The candidates were all fired up in the third Democratic debate, with all three trading blows in a heated exchange that proved more combative than in previous debates.
Hillary Clinton had the force with her, as her confident debate performance showed a shift from being defensive in the face of her rivals’ accusations to focusing on 2016 general election issues and the differences between herself and the Republicans.
Bernie Sanders was more aggressive in delivering in his message, as his speeches appeared to get more impassioned and his hand gestures wilder as the night progressed. But his straightforward apology to Clinton about the data breach and his pointed questions about Clinton’s ISIS strategy and economic programs highlighted why he is so popular among many Democrats.
Martin O’Malley, despite his credible record as a Governor, managed to have the worst night of the three, his strategy of attacking Clinton and Sanders for being too old and too tied up with Washington drawing boos from the crowd and making him look desperate in his bid to improve his dismal standing in the polls.
Despite Clinton’s probable assumption that she will sweep the nomination, it would be unwise for her to take her frontrunner status for granted. However performances like last night will inevitably stand her in good stead.
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