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Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 in at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH.
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L-R: Sanders, Clinton, O'Malley Screen grab from ABC News.
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Sponsors: ABC News.
Candidates: Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, Bernie Sanders.
Moderators: ABC News “World News Tonight” Anchor David Muir and Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz.
respond to questions; 45
seconds for follow ups and rebuttals. Closing statements.
Christmas, a date seemingly not designed to attract
a large viewing office. It also on
the heels of the data breach kerfuffle (+), which
was the subject of the opening question; Bernie Sanders apologized to
Clinton and to his supporters. Subjects ranged from ISIS to gun
control, health care and education. Together the candidates
mentioned Donald Trump a dozen times. Clinton scored the most
Tweeted moment with her Star Wars
"May the force be with you" closing line. All the candidates
performed well; neither Sanders or O'Malley scored a breakout moment.
Despite the less than optimal timing of the debate, the DNC highlighted the fact that, "Saturday’s Democratic debate brought in 7.8 million viewers – the sixth-largest audience for a Democratic primary debate in history, and more than every single Republican primary debate in 2008 and 2012."