MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local):
As the Democratic presidential debate wound down, the moderators asked about the role of the White House spouse.
Clinton praised first lady Michelle Obama for her work on nutrition. Clinton said she would tap former President Bill Clinton for advice and special missions, such as improving the economy for everyone. And she said she would probably pick out china for state dinners on her own.
Sanders said his wife, Jane, is “a lot smarter than me” and would sit close to him in the West Wing of the White House.
The Vermont senator thanked Clinton for her ambition as a former first lady, saying she “redefined what that role could be.”
The Democratic candidates for president are calling for new action to halt the heroin epidemic ravaging New Hampshire and other states across the country.
Bernie Sanders says doctors and pharmacies “have got to start getting their act together” to limit the supply of opiates they’re prescribing.
He says, “Addiction is a disease, not a criminal activity.”
Hillary Clinton says she’s met people across New Hampshire who have lost loved ones to addiction or are fighting to get clean.
She says it’s “a major epidemic.” She wants more federal money to help states and thinks all law enforcements should carry a drug that can stop overdoses.
Martin O’Malley says the country should be reacting to the crisis with the same urgency with which it reacted to last year’s breakout of Ebola in west Africa.
Hillary Clinton says mistrust between police officers and the nation’s minority communities is one of the most important challenges facing the next president.
Clinton says in the Democratic debate there is “systemic racism,” injustices and inequalities in the U.S. – especially in the criminal justice system.
She says the next president should build on President Barack Obama’s work to try to restore trust.
But Clinton also praises police officers who she says are “acting heroically” in some parts of the country to bridge divides.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says the U.S. needs to “end institutional racism.” He says police officers shouldn’t be shooting unarmed people, predominantly African Americans.
Hillary Clinton is pledging not to raise taxes on middle class families making under $250,000 a year if she’s elected president.
Clinton says in the Democratic presidential debate there will be “no middle class tax raises.” She adds, “That is a pledge that I’m making.”
Clinton argues the government should not be creating large new programs that will impose higher taxes on families while wages remain stagnant.
Clinton made the pledge while criticizing Sen. Bernie Sanders’ health care plan.
But Sanders says he supports a small tax to fund paid family and medical leave, which the country currently lacks.
Hillary Clinton says she would build on the “successes” of the president’s health-care law and work to resolve what she calls “glitches.
Clinton said in the Democratic debate that prices on prescription drugs have gone “through the roof” and that the private health care and government-run insurance exchanges should be better regulated “so that we are not being gamed.”
She says there’s not enough competition and not enough oversight of what insurance companies are charging for health care coverage.
Pressed by the moderator on how those seemingly major issues are “glitches,” Clinton says they are attributable to problems any start-up encounters.
Bernie Sanders says he would push for a single-payer health care system that would he would fund with new taxes.
Hillary Clinton is working reframe the debate about Wall Street reform in a way that would help her in the general election if she’s the Democratic nominee.
Clinton has been accused by primary opponents of being too cozy with big banks and Wall Street.
But Clinton is portraying herself as an antagonist of corporations who oppose her steps to rein in excesses. She’s pointing out that two billionaires who run hedge funds are running campaign ads attacking her.
Clinton says she gets more donations from students and teachers than she does from Wall Street
Clinton is also trying to turn the tables on Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley. She’s suggesting O’Malley is hypocritical and says when he ran the Democratic Governors Association, he had “no trouble” raising money from major corporations.
Hillary Clinton says she thinks “everybody should” love her, including corporate America.
The Democratic front-runner for president has faced criticism for her close ties to Wall Street and for the money she’s raised from the financial services industry.
But Clinton says she want to be the president “for the struggling, the striving and the successful.”
Clinton says she wants the wealthy to pay higher tax rates but also wants to partner with the private sector to create jobs.
Asked if corporate America will love him, Bernie Sanders says, “No, I think they won’t.”
The Vermont senator says chief executives of large multinational corporations “ain’t going to like me, and Wall Street is going to like me even less.”
Bernie Sanders says he wants to make “secondary” the fight against Syrian leader Bashar Assad and focus exclusively on defeating the Islamic State.
He says at the Democratic presidential debate, “it is not Assad who is attacking the United States.”
Hillary Clinton responds that she wants to “do both at once.”
Both candidates decried Assad, with Sanders calling him a terrible dictator” and Clinton dialing up the rhetoric by labeling him “a despot with American blood on his hands.”
Vermont Sen. Sanders says he worries the country is too involved in regime change without thinking through the consequences, an echo of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s thoughts on foreign policy.
Bernie Sanders says Muslim-majority nations should take the lead in fighting the Islamic State group.
Sanders says there should be an international coalition including Russia that fights the Islamic State.
But he says troops on the ground must be Muslims, and not American troops.
The Vermont senator says countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar have to “step up to the plate” and provide needed troops.
He says the U.S. should tell Saudi Arabia that instead of going to war in Yemen, the kingdom should go to war against IS.
He says the U.S. should tell Qatar that instead of spending $200 billion on the World Cup, it should pay attention to the threat of IS at its doorstep.