POLL: Who Won the Democratic Debate?

Bernie Sanders at the New Hampshire debate. (Getty)

Bernie Sanders at the New Hampshire debate. (Getty)

With just five days until the New Hampshire primary, the Democratic candidates took to the stage in one last debate. Hillary Clinton managed to hold off Bernie Sanders in Iowa, but Sanders has maintained a substantial lead in New Hampshire, leaving Hillary with a dire need to impress Granite State voters.

Read our recap, then vote in our poll to determine who won.


Hillary rejected the premise of a question of the order of priority on the issues:

Sanders, in contrast, cited campaign finance reform, then racial and economic inequality as his priorities.

Wall Street

Sanders lamented the difference between justice for the rich and poor:

Hillary called herself “the person that prevents them from ever wrecking the economy again:”

Bernie also brought up a heated confrontation with then-Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan in 2003, which can be seen below:

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Sanders reiterated his support for a reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act, which limited the size of banks. Glass-Steagall was repealed by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, signed by former President and Hillary’s husband Bill.

Campaign Finance

Sanders once again drew attention to Clinton’s record of accepting donations and speaking fees from major Wall Street firms:

After calling the tactic an “artful smear,” Clinton claimed that she’d never let a donation influence her vote:

She also promised to “look into” more transparency regarding her speeches to Goldman Sachs, and pointed out her calling for regulations on the financial industry before the 2008 crisis, on which Politifact backed her up:

National Security/Foreign Policy

Hillary committed to the “Obama Doctrine” of using logistical support and special operations forces instead of more direct intervention. Sanders agreed, but called for Muslim countries to bear the brunt of the fight against ISIS, calling US troops on the ground a recruiting point for the terrorist organization. While he “fully concede[d]” the question of foreign policy experience to Clinton, he also reiterated his opposition to the second invasion of Iraq:

Hillary fired back, questioning the relevance of his Iraq vote:

Sanders and Clinton traded blows on American policy regarding Iran:

Both candidates, however, committed to opposing a Republican plan to privatize the VA, with Sanders attacking the Republican record on veterans issues:


Sanders supported the Iowa caucus audit proposed by the Des Moines Register but downplayed the relevance of the issues. Clinton agreed to support the party’s decision.


Sanders addressed questions about his electability by pointing out his success in getting young voters:

Hillary pointed out the long record of fruitless investigations into her conduct, saying she’s not vulnerable to scandal exposure.

Clinton FBI Investigation

Clinton expressed “absolutely no concerns” about the investigation into her email issue:

Sanders said he would “refuse to politicize the issue” as the process worked itself out.

Death Penalty

In the wake of a contentious New Hampshire death row case, Clinton reiterated her support for the death penalty in “limited” cases:

Sanders, meanwhile, voiced his opposition to the death penalty:

Flint Water Crisis

Sanders called for Michigan governor Rick Snyder’s resignation:

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