Clinton, Sanders to square off in pre-Iowa debate

A group of signs for Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton shows a tightening nomination race before the start of the debate on January 17, 2016 in South CarolinaDemocratic presidential candidates square off for a crucial debate Sunday, with frontrunner Hillary Clinton feeling the heat from challenger Bernie Sanders in a tightening nomination race two weeks before the first vote is cast in Iowa. The pair, along with Maryland former governor Martin O’Malley, take the stage in Charleston, South Carolina with the temperature rising in the primary battle. All three are aware that their performance — the final Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses on February 1 — could have a crucial impact on who wins the state.

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