Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Three Best Lines from the Clinton-Sanders Debate

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Three Best Lines from the Clinton-Sanders Debate

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CNN's Democratic debate Sunday night touched on a number of issues, including US trade policies, the environment, GOP opponents, gun control, God, and Wall Street.

And with the debate taking place in Flint, Mich., both former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders incorporated the city's water crisis into their respective "for the people" platforms.

"I would love to run against Donald Trump."

Donald Trump said Saturday of Mrs. Clinton, "I am the one person that she does not want to run against." But polling data suggests that both Clinton and Sanders would do well against Donald come November.

In a CNN poll last month, Clinton tops Trump 52 percent to 44 percent in the general election. And in hypothetical races against Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the same CNN poll predicts Clinton losing both races, with Mr. Rubio beating Clinton 50 percent to 47 percent and Mr. Cruz beating Clinton 49 percent to 48 percent.

Clinton's projected eight-point lead over Trump excites Democrats. After all, President Obama beat Republican nominee Mitt Romney by half of that in 2012. And in 2008, Obama beat Republican nominee and Arizona Sen. John McCain by seven points: a victory seen as decisive.

But Sen. Sanders' projected lead over Trump makes Clinton's contest look like a tight race.

Mr. Sanders said Sunday he would "love" to run against Trump, as he should: According to the same CNN poll, Sanders beats Trump in the popular election by 12 points. And several polls agree that Sanders would also beat Rubio and Cruz. The Vermont senator and self- proclaimed Democratic socialist tops Trump, Rubio and Cruz at 55 percent, 53 percent and 57 percent, respectively.

"The electability issue is just one more way the Democratic establishment is trying to trick us into admitting defeat before the primary has even happened," Jamie Peck, a Sanders' supporter, writes for Death and Taxes. "That's right: As counterintuitive as it seems to everyone who's been brainwashed by the party line, come November, Sanders stands a much better chance against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump."

"I am a praying person. …

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