Two days after her humiliating New Hampshire defeat, White House hopeful Hillary Clinton sought to regain the upper hand against her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders in their debate, denouncing his proposals as unrealistic and costly.
Clinton, who is keen to strike a new path as the presidential campaign moves south and west, quickly went on the offensive, hammering the senator from Vermont on health care and his plan to make university education free for all.
She also sought to blunt Sanders’s criticism of her cozy ties to Wall Street and reconnect with women voters, all while emphasizing her overall experience thanks to her time as secretary of state under President Barack Obama.
“I have said many times I am not asking people to support me because I’m a woman,” she said on the debate stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“I am asking people to support me because I think I am the most qualified, experienced and ready person to be the president and the commander-in-chief.”
After their bruising battle in Iowa, won by a razor-thin margin by Clinton, and the thumping win for Sanders in the Granite State earlier this week, the pair were relatively civil, discussing efforts to end institutional racism and improve the lives of minorities.
Their most heated clash came over health care and Sanders’s assertion that his plan for a single-payer system would save American taxpayers money.