Best Lines of the Democratic Debate

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders take the stage in Milwaukee.

February 11, 2016, 11:16 PM

— -- It has been two days since Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders snagged a win in New Hampshire, and he and rival Hillary Clinton took the stage tonight in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for the sixth Democratic debate.

In the debate hosted by PBS, Sanders was quick with the one-twos, going as far as to remind Clinton he did not run against President Obama.

Here are the best lines of the debate:


HILLARY CLINTON: “Because especially with health care, this is not about math. This is about people's lives. And we should level with the American people about what we can do to make sure they get quality, affordable health care.”

“Let's level with the American people. Secretary Clinton has been going around the country saying Bernie Sanders wants to dismantle the affordable care act,” Sanders shot back. “I have fought my entire life to make sure that health care is a right for all people. We're not going to dismantle anything.”


HILLARY CLINTON: “We have a special obligation to make clear what we stand for, which is why I think we should not make promises we can't keep.”

“My price tag is about $100 billion a year,” she added.

“Well, Secretary Clinton, you’re not in the White House yet,” Sanders fired back.


HILLARY CLINTON: “I have spent my entire adult life working toward making sure that women are empowered to make their own choices, even if that choice is not to vote for me. I believe that it's most important that we unleash the full potential of women and girls in our society.”

“And this is the first time there have been a majority of women on the stage. So you know, we'll take our progress wherever we can find it,” the former secretary of state added.

BERNIE SANDERS: “Well, you know, I think from a historical point of view, somebody with my background, somebody with my views, somebody who has spent his entire life taking on the big money interests, I think a Sanders victory would be of some historical accomplishment as well.”


BERNIE SANDERS: “When it comes to a woman having to make a very personal choice, in that case, my Republican colleagues love the government and want the government to make that choice for every woman in America. If that's not hypocrisy, I don't know what hypocrisy is.”


BERNIE SANDERS: “What we have got to do is make it clear that any police officer who breaks the law will, in fact, be held accountable.

“When you give low-income kids, African-American, white, Latino kids the opportunities to get their lives together, they are not going to end up in jail,” Sanders continued. “They're going to end up in the productive economy which is where we want them.”

When asked about solving the needs of the working-class white Americans, Clinton said: “I do think it would be a terrible oversight not to try to address the very real problems that white Americans, particularly those without a lot of education, whose jobs have, you know, no longer provided them or even no longer present in their communities.”


BERNIE SANDERS: “What we have to do right now is bring our people together and understand that we must provide a path towards citizenship for 11 million undocumented people.”

“I strongly support the president's executive actions,” Clinton argued. “I am against the raids. I'm against the kind of inhumane treatment that is now being visited upon families, waking them up in the middle of the night, rounding them up. We should be deporting criminals, not hard-working immigrant families.”

“We have got to stand up to the Trumps of the world, who are trying to divide us up,” the Vermont senator fired off.


BERNIE SANDERS: “Let's not insult the intelligence of the American people. People aren't dumb. Why in God's name does Wall Street make huge campaign contributions? I guess just for the fun of it.”


HILLARY CLINTON: “When somebody like Donald Trump and others stir up the demagoguery against Muslims, that hurts us at home; it is not only offensive but dangerous.”

“Senator Obama, when he ran against me was against the war in Iraq. And yet when he won, he turned to me trusting my judgment, my experience, to become secretary of state,” Clinton quipped.

“Well, I know journalists have asked who you do listen to on foreign policy and we have yet to know who that is,” Clinton told Sanders.

Sanders responded, “Well, it ain’t Henry Kissinger, that’s for sure.”

Clinton has a close relationship with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.


HILLARY CLINTON: “The kind of criticism that we've heard from Sen. Sanders about our president I expect from Republicans. I do not expect from someone running for the Democratic nomination to succeed president Obama.”

Sanders fired back, “Madam secretary, that is a low blow.”

“Last I heard we lived in a democratic society. Last I heard, a United States senator had the right to disagree with the president, including a president who has done such an extraordinary job. So I have voiced criticism; you’re right. Maybe you haven’t. I have.”

Sanders went on to say: “One of us ran against Barack Obama. I was not that candidate.”

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