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What You Need to Know About Saturday's Democratic Debate

2016 is just around the corner, and Saturday night marked the third Democratic debate on ABC. Hillary Clinton came out on top, but Bernie Sanders put up an excellent fight, and the two went head to head on topics like higher education and foreign policy. Oh, and, Martin O’Malley was also there. Here’s a roundup of some important things you should know about the debate, in case you missed it:

Clinton acted like she’d already won.

While both Sanders and O’Malley focused on challenging Clinton and each other’s policies, it seemed that Clinton herself had bigger fish to fry. Focusing more on attacking the Republican platform than that of either of her two opponents, Clinton made it clear that her team didn’t see the latter as much of a threat to her success. Her conspicuous lateness to the stage after a commercial break could also be seen as a possible power-play.

But there was some debate over college tuition…

There were some subtle differences to be realized between Sanders and Clinton’s take on higher education tuition. Whereas Sanders argued for all universities to be tuition-free and paid for by the people through higher taxes, Clinton said that the government should subsidize only community colleges. In October, she made a case for the experience of having to work during college. With tuition rates rapidly increasing, however, it would follow that Clinton should be in favor of at least lowering tuition for private universities, for it to even be possible.

…and foreign policy.

In what is considered to be one of his biggest blows to Clinton’s platform during the debate, Sanders criticized Clinton for being too much in favor of a regime change in Syria and the ousting of Gaddafi in Libya, saying that she is being “a little too aggressive without knowing what the unintended consequences might be.” Sanders also added that we should get our foreign policy priorities in order, suggesting that ISIS is more of an immediate threat to the US than Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Martin O’Malley is still hot, but didn’t do so hot in the debate.

If O’Malley didn’t seem like a likely candidate before, his performance last night only made his chances worse. The candidate’s comment on the other two’s ages (“May I offer a different generation’s perspective on this?”) was met with boos from the audience. O’Malley also had a habit of interrupting, and often had to be reminded of the rules of the debate.

May the force be with you.

Maybe the most important thing we learned about Clinton during last night’s debate? She’s a Star Wars fan. Clinton signed off by saying “May the Force be with you,” winning the votes of Star Wars fans everywhere (though Obama was way cooler about it). Though, to be honest, she probably only said it because the movie’s director, J. J. Abrams, and his wife, donated a million dollars to the candidate’s super PAC in June.

Stay tuned to Milk for more election season updates.

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