“Excuse Me, I’m Talking” Highlights from the Democratic Debate in Flint


Last night’s debate consisted of talk on auto bailouts, guns, trade agreements and, of course, ties to Wall Street. Things got a little heated at times:

Bernie Sanders called on Clinton once again to release the transcripts of her paid speeches to corporations and big banks. Clinton refused, again, to do so until Republican candidates do the same.

As the debate took place in Flint, Michigan, where there is ongoing emergency water crisis, both Clinton and Sanders opened the debate calling for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to step down. Sanders accused Snyder of “dereliction of duty” and Clinton said he should be “resigned or recalled.”

Some residents were upset that although the debate took place in Flint, they weren’t invited. Many residents were interested to hear what the candidates’ plans were for dealing with the water crisis, but neither CNN nor the DNC released any tickets to the public, despite DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz stating that “This debate is an opportunity to elevate the very serious issues facing the residents of Flint.”

The candidates also addressed race, Sanders in particular as he has been lagging behind Clinton among African-Americans:

“When you’re white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto. You don’t know what it’s like to be poor. You don’t know what it’s like to be hassled when you walk down the street or you get dragged out of a car.”

When questioned about fracking, the two candidates shared different stances. Where Clinton doesn’t “support it when any locality or any state is against it” Sanders very simply doesn’t support fracking at all.

Watch below for a few video reels of the highlights of the night and decide for yourself who came out the winner of last night’s debate:



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