Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton faced off in Brooklyn tonight for CNN's Democratic Debate. The candidates were both on the offensive ahead of New York's Democratic primary on April 19, debating on topics ranging from gun control to the cost of higher education.
The night began with Clinton attacking Sanders for his missteps regarding his specific plans for breaking up big banks in a recent New York Daily News interview. The candidates lingered on the issue of Wall Street for a while longer, as Sanders continued to ask Clinton for the transcripts of her paid speech to Goldman-Sachs, to which Clinton responded, “There are certain expectations when you run for president, and this is a new one.”
The debate remained contentious throughout, particularly on the topic of raising the minimum wage. CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer had to step in to calm the candidates: "If you’re both screaming at each other, the viewers won’t be able to hear either of you.”
When answering a question about the cost of higher education, Sanders quipped, "Public colleges and universities tuition free? Damn right."
Both candidates appealed directly to New Yorkers: Sanders mentioned his Brooklyn roots in his closing statement, and Clinton reiterated her credentials as a New York senator in the wake of 9/11.
The New York primary takes place on Tuesday, April 19.