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5 Takeaways From The Democratic Debate In Milwaukee

Wisconsin Politicos See Few Big Surprises From Sanders Or Clinton

AP Photo/Morry Gash

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders met on the debate stage for the sixth time Thursday night in Milwaukee. The event, hosted by the PBS NewsHour, saw the two staying mostly true to form. Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, hit hard on his core message of taking on economic inequality while former Secretary of State Clinton cast herself as the pragmatic contender who would be able to get things done in the White House on both foreign and domestic issues.

The debate didn’t see many fireworks — in fact Clinton at one point said she and Sanders seemed to be in, “vigorous agreement” on several issues. Both made promises to take on Wall Street interests, push for immigration reform and work to address racial inequity in the United States.

Here are the takeaways, based on what Wisconsin journos and politicos were saying on Twitter during and after the debate:

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1. It wasn’t an exciting debate. Many on social media noted that the candidates were in agreement for much of the debate, and weren’t as feisty as they’d been in previous forums. Plus, it seemed, there wasn’t much in the way of new information to glean about the candidates.

2. The Henry Kissinger talk, however, was very much unexpected. There was a lot of buzz when Sanders brought up the ways Henry Kissinger may, or may not, have influenced Hillary Clinton on her foreign policy strategy.

3. A clash over allegiance to President Barack Obama was another highlight. Clinton and Sanders ended up sparring over the ways they’ve criticized or cheered Obama’s performance as president.

4. Hillary knew her Wisconsin. Indeed, Hillary Clinton made references to labor struggles and the Dontre Hamilton shooting, and even slammed Gov. Scott Walker — not once, but twice.

5. Scott Walker’s campaign didn’t take criticism sitting down. The governor’s Twitter account ended up taking a swipe right back at Hillary: