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22 Zingy and WTF Moments From the Third Democratic Debate

The New Hampshire debate brought us references to ISIS, drugs and even Star Wars

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Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley debated Saturday evening in New Hampshire.

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Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley took the stage at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire, Saturday to take part in the third Democratic debate — and the second Democratic debate in a row scheduled in the television ratings boneyard of a Saturday evening. The debate came just two days after the Sanders campaign was found to be improperly accessing Clinton campaign data in a DNC database, and one day after the Sanders campaign filed a lawsuit against the DNC for revoking its access to that database, alleging the organization was trying to “tip the scales” in Clinton’s favor.

It wasn’t Sanders or Clinton, though, who seemed to be smarting for a fight on Saturday: Martin O’Malley battled valiantly against moderators David Muir and Martha Raddatz to make his voice heard, but the force was strong with Hillary Clinton. She clocked 45 minutes of speaking time, ten minutes more than Bernie Sanders and a full 22 minutes more than the former governor of Maryland, according to Politico.

Here were the top moments of the evening.

1. “We should never surrender [our principles] to fascist pleas of billionaires with big mouths.” -Martin O’Malley, apparently referencing Donald Trump

2. “He’s becoming ISIS’s best recruiter.” -Hillary Clinton, also referencing Trump

3. “Yes. I apologize.” -Bernie Sanders, for improperly accessing Clinton campaign data

4. “ISIL training videos are telling lone wolves the easiest way to buy a combat assault weapon in America is at a gun show, and it’s because of the flip-flopping, political approach of Washington that both of my two colleagues on this stage have represented there for the last 40 years.” -Martin O’Malley

5. “Let’s calm down a little bit, Martin.” -Bernie Sanders, following O’Malley’s impassioned answer about guns

6. “Yes, let’s tell the truth, Martin.” -Hillary Clinton, in response to the same speech

7. “Let’s maybe have some rules here, commentators.” -Bernie Sanders

8. “I applaud his record in Maryland, I just wish he wouldn’t misrepresent mine.” -Hillary Clinton on Martin O’Malley

9. “Nope. Not yet, Gov. O’Malley. I’ll call on you when we come to you.” -Moderator Martha Raddatz

10. “Maybe the backdoor is the wrong door.” -Hillary Clinton on encryption

11. “I worry that the secretary is too much into regime change and a little bit too aggressive without knowing what the unintended consequences might be.” -Bernie Sanders 

12. “With all due respect, senator, you voted for regime change with respect to Libya.” -Hillary Clinton

13. “May I offer a different generation’s perspective on this?” -Martin O’Malley, in response to a Bernie Sanders answer on ISIS

14. “Sorry.” -Hillary Clinton walking on stage late after a commercial break 

15. “Everybody should!” -Hillary Clinton, in response to moderator David Muir’s question, “Should corporate America love Hillary Clinton?”

16. “No, I think they won’t…. The CEOs of large multinationals may like Hillary, they ain’t gonna like me, and Wall Street is gonna like me even less.” -Bernie Sanders, in response to Muir’s question, “Will corporate America love a President Sanders?”

17. “Now this is getting to be fun.” -Bernie Sanders, in response to the candidates talking over one another

18. “We have systemic racism and inequities in our country, and particularly in our justice system.” -Hillary  Clinton

19. “Police officers should not be shooting unarmed people, predominately African Americans.” -Bernie Sanders

20. “We need to understand that addiction is a disease and not a criminal activity.” -Bernie Sanders

21. “I am probably still going to pick the flowers and the china for state dinners.” -Hillary Clinton, in response to a question about the duties Bill Clinton would perform as America’s first First Man 

22. “Thank you, goodnight, and may the force be with you.” -Hillary Clinton


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