In their second one-on-one debate in a week, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders again traded jabs on their plans in a PBS debate in Milwaukee, as the two Democrats exchanged familiar verbal darts in a bid to gain more support in their party’s race for President.
Aggressive at times in last week’s debate in New Hampshire, Clinton was more muted this time, as she laid out a series of differences with Sanders, again arguing that the Vermont Senator is not being realistic about the future, as there was no hint that she had been drubbed two days earlier in the Granite State.
“The numbers just don’t add up,” Clinton said of Sanders’ health plan, which would deliver Medicare to all.
“That is absolutely inaccurate,” Sanders retorted.
Once again, Clinton did almost all she could to wrap herself in the work of President Obama, as she rapped Sanders for publicly grumbling about Mr. Obama.
“In the past, he’s called him weak, he’s called him a disappointment,” Clinton said.
“Madam Secretary, that is a low blow,” Sanders said slowly, as he needled Clinton.
“One of us ran against Barack Obama – I was not that candidate,” Sanders said to cheers in the debate hall.
While much of the early part of debate was devoid of prickly exchanges, little by little, it began to change late in the debate, and it reached a crescendo near the finish.
One of the more interesting discussion items that developed was about Henry Kissinger, the former Secretary of State to President Nixon, someone that Clinton has praised for his acumen.
“Count me in as someone who will not be listening to Henry Kissinger,” said Sanders, denouncing Vietnam era policies of the Nixon Administration.
“I know journalists have asked who you do listen to on foreign policy, and we have yet to know who that is,” Clinton said.
“Well, it ain’t Henry Kissinger,” Sanders said to laughter.
After two debates in a week, Sanders and Clinton aren’t scheduled to meet in a debate format until March 6 in Michigan.