Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders took center-stage in Miami Wednesday night where the two clashed dramatically over a variety of hot-button issues as they both tried to woo Hispanic voters and outdo each other in attacking Republican candidate Donald Trump, in yet another contentious Democratic debate.
Hosted by Univision and The Washington Post, the two-hour debate was the candidates’ final opportunity to make televised cases to voters in Florida, Ohio, Missouri, North Carolina and Illinois who will cast their ballots in primary contests on Tuesday.
Below we’ve rounded up 10 of the most significant quotes from the debate:
- On Donald Trump:
BERNIE SANDERS: I think that the American people are never going to elect a president who insults Mexicans, who insults Muslims, who insults women, who insults African-Americans and let us not forget that several years ago, Trump was in the middle of the so-called birther movement trying to delegitimize the president of the United States of America.
My dad was born in Poland. I know a little bit about the immigrant experience. Nobody has ever asked me for my birth certificate. Maybe it has something to do with the color of my skin.
- On the Clinton email scandal:
HILLARY CLINTON: There’s a lot of questions in there. And I’m going to give the same answer I’ve been giving for many months.
- On deporting undocumented immigrants:
HILLARY CLINTON: I will not deport children. I would not deport children. I do not want to deport family members, either. I want to prioritize who would be deported: violent criminals, people planning terrorist attacks, anybody who threatens us.
- On Sanders vs. Clinton’s political record:
BERNIE SANDERS: I will stand — my career, political career fighting for workers, fighting for the poorest people in this country. Madam Secretary, I will match my record against yours any day of the week.
- On Benghazi:
HILLARY CLINTON: This is not the first time we lost Americans in a terrorist attack. We lost 3,000 people on 9/11. We lost Americans serving in embassies in Tanzania and Kenya when my husband was president. We lost 250 Americans when Ronald Reagan was president in Beirut. At no other time were those tragedies politicized. Instead people said let’s learn the lesson and save lives
- On interventions with Latin America:
BERNIE SANDERS: The United States was wrong to try to invade Cuba. The United States was wrong trying to support people to overthrow the Nicaraguan government, the United States was wrong to try to overthrow the democratically elected government of Guatemala. Throughout the history of our relationship with Latin America we’ve operated under the so-called Monroe doctrine, and that said the United States had the right do anything they wanted do in Latin America.
- On Clinton’s relationship with Wall Street:
BERNIE SANDERS: Secretary’s words to Wall Street has really intimidated them, and that is why they have given her $15 million in campaign contributions.
- On Trump’s Mexican wall proposal:
HILLARY CLINTON: I understand him, he’s talking about a very tall wall, right, a beautiful tall wall, the most beautiful tall wall, better than the Great Wall of China. He would somehow magically get the Mexican government to pay for, and, you know, it’s just fantasy.
- On college tuition:
HILLARY CLINTON: The government has to quit making money off of lending money to young people to get their education.
BERNIE SANDERS REBUTTAL: What secretary Clinton said is absolutely right. I think I said it many months before she said it, but thanks for copying a very good idea.
- On George W. Bush:
HILLARY CLINTON: I wish he would criticize – and join me in criticizing – President George W. Bush,” she said. Bernie is, in fact, a staunch and outspoken Bush critic. The folly of Bush’s Iraq war – which HRC voted for – is a staple of his stump speech.
BERNIE SANDERS REBUTTAL: I gather Secretary Clinton hasn’t listened to too many of my speeches.