Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Sanders and former Secretary of State Clinton speak as they discuss issues during the Democratic presidential candidates debate sponsored by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire in Durham

In contentious debate, Clinton and Sanders both claim 'progressive' mantle

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Sanders and former Secretary of State Clinton speak as they discuss issues during the Democratic presidential candidates debate sponsored by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire in DurhamBy Amanda Becker DURHAM, N.H. (Reuters) – Democrat Hillary Clinton went on the attack against rival Bernie Sanders on Thursday in their most contentious presidential debate yet, questioning whether his ambitious proposals were viable and accusing him of an “artful smear” in suggesting she could be bought by political donations. Sanders fought back repeatedly, questioning Clinton’s progressive credentials and portraying her as a creature of the political establishment in a debate that featured heated exchanges on healthcare, college tuition funding and efforts to rein in Wall Street. The intensity reflected a race that has seen Clinton’s once prohibitive lead in polls shrivel against Sanders as the two vie for the Democratic nomination for the Nov. 8 election.

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