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Democratic, Republican strategists review 6th Democratic debate and reset the presidential field




US Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wave after the PBS NewsHour Presidential Primary Debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 11, 2016.
US Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wave after the PBS NewsHour Presidential Primary Debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 11, 2016.
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After losing by double digits in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton continued to go after Bernie Sanders’ ambitious agenda on issues like college costs and health care during Thursday night’s PBS Newshour Democratic Debate in Milwaukee.

The two candidates continued to highlight their fundamental differences, despite agreeing in principal on many of the policy issues discussed. Senator Sanders is pushing a big, progressive agenda that is energizing a large group of voters who want to see change, while Secretary Clinton is arguing for many of the same reforms but with the added bonus of her experience as a Senator, First Lady, and Secretary of State.

Meanwhile, two Republican candidates decided to call it off this week. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said she’d be ending her campaign after spending a number of weeks at the bottom end of GOP polls, and despite winning some points after hammering Marco Rubio during last Saturday’s GOP debate for robotically repeating the same line several times, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will return to work in Trenton after ending his run as well.

Who do you think had the edge in last night’s debate? Have the cycle of debates ever changed your view on a candidate or his/her platform? Where does each party stand heading into next week’s South Carolina primary?

Guests: 

Erikka Knuti, Democratic strategist with Purple Strategies, a political consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.

Lisa Camooso Miller, Republican strategist and partner at Blueprint Communications, a public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C.