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Democratic Debate: Sanders Hits Clinton on Iraq, Wall Street Ties

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in an exchange during Saturday's debate. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

By    |   Monday, 16 Nov 2015 07:04 AM

Saturday night's Democratic debate saw Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley go after Hillary Clinton on a number of issues, including her vote for the Iraq war, and her ties to Wall Street. 

"I would argue that the disastrous invasion of Iraq, something that I strongly opposed, has unraveled the region completely and led to the rise of al-Qaeda and to ISIS," Sanders said, according to CNN.

"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. I think that was one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the more than history of the United States."

Clinton did not mount much of a defense concerning her record, saying "it's important we put this in historic context" and talking about the "antecedents to what happened in Iraq."

Elsewhere in the debate, Sanders hit Clinton over her history of friendliness toward Wall Street.

"Why do — why, over her political career, has Wall Street been a major — the major — campaign contributor to Hillary Clinton? You know, maybe they’re dumb and they don’t know what they’re going to get, but I don’t think so," said Sanders, according to Politico.

Sanders, along with Democratic financial progressives like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have called for the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act, the Depression-era law that separated commercial banking from investment banking. It was repealed under President Bill Clinton's administration, but Clinton has not called for its reinstatement.

While defending her ties to Wall St., Clinton bought up the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a somewhat strange turn of events.

"So I — I represented New York, and I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked," she said, referencing her time as a U.S. Senator. "Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is. I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild. That was good for New York. It was good for the economy, and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country."

"@HillaryClinton, you reached a new low tonight by using 9/11 to defend your campaign donations," tweeted RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

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Saturday night's Democratic debate saw Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley go after Hillary Clinton on a number of issues, including her vote for the Iraq war, and her ties to Wall St.
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