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Last Night's Debate Was All About Hillary and Bernie

Last Night's Debate Was All About Hillary and Bernie

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And Anderson Cooper, of course.

At the first Democratic presidential debate of the season, things certainly got heated in that Las Vegas hotel--and not only because Anderson Cooper of CNN was moderating. Front runners Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders went head to head, exchanging shots but also, at times, coming together. Martin O'Malley, former Governor of Maryland, managed to poke his head above the crowd of second-tier candidates, leaving behind Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb, both of whom failed to shine, but his performance is unlikely to transform him into a viable alternative candidate.

In the end, it was all about Hillary and Bernie, who also dominated in terms of speaking time, with the former Secretary of State speaking for 31:05 minutes and the Vermont Senator for 28:05 minutes. Here are some of the highlights from last night:

With Bernie Sanders, an avowed Democratic Socialist who has been drawing in crowds of tens of thousands, as her greatest rival, Hillary Clinton needed to prove herself to be a progressive. At the same time, however, she demonstrated her ability to compromise, something that people feel Sanders may have some difficulty with:

"I'm a progressive, but I'm a progressive who likes to get things done." -Hillary #DemDebate

Posted by Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, 13 October 2015

While the left have been loving Sanders' socialist views, critics wonder how he would fare in a general election with more mainstream Democrats and, crucially, Independents. With characteristic frankness, he explained why his views, far from polarizing, should unite Americans:

This is how Bernie Sanders answers Anderson Cooper's questions about his electability as a Democratic Socialist. Watch live: cnn.it/livestream

Posted by Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, 13 October 2015

When questioned about her the scandal with her use of a personal email account while Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton aknowledged she would have acted differently while highlighting the partisan nature of the investigations. Sanders then chimed in, saying American's have more pressing issues:

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders share a moment over her "Damn emails." Watch the #DemDebate live: cnn.it/livestream

Posted by Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, 13 October 2015

In a particularly impassioned moment, Clinton called the Republicans on their hypocrisy while defending plans for paid family leave:

No politician should interfere with a woman's personal medical decisions. Full stop. #DemDebate

Posted by Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Martin O'Malley did, however, shine in his closing remarks:

Martin O'Malley Has The Best Closing Comments At The Democrati...

Martin O'Malley had the best closing comments of the night #DemDebate

Posted by NowThis Politics on Tuesday, 13 October 2015

And then, of course, there was Anderson Cooper sporting a beautiful shade of purple. He was a strong moderator, tough yet fair. Afterwards, he spoke with Wolf Blitzer, saying he felt good about the night:

Wolf Blitzer talks to Anderson Cooper about his performance as #DemDebate moderator. What do you think? https://cnn.it/1LabsAf

Posted by Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, 13 October 2015

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