Bernie Sanders
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the Iowa Democratic Presidential Town Hall Forum in Des Moines, Iowa January 25, 2016. Reuters
  • The remaining two candidates for the Democratic Party participated in a last-minute New Hampshire town hall event hosted by CNN , less than a week before the state's primary on 9 February.
  • CNN's Anderson Cooper moderated the two-hour event from Derry, New Hampshire.
  • The next Democratic debate will be broadcast on 11 February from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Wisconsin. The PBS-hosted event will be moderated by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff and will air after the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary.

That's a wrap for the Democratic town hall forum in New Hampshire. There were a number of key topics discussed tonight, with Secretary Clinton getting a variety of never-discussed issues. Sanders may be leading in the Granite State, but it seemed Clinton was better prepared for all the questions thrown her way.

The two candidates will continue to campaign throughout the state before the primary on 9 February. Thanks for joining us tonight!


"If your mom was around today, what advice do you think she'd give you?"

Clinton says she'd be very supportive and that she would probably listening to the comments made about her daughter.

In her closing statements, Clinton says that although she does not expect to win in New Hampshire, she will continue to campaign throughout the state. "I love campaigning in NH. I love this process," she says. After asking for voters' support, Clinton adds: "I will fight for you every day in the White House!"


It's time for the lightning round of miscellaneous questions for Clinton. She's asked how she would spend a day if she could be anonymous. Clinton says she would visit with friends and hang out with her granddaughter, who calls her "Grandma!"


Julie Carignan, a New Hampshire resident, asks how Clinton can persuade her daughters to support her. Carignan says her five 20-something daughters are "feeling the Bern". Clinton says she's happy to hear they are interested in politics and asks that they look into her record and accomplishments.


Chris Lopez asks: "What would you do to decriminalise marijuana."

Clinton says she supports the legalisation of medical marijuana but also supports additional research into the uses, benefits and effects of marijuana in medicine.


Clinton says she does not regret giving speeches to big banks they do not influence her decisions now.



We're back with a video clip from Bernie Sanders on the night of the Iowa Caucus. In the video, Sanders notes he is the only candidate on the Democratic side who does not have a Super PAC.


We're at a commercial break. Several Twitter users have noted that Clinton appears to be getting much harder questions than Sanders. However, the questions have allowed Clinton to give voters more insight into who she is as a candidate.


Rabbi Johnathan Spira-Savett asks a question about ego and humility: "How do you cultivate the ego necessary to be President and integrate humility as well?"

Clinton says its important to be "self-conscious". She says that she struggles to find a balance between ego and humility, adding she gets a scripture passage every morning, which helps keep her "grounded".


Clinton is asked how she will defend herself against "right-wing attacks" once she assumes office. She says she's had a lot of practice.


Cooper asks: Should women register for the draft?

Clinton: Says the all-volunteer military force has worked, but that she would have to be better informed on whether draft registration is necessary. "I want every person to register at the age of 18 to vote automatically," she adds.


Another question comes from Michael Thiele, who asks Clinton to make a promise that the US will not expand its military involvement abroad. Clinton says she cannot make that promise but that military involvement is always the last resort.


Jim Kinhan, a cancer patient, asks: "What leadership will you provide to advance respectful conversation about end-of-life choices?"

Clinton thanks Kinhan for participating. Says it is "crucial" issue that everyone needs to consider. Clinton adds that she would want to immerse herself in the ethical writings, scientific/medical writings to better understand the issue.


"Are there any issues beyond abortion you'd consider applying as a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees?" asks high school English teacher Dave Scanell. Clinton says the country has to protect abortion and marriage equality, but says more needs to be done. "I am looking for people rooted in the real world," Clinton adds.


Clinton says she acknowledges she has work to do when it comes to attracting young women voters. It's followed up by a question on Sanders' proposed "political revolution". She says she disagrees with Sanders proposal to start over with healthcare.


I'm a progressive who likes to get things done.

-Hillary Clinton


Clinton is now on stage. She discusses her win in Iowa but says New Hampshire's primary is now her focus. Says she's proud of the campaigns she and Sanders have launched.

She's asked: "Does Sanders have a point when he says you're a progressive 'some days'?" Clinton laughs at how Sanders has been seemingly deemed the gatekeeper of who is or isn't a progressive.


We've entered a lightening round of miscellaneous questions, including what car he owns and if he can do a Larry David impression. Sanders wraps up his hour with a closing statement in the hopes to win over independent voters. Clinton is up next.


Raul Bernal is up next with a question about Sanders' eligibility in a general election. Sanders rails against polls and says Democrats win elections when there are larger voter turnouts. Says there is more excitement and enthusiasm in his campaign than in Clinton's campaign.

Sanders is also asked why an independent voter should chose him over Donald Trump. He notes Trump's comments against Latinos and against an increase in minimum wage. Sanders says he would love for Trump to win the GOP nomination. "I want Trump to win the Republican nomination. I would LOVE to run against him," he says.


David Cote asks Sanders about what he would do about treating drug addiction when prevention fails. Sanders says "we have a very serious crisis" and that the issue is not a criminal issue but a health issue.


Sanders blames the media for any attacks made between the candidates. Clinton's campaign was quick to fire back.



We're back from a short break, and Sanders is asked to watch a short clip from Clinton's speech on Monday. Cooper asks Sanders if he believes Clinton is a progressive. Sanders says he respects Clinton but says he puts doubt that she is a true progressive.