- Just two days after a landslide win by Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary, the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential rival met for a debate in Milwaukee hosted by PBS NewsHour.
- The debate will aired from the Helen Bader Concert Hall in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
- PBS NewsHour hosted the debate in partnership with Facebook. Co-anchors and managing editors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff moderated.
- The next Democratic debate will not be until 6 March in Flint, Michigan after several primaries and caucuses.
With seven minutes to spare, the sixth Democratic debate is wrapped up. Voters will be able to catch the next debate—for the GOP—on Saturday, 13 February. Thanks for following along!
Time for closing statements. Sanders says that the campaign is "not just about electing a president" but instead inciting a political revolution.
Clinton says she is not a single issue candidate, mentions the water crisis in Flint, racism, sexism and other issues she wants to take on as president. She receives loud applause when saying she wants to work for the unions.
Last Facebook question: "Name two leaders who would influence your decisions on foreign policy."
Sanders says Franklin D Roosevelt and Winston Churchill are two leaders he admires very much, even if he does not support Churchill's more conservative beliefs.
Clinton, while agreeing with Sanders, mentions Nelson Mandela but also attacks Sanders for his criticisms of President Barack Obama. Her comments receive raucous applause. Clinton ends her mini speech by saying she would expect criticisms towards Obama from the Republican Party but not from a candidate vying for the Democratic nomination.
Sanders says it's "unfair" to say he doesn't support Obama because he has been a repeatedly been an ally to the president.
Candidates asked about the refugee crisis in Europe. Sanders says the US should not turn its back on refugees but also called on regional powers to take responsibility for the influx of refugees leaving Syria.
The candidates discuss Iran. Sanders is for normalising relations with the country, while Clinton is vehemently opposed to it, saying there are plenty of issues that need to be resolved before relations with Iran are normalised.
Debate now turns to Russia and the recent international agreement to seek a nationwide "cessation of hostilities" within a week.
Sanders now throwing intense shade at former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Says he does not support or agree with Kissinger's actions.
Sanders mentions he voted against going to war in Iraq in 2002 unlike Clinton. The former secretary of state replies: "I do not believe a vote in 2002 is a plan to overthrow Isis in 2016."
American Muslims are on the front lines of our defense... and they need to feel not just welcomed, but invited.
- Clinton on domestic terrorism & Donald Trump's comments on Muslims
Question: Are there any areas of government you'd like to reduce?
Both candidates say there are but don't give any specifics.
Talk turns to Super PACs and campaign financing, a favourite topic of Sanders. The Vermont senator is known for only taking small contributions from everyday voters. Clinton says that having the support of a Super PAC does not mean she will be swayed by Wall Street.
Sanders supports Obama's executive actions on immigration reform but says he does not agree with the president's deportation plans. Adds he will "go further" and supports comprehensive immigration reform.
Clinton notes that he may be a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, but he voted against a reform bill in 2007. Sanders cops to not supporting the 2007 bill and adds that Clinton was in favour of deporting Central American children immigrants in 2014.
Sanders on whether this can be discusses as a racial issue: "We can talk about it as a race issue, but it's a general economic issue."
I'm going to do everything I can to help distressed communities, whether they are white communities or communities of colour.
Race talk turns to white people. Sanders responds: "White people?!"
Question: What would you do to improve race relations?
Clinton takes a moment to praise President Obama's work in fixing race relations in the country. She says her administration would change policing practices, incarceration practices and use the justice system to enforce laws.
Sanders, on the other hand, blames Wall Street and institutional racism in the economy for the race relations in the US.
First Facebook question: "How would you address the disproportionately high black males prison population?
Sanders answers with statements he's made before. He calls for reform in the incarceration system. Says police departments need to be demilitarised and officers who break the law should face the consequences.
Clinton agrees, but also takes the time to mention Dontre Hamilton, who was killed in Milwaukee by police. Important to note, Maria Hamilton, Dontre's mother, is Clinton's guest at the debate tonight.
The Vermont senator takes time to attack what he calls the "hypocrisy" of the Republican Party that calls for smaller government but is for using the government to interfere with women's reproductive rights.
Sanders is asked if he's worried he's thwarting history in the making if he wins. He said that if he is elected, he would be making history. Clinton notes that she doesn't want support for her campaign because she's a woman but because she believes she's the most qualified candidate.
Clinton is asked about Madeleine Albright's comment during one of her rallies. Albright called for all women to support Clinton, saying, "There's a special place in hell for women who don't support women." The comment is met by boos from the debate crowd.
Clinton says that her plan would cost $100B a year, but says it's already paid for. Sanders responds: "Well Secretary Clinton, you're not in the White House yet."