Clinton fired back by saying she has “called out” big banks
and corporations since the 2008 financial crisis, yet some of her top donors
include Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase & Co.
She countered with Sanders' New York Daily News interview, where he was seemingly unable to provide exact policy recommendations for his platform goals of breaking up big banks.
With regards to foreign policy, the two debated Clinton’s support
for the Iraq War and how her “lack of judgement” for doing so
raises the question of how she will exercise her judgement if elected
Clinton returned that New York trusted her judgement in two elections for senator, and President Barack Obama chose her as his Secretary of State.
The two also debated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — both of whom claim to be
pro-Israel. Sanders’ said the 2014 Gaza War was “disproportionate,” whereas
Clinton evaded answering if she believed it was or wasn’t, and said Gaza
is a haven for terrorists that threatens Israel’s security.
When the issue of the minimum wage raised, Sanders
brought up how Clinton suddenly supports the fight to make the national minimum wage $15. But Clinton said she has supported raising the minimum wage
in places such as New York and Seattle.
Clinton was asked if she would release her Wall Street speeches, to which she repeatedly said she would not unless other candidates
did. She said she wanted a level playing field in which each of the
candidates were held to the same standard.
The Sanders campaign, the following
day, released Senator Sanders’ 2014 tax return.
The question that left viewers the most curious, however,
was this: how impactful is this debate to the New York primary on Tuesday? Kyle
Kondik, spokesperson for the Center for Politics at University of Virginia, doubts it.
“It’s hard to say any of the debates on either side
have changed the calculus all that much,” he said. “Now, if Sanders
surprisingly comes back and wins New York, then maybe it had some impact. But I
doubt it — while the debate got snippy at times, it wasn’t all that much
different than the ones that came before it.”
He said it is hard to tell who really wins these
in the eye of the beholder in debates, and ultimately I doubt it moved the
needle all that much in the race,” Kondik said. “As it stands now, all polling
suggests Clinton should win New York, and not just by a point or two. Perhaps
if the result tightens up this debate will have been a reason why, but even
then it’s possible that other factors will have been in play.”