Thursday’s “PBS NewsHour Democratic Primary Debate” marked the first battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders since the New Hampshire primary.
Here are TheWrap’s Top 5 moments, in reverse order.
5. Clinton defends Madeleine Albright’s “place in hell” comment
Clinton defended Albright’s recent controversial comment: “there’s a special place in Hell for women who don’t help other women.”
“Well, look I think that she’s been saying that for as long as I’ve known her,” Clinton said before addressing the female moderators.
“I would note, just for a historic aside, somebody told me earlier we’ve had like 200 presidential primary debates, and this is the first time there have been a majority of women on stage,” Clinton said. “So you know, we’ll take our progress wherever we can find it.”
4. Sanders to Clinton: “You are not in the White House yet”
In one of the more heated moments of the debate, Sanders reminded his rival, “Secretary Clinton, you are not in the White House yet,” earning a handful of boos from the audience.
3. Clinton, Sanders beef over healthcare
Clinton kicked off the debate by saying it’s unrealistic to start from scratch with the concept of free health care for all.
“We should level with the American people about what we can do to make sure that they get quality, affordable healthcare,” Clinton responded to Sanders suggesting a single-payer system that could provide free care for all.
2. Will campaign contributors influence your administration?
This is a hot-button issue and the Super PAC conversation was an exchange that people anticipated heading into the night.
Sanders reminded Clinton of the fact that a super PAC supports her campaign. He has argued that the fact Clinton accepting contributions from financial groups means she likely will not take on Wall Street in office.
Clinton augured that despite accepting donations in 2008, President Obama passed new regulations on the financial industry and she would do the same.
“Let’s not insult the intelligence of the American people,” Sanders countered. “People are not dumb.”
1. Sanders Brings Up Henry Kissinger
Sanders jabbed Clinton for writing in her foreign policy memoir that she took advice from Nixon-era Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
“Count me in as somebody who will not be listening to Henry Kissinger,” Sanders said.
While the coveted millennials probably don’t get the reference, hardcore old-school liberals love a good Kissinger dig. Hipsters everywhere are probably googling “Kissinger” at this very moment.
The Twitter feedback was mixed, see the best below.
First time I've ever heard a politician mention Mossadegh & 1953 Iranian coup & slam puppet master Kissinger. Well done, Bernie. Bring it!
— Karl Agell (@demonsofregret) February 12, 2016
People annoyed with Sanders for the Kissinger discussion are basically like "forget learning from history guys." #DemDebate
— Luke HⒶrms (@lukeharms) February 12, 2016
Bernie referenced TR, FDR, Churchill, Mossadegh, Kissinger, yet is dominating among young voters. Remarkable. #DemDebate
— Benjamin Weingarten (@bhweingarten) February 12, 2016
can't wait for all the hot kissinger thinkpieces now
— Dave J. (@DaveJIsWitty) February 12, 2016
Bernie hates Kissinger but thinks Churchill is a role model? https://t.co/b7RCHeWKuC
— Neil Bhatiya (@NeilBhatiya) February 12, 2016
I can't believe Kissinger was a serious topic of discussion in this ridiculous debate. LOL #DemDebate
— Beth C (@bamapachyderm) February 12, 2016
So I was eating dinner. Sanders clearly boned up on fopo. His dagger on Kissinger matched by Clinton's dagger on Obama & leadership.
— David Dayen (@ddayen) February 12, 2016
So Sanders is against talking to Kissinger, but pro talking to Iran, but against talking to China, but pro listening to Churchill?
— Charles Olney (@olneyce) February 12, 2016
Henry Kissinger is a war criminal responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis and East Timorese. Good on Bernie
— Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt) February 12, 2016
— Michael McMillan (@mlmcmillan) February 12, 2016
#DemDebate never forget Henry Kissinger is a murderer. If you need advice though he's a great guy to ask; then do the opposite.
— Marnssj (@Marnssj) February 12, 2016
And in closing, Kissinger.
— Jason Horowitz (@jasondhorowitz) February 12, 2016