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# clinton vs sanders
Trump steals limelight at Democratic debate by live-tweeting the whole thing
Hillary Clinton went head-to-head with her main rival Bernie Sanders.

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SAY WHAT YOU like about Donald Trump, he knows how to get attention.

Never content with taking a back seat, the potential Republican presidential candidate found a way to steal the limelight as Americans tuned in to watch the Democratic Party debate last night.

Trump decided to live-tweet the whole thing, making sure his name was trending alongside the speakers.

There were five Democratic presidential hopefuls on the CNN stage last night – frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and underdogs  former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, former Governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee and former Senator of Virginia Jim Webb.

During the debate Sanders was questioned about his anti-capitalism stance.

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He said the United States should look to democratic socialism and learn from what countries like Denmark, Sweden and Norway have “achieved for their working people”.

“I believe in a society where all people do well, not just billionaires,” he noted.

Sanders also stated America needs to rethink the War on Drugs, which he said “has done an enormous amount of damage” in terms of  ”ruining lives” over small offences.

He also stated: ”Absolutely, of course” when asked if he would shut down the NSA surveillance programme.

Sanders got a large cheer when he spoke about Clinton’s email scandal, stating: “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”

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Clinton herself like that one, laughing and saying: “Thank you, me too.”

Clinton said she respected Sanders’ “passion and intensity” in relation to his criticisms of Wall Street, noting she represented the area while serving as a Senator in New York.

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She said stricter gun control laws are needed in the US, adding that Sanders is not tough enough in this regard.

Clinton also noted that the US has to stand up to Russian President Vladmimir Putin’s “bullying … specifically in Syria”.

Clinton is currently polling at about 42% nationally among Democratic voters, while Sanders is at 25%.

Read: It’s Hillary Clinton’s turn to debate tonight – what can she expect?

Read: If you try to attack Donald Trump, “you’re gonna be shocked”

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