Clinton, Sanders take swipes at each other ahead of debate

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Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders launched jabs at each other on CBS, as they prepare for Sunday night’s final debate before the Democratic primary process begins. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Clinton, Sanders take swipes at each other ahead of debate


STORY: Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders criticized each other’s positions in separate interviews on CBS’ news program Face the Nation Sunday morning.

Clinton called on Sanders, a U.S. Senator from Vermont, to support measures in the U.S. Senate to close the so-called, “Charleston loophole.”

“I am pleased that Senator Sanders has flip flopped on legal immunity for gun makers and sellers,” Clinton said. “Now I hope that he will join members of Congress to change what’s called the Charleston loophole that enabled the killer in Charleston to get the gun he used to murder nine people at bible study here in Mother Emanuel Church. That’s something else Senator Sanders has supported that we need to change.”

Sanders defended his ability to steer U.S. foreign policy. He said Clinton’s experience didn’t necessarily mean she would make better decisions, pointing to her vote to support the U.S. war in Iraq when she served in the Senate.

“Is it true that Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State for four years? Yes. Of course,” he said. “Does that give her a great deal of experience in foreign affairs? Obviously it does. But it’s not just experience. It is judgment. Not only did I vote against the war in Iraq, I helped lead the opposition to that war. Hillary Clinton voted for that war, one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the modern history of the United States. So you know what. Judgment counts when you’re talking about foreign affairs.”

The leading Democratic contenders have stepped up their attacks on each other during the past week, battling over guns, healthcare and Wall Street with growing intensity as polls showed Sanders gaining ground on Clinton in key states.

Clinton, Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who lags badly in polls, will participate in the 9 p.m. EST debate, the fourth between the Democratic contenders, and the last before the nominating process begins with the Iowa caucuses next month.

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