Transcript for Democratic candidates face off on debate stage in Charleston
To the Tony Tony race the democratic field is facing off tonight on the debate stage in Charleston, South Carolina after that fierce fight in Las Vegas last week. Following Bernie Sanders strong showing in Nevada the front runner will likely be in a line of fire tonight including over his comments on Fidel Castro. And with just four days until South Carolina votes can Joseph Biden make a comeback in the state he's counted on to revive his campaign. ABC's Mary Bruce reports now from South Carolina. Bernie Sanders as the new top target and he's giving his rivals fresh ammunition defending his recent praise of Fidel Castro. He initiated a major at literacy program you know what I could kick teaching people to read and write. It's a good think the truth is the truth and that's what happened in the first years of the Castro Richard. The comments sending shockwaves the spokeswoman for the DNC says we are very clear in the Democratic Party that we speak out against brutal dictatorships. Like those of Castro. As a Democrat I don't want to be explaining why are nominees. It is encouraging people to look on the bright side of the Castro regime Joseph Biden is attacking Sanders on another front highlighting this statement from 2011. I think it would be a little idea if our President Obama faced some primary opposition theaters and defend himself a kind that up campaigning actual bomb law. And I'm a strong supporter of walls that Barack Obama has accomplished. But died in hopes the comments fire up African American voters heading into Saturday's must win primary. All stars share big South Carolina. Michael Bloomberg tonight is looking for a do over after he flat lined in the last debate pummeled over allegations of sexism and Donna. And of them accuse me of doing anything. Other than themselves and maybe that and went to Joseph Gregg tolls and let me just and let me play. His girlfriend Diana Taylor now says everyone needs to get over it might just change. My corruption. Gary Gary long. And Mary Bruce joins me now marry so the focus of the last debate. Was on Michael Bloomberg and it seems likely candidates are really signaling at this point that it could be is senator Sanders has the bullseye on his back. Lindsay now that Sanders is the clear front runner they are going to be coming after him tonight. Look all of the other candidates are running and they can stunts on a Bernie Sanders has momentum and steals and it back for themselves you can expect him to face fierce questioning over these comments that he made about Fidel Castro. And also how he's gonna pay for some of his plans which is humming that he's been struggling to get a clear answer on recently. And South Carolina of course so critical for the biting campaign. Especially weighing heavily in relying heavily on the black vote there what is the campaign saying going into tonight's debate in as far as their prediction for Saturday. Get Joseph fighting means a big way ending here tonight he needs a big win here on Saturday South Carolina is his firewall he's going tonight to try and draw very sharp contrast with his rivals but. His campaign is confident they say they are going to win here on Saturday. That they are going to use that to propel them. To succeed in some of the other early states on Super Tuesday learn it mayor Bruce for us tonight from South Carolina thanks Mary.
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