Democrat Hillary Clinton was on the defensive about her email scandal on the debate stage last night — a day after her stunning loss to Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in Michigan — sidestepping a question about whether she’d drop out of the race if federal authorities indict her.
“Oh, for goodness’ sake,” Clinton said in response to the question from Univision’s Jorge Ramos. “It’s not going to happen. I’m not even going to answer that question.”
Clinton again conceded the use of a private server “wasn’t the best choice” and that she “made a mistake,” but insisted it was not prohibited and that other secretaries of state had similar setups.
“I’m not concerned about it,” Clinton said. “I’m not worried about it, and no Democrat or American should be, either.”
Sanders steered clear of the controversy, saying he’d let the FBI investigation play out.
“I’m going to focus on the issues facing the working-class families of this country,” Sanders said.
Clinton downplayed the significance of Sanders’ win in Michigan, noting she received 100,000 votes more than Sanders in the Mississippi primary Tuesday.
“I am not a natural politician if you haven’t noticed, like my husband or President Obama,” Clinton said. “I just have to do the best I can with the results I can … and hope that people see I am fighting for them.”
The debate was sponsored by Univision and The Washington Post, simulcast on CNN, and moderated by Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas and Ramos, and the Post’s Karen Tumulty.
Many of the questions centered on illegal immigration. Both Clinton and Sanders pledged not to deport children or illegal aliens who are not accused of other crimes.
Much of the debate on Twitter focused on whether Sanders’ suit was brown, blue or black, as the color appeared to fluctuate based on camera angle and lighting.
Sanders entered the debate with renewed momentum after shattering expectations to win Tuesday’s primary in Michigan, where polls had shown him trailing by double-digit points.
His win put off a Clinton coronation, forcing the Democrat to redouble her efforts as the campaign heads to Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio on Tuesday. But Clinton still has a solid delegate lead over Sanders, 762 to 549. When super-delegates — party insiders and elected officials — are factored in, Clinton holds an overall lead of 1,223 to 574. Democrats need 2,383 delegates to secure the nomination.
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