Bernie Sanders faced sustained attacks from all sides in Tuesday night’s rowdy Democratic debate, as the self-described democratic socialist, now the race’s undisputed frontrunner, parried multiple claims that his sweeping plans were little more than an expensive path to a “catastrophic,” Corbyn-esque downballot rout for Democrats in November.
The forum, coming ahead of Saturday’s primary in South Carolina and next week’s pivotal Super Tuesday contests, was easily the most contentious of the primary season to date, as candidates frequently sparred with the moderators and ripped into each other on spending, foreign policy, and more. Fears have spread among the remaining candidates and establishment Democrats that Sanders, fresh off wins in several states, could soon be unstoppable.
Seconds into the event, Sanders downplayed historic-low unemployment numbers by arguing that the economy was only going well for “people like” former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg — prompting Bloomberg to quickly bring up recent unverified reports that Russia is working to help Sanders’ campaign.
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