for refusing to release transcripts of her speeches to top financial institutions following her service as Secretary of State. Clinton fought back saying, she will release the transcripts if other candidates, including Republicans do the same.