What Did You Miss During Last Week’s Debates?

The Democratic debate occurred in Miami, Florida on Wednesday, not without the clashes that were expected.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debated immigration reform, auto bailouts and health care as more primaries are coming up next week, according to CNN.

Clinton has attacked Sanders on his view of auto bailouts before, citing that he voted against the 2009 auto bailout – which was within a bailout bill for financial firms – during the days leading up to the Michigan primary.

Clinton’s strategy of appealing to autoworkers in Detroit in order to win the Michigan primary was unsuccessful and Sanders won the primary in that state. It is unknown how this strategy will work this time around.

“Sen. Sanders voted against it,” Clinton said at the debate. “That is his perfect right to vote against it, but if everyone had voted as he voted, we would not have rescued the auto industry.”

Sanders fought back and said the bill supported the recklessness and illegal behavior of Wall Street.

On immigration reform, the pair argued over former President George W. Bush’s immigration effort. But a rare moment occurred when they both agreed on one thing: to not deport undocumented immigrants, especially children. They then attacked Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the Mexican border.

With only four candidates left for the Republican Party, the GOP debate on Thursday was uniquely just as civil as the Democratic one that happened the day before.

It was the last debate before the primaries and caucuses that are next week for Florida, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio.

The Republican presidential candidates debated on issues including worker visas, Social Security, Islam and foreign policy, as CNN points out.

A large part of the debate centered around Trump defending his claims that the religion of Islam contains a hateful approach towards the United States, which he first said in an interview with CNN a few days before the debate took place.

“There’s tremendous hatred and I will stick with exactly what I said to Anderson Cooper,” he said at the debate.

Rubio took the opportunity then to attack Trump to point out that, “presidents can’t just say what they want. It has consequences.”

Cruz attacked Trump as well during the debate on being neutral for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but Trump came back by stating that he is pro-Israel but wants to stay neutral to get a deal done between the two nationals when he is president.

Climate change was another big issue during the debate.

“Kasich said he believes human activity contributes to climate change, but that nevertheless, it is possible to have stringent environmental rules without hurting the economy,” the CNN article said. “Rubio said climate change was nothing new, and insisted that there is no law that Washington could pass that could ‘change the weather.’”

Lastly, Cruz and Rubio attacked Trump’s plan to do absolutely nothing to Social Security. Rubio said that the numbers did not add up for Trump’s plan, whereas Cruz compared the plan to a magic pill.

Overall, both debates had arguments over important national issues, and will most likely impact how the primaries next week turn out for both parties.