Clinton fends off rivals in first Democratic debate

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton (R) parried jabs by Vermont senator Bernie Sanders (L) and three other party hopefuls, who challenged her on everything from political flip-flops to gun control and military intervention in the Middle EastHillary Clinton emerged unscathed from the Democratic Party’s first debate for the 2016 presidential campaign, cutting a calm and confident figure as she sparred with her rivals for the White House. The frontrunner parried jabs by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and three other hopefuls, who challenged her on everything from political U-turns to gun control and military intervention in the Mideast. An independent senator from Vermont who has drawn huge crowds on the campaign trail, Sanders also delivered a spirited performance as he appealed to the party’s left wing, urging action on climate change and attacking Wall Street.

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