Bernie Sanders went on the attack at Monday night's Democratic Town Hall in Iowa, while Hillary Clinton continued to tout her long record and closeness with President Barack Obama.
"Clinton is no longer the clear front-runner in Iowa," the Los Angeles Times reported
. "She is locked in an unexpectedly tight race with the self-described Democratic socialist senator from Vermont, scrambling to avoid an early loss that would significantly complicate her path to the nomination."
Gathered below are 15 takeaways from the CNN-hosted event.
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1. Sanders attacks Clinton for her Iraq War vote
— "The truth is, the most significant vote and issue, regarding foreign policy, that we have seen in this country in modern history was the vote on the war in Iraq," said Sanders, according to the Los Angeles Times. "That's the fact. I voted against the war in Iraq." He added that executive experience is important, "but judgment is also important."
2. Sanders attacks Clinton on Keystone Pipeline
— "On day one, I said the Keystone Pipeline is a dumb idea," Sanders said, according to CNN
. "Why did it take Hillary Clinton such a long time before she came into opposition to the Keystone Pipeline?"
3. Sanders attacks Clinton on Wall Street
—"I led the effort against Wall Street deregulation. See where Hillary Clinton was on this issue," said Sanders.
4. Sanders attacks Clinton on Social Security
—"Ask Hillary Clinton if she's prepared to lift the cap on taxable income," he said.
5. Sanders attacks Clinton on gun control
— In 2007, Clinton "thought that Obama was too strong on gun issues, and you may remember him referring to her as Annie Oakley," said the senator from Vermont.
6. Sanders confirms his plans will raise taxes
— Asked if his plans to create free college and universal healthcare will raise taxes, Sanders confirmed they would. "Yes. We will raise taxes, yes we will. But also let us be clear, Chris [Cuomo], because there's a little bit of disingenuity out there. We may raise taxes, but we are also going to eliminate private health insurance premiums for individuals and for businesses," he said, according to Mother Jones
7. Clinton bristles at income inequality question
— "Clinton bristled at a questioner who brought up Vice President Joe Biden's recent comment that she is a 'newcomer' to the issue of income inequality, saying inequality goes beyond just economics," reported the LA Times. "I have a really long history of taking care of all kinds of inequality," Clinton said in responding to the questioner.
8. Clinton says she's a "proven fighter"
— Asked why some voters, especially younger voters, don't find Clinton exciting or trustworthy, Clinton responded: "People have thrown all kinds of things at me. You have to say to yourself, why are they throwing all of that? Well, I'll tell you why. I've been on the front lines of change and progress since I was your age. Don't get discouraged. It's hard. If it were easy, hey, there wouldn't be any contest. But it's not easy. There are very different visions, different values, different forces at work, and you have to have somebody who is a proven fighter — somebody who has taken them on and won, and kept going, and will do that as president."
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9. Clinton cozies up to Obama
— Clinton said she was "really touched and gratified" about Obama calling her "good, smart, tough" in a recent Politico interview
. She said her relationship with Obama has "turned into a real friendship."
10. Sanders backpedals on Planned Parenthood comments
— "What I said on a television program, and I did not say it well, is that sometimes the base of an organization looks at the world a little bit differently than the leadership," Sanders said, explaining his criticism of the organization after it endorsed Clinton. "They are a fantastic organization. Count me in as somebody who strongly supports them."
11. Sanders praises his immigrant parents
— Sanders said his father "came from Poland at the age of 17 without a nickel in his pocket, couldn't speak English, and he never made a lot of money." He said he parents would be amazed to see him running for president.
12. Clinton promises hugs for Republican congress
— "I'm gonna be just givin' 'em all bear hugs," she said after being asked how she'll approach the Republican-controlled legislature.
13. Sanders answers question about his health
— "I have been blessed with good health and good endurance, and there's nothing in the medical records that would surprise anyone," Sanders, 74, said in response to a question about his ability to handle the presidency. Clinton, 68, who has had several public coughing fits in recent months, was not asked about her health.
14. Clinton asked how she's tied with a socialist named Bernie
— "It's a great country and we all on the Democratic side are having a spirited debate about the issues we care about," Clinton responded to one questioner, according to Syracuse.com
. "The other side is not talking issues, they are talking insults."
15. O'Malley warns about Sanders' and Clinton's ages
— "It's no secret that 74-year-old Sanders, and 68-year-old Clinton are significantly older than 53-year-old O'Malley," reported Mother Jones. "So when asked about climate change, O'Malley seized on that generational divide as a key difference between him and his opponents in their approaches to addressing climate change."
— While some said Sanders won by going on the attack, other said that Clinton came out on top by showing enthusiasm for her record. The Los Angeles Times declared
, however, that "little new ground broken with [the] unusual format," which did not place the candidates on the stage together or allow for much pushback.
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