The Note: Democratic Debate Replay

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--5 MOMENTS THAT MATTERED AT THE DEBATE: Last night Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders faced off at a pivotal moment in the race for the Democratic nomination. After a sweeping loss in the New Hampshire primary earlier this week, the former Secretary of State aimed to stop the bleeding. Meanwhile, Sanders needed to generate more momentum and support from non-white voters as he heads to more moderate, diverse states. The Democratic presidential candidates turn to Nevada next Saturday, where each candidate needs to make a stand. ABC’s ANDREA GONZALES, VERONICA STRACQUALURSI, MARYALICE PARKS, LIZ KREUTZ SHUSHANNAH WALSHE and RYAN STRUYK have more on the five moments that mattered from the Democratic debate.

--ANALYSIS -- ABC’s RICK KLEIN: Burned by the Bern, Hillary Clinton blasted back with details -– hoping that a series of reality checks can stall Bernie Sanders’ momentum in the Democratic race. The lines broke through in a relatively tame debate Thursday night in Milwaukee. The repetition might have made even Marco Rubio blush, though none of it is guaranteed to be an effective counter to a Sanders message that’s gaining traction. Among Clinton’s lines: “That’s a promise that cannot be kept.” “We should not make promises we can't keep.” She continued: “We should level with the American people.” “You need to level with people.” “We have to level with people.”

--BEST LINES OF THE DEBATE: Sanders was quick with the one-twos, going as far as to remind Clinton he did not run against President Obama. ABC’s PAOLA CHAVEZ has more on the best lines of the night. THE DEBATE IN A MINUTE, courtesy of ABC’s TOM THORNTON and ALI DUKAKIS:

--THE KISSINGER FACTOR: After criticizing Hillary Clinton’s Iraq War vote at Thursday night’s debate, Bernie Sanders turned to attacking Clinton’s relationship with Henry Kissinger, whom Sanders called “one of the most destructive secretaries of state.” ABC’s VERONICA STRACQUALURSI has more.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT -- BUSH CALLS MARCO RUBIO’S FOREIGN POLICY ATTACKS ‘LUDICROUS’. Jeb Bush fired back on attacks leveled by rival Marco Rubio that the former Florida governor has little or no foreign policy experience. “To suggest that he has foreign policy experience and I don’t is kind of ludicrous,” Bush told ABC’s GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS in an interview on “Good Morning America” today. “I’m pretty fluent on foreign policy issues,” Bush added. “I look forward to debating Marco on these issues.” Rubio said on the campaign trail in South Carolina earlier this week that Bush has “no foreign policy experience.” "I thank God every day that George W. Bush was president, but Jeb has no foreign policy experience,” he added. Bush’s brother, former President George W. Bush, will make his first public appearance on the campaign trail this year in South Carolina on Monday. “He’s been supportive for a long while,” Jeb Bush said of his big brother. “This was the appropriate place for him to start his campaigning.” Bush added, “For my brother to speak on my behalf about the skills I have to lead this country will be quite helpful.”



WHY CLINTON HAS MORE DELEGATES THAN SANDERS. Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton by 22 points in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday. But when the dust settled, the delegate count was roughly equal, with ABC estimating that each candidate picked up 15 delegates, ABC’s ALANA ABRAMSON reports. So what is going on? To win the Democratic nomination, a candidate must obtain a certain number of delegates -- individuals who will cast votes at the DNC convention this summer. But there are two types of delegates in the Democratic party: pledged delegates, which are generally based on vote count, and unpledged delegates, or superdelegates. The latter include former and current Democratic leaders and elected officials. They can select the candidate of their choosing, wherever they want and whenever they want - and can switch at any time. Sanders leads in pledged delegates; he has 36 while Clinton has 32, according to ABC News estimates. But Clinton has a huge lead in superdelegates, with 362 to Sanders' 8.

LOOKING AHEAD: GEORGE W. BUSH TO JOIN JEB IN SOUTH CAROLINA. GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush got help from his mom and now he’s enlisting the help of his older brother. George W. Bush joins Jeb Monday night in North Charleston, South Carolina for the pair’s first public campaign event together. The former president has fundraised for Jeb before, notably appearing with their father at a major Houston event last fall, ABC’s CANDACE SMITH and VERONICA STRACQUALURSI note. “President Bush has been incredibly supportive of his brother’s campaign and Governor Bush is excited to have him out on the trail,” Bush’s spokeswoman, Kristy Campbell, wrote in a statement provided to ABC News.

NEW BERNIE SANDERS AD FEATURES ERIC GARNER’S DAUGHTER. A new ad set released online Thursday by the Bernie Sanders campaign features Eric Garner’s daughter, Erica Garner, explaining why she is backing the Vermont senator. The campaign says it is working on developing a shorter version of the ad for cable TV, but that they have yet to buy television ad time for the ad. “I am behind anyone who is going to listen and speak to for us,” Erica Garner says, adding that Sanders is not afraid to stand up to the criminal justice system. ABC’s MARYALICE PARKS has more.

A HISTORY OF POLITICAL DIRTY TRICKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA. When it comes to presidential politics, South Carolina’s trademark southern charm goes right out the window. Forget about the mint juleps and hushpuppies, the Palmetto State is notorious for its history of mudslinging, whisper campaigns and vicious rumors. South Carolina can still be the place that chews up and spits out presidential candidates. ABC’s VERONICA STRACQUALURSI and PAOLA CHAVEZ look back at the history of some of the state’s notable political dirty tricks.



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