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What They Are Saying About Tonight's "Nasty" Democratic Debate

- April 14, 2016

"Traded Testy Accusations And Open Scorn" … "These Guys Do Not Like Each Other Anymore" … "Border On Personal Disdain"

The Washington Post's Anne Gearan And John Wagner: Clinton And Sanders "Traded Testy Accusations And Open Scorn… The Once-Genteel Democratic Presidential Contest Has Turned Ugly" "Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders traded testy accusations and open scorn over policy differences and personal judgment in a debate Thursday that put on full display just how much the once-genteel Democratic presidential contest has turned ugly." (The Washington Post , 4/14/16)

ABC News' Rick Klein: "Exposed Divisions Between Sanders And Clinton That Border On Personal Disdain…" "A debate in New York -- the home state, by some definition of both candidates -- exposed divisions between Sanders and Clinton that border on personal disdain." (ABC News, 4/14/16)

The New York Times' Patrick Healy And Amy Chozick: Sanders "Repeatedly Savaged [Clinton's] Ties To Wealthy Donors And Wall Street Banks…" "Senator Bernie Sanders, seizing on potential vulnerabilities for Hillary Clinton in the coming New York primary, repeatedly savaged her ties to wealthy donors and Wall Street banks during their debate on Thursday night, delivering a ferocious performance that Mrs. Clinton countered with steely confidence and her own sharp elbows." (The New York Times, 4/14/16)

CNN's Gloria Berger: "These Guys Do Not Like Each Other Anymore, And I Think The Tone Was Nasty." BERGER: "I think it was like a coliseum, right? I mean these guys do not like each other anymore, and I think the tone was nasty. And I think- you don't think so? I think it was nasty to a degree." (CNN, 4/14/16)

BuzzFeed's Evan McMorris-Santoro: "This Is Goddamn Pandemonium" (Twitter.com, 4/14/16)

NBC News' Mark Murray: "I'll Say This: This 2-Hr Debate Certainly Summed Up The Combative Last 7 Days -- If Not Last 2 Months -- Of This Clinton-Vs-Sanders Race." (Twitter.com, 4/14/16)

The Washington Post's Dan Balz: "Raises Questions About How Easily The Party Will Come Together Once A Winner Has Been Crowned…" "What started out many months ago as a relatively civil contest, in which both Sanders and Clinton seemed to resist negative attacks, has descended into the kind of competition that raises questions about how easily the party will come together once a winner has been crowned." ( The Washington Post , 4/14/16)

The Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler: "Wow." (Twitter.com, 4/14/16)

Yahoo News' Liz Goodwin: "So Much Yelling." (Twitter.com, 4/14/16)

ABC News Headline: "Healing Will Have To Wait, As Democratic Debate Turns Personal" (ABC News, 4/14/16)

Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall: "I'm Not Sure I've Heard 2 Candidates Yell At Each Other At Such Sustained Clip For Two Full Hours." (Twitter.com, 4/14/16)

The Washington Post Headline: "Clinton, Sanders Brawl In Brooklyn Ahead Of Pivotal N.Y. Primary" ( The Washington Post , 4/14/16)

The New York Times' Maggie Haberman: "Well Folks, That Was Really, Really Something." ("Democratic Debate On CNN: Live Updates," The New York Times , 4/14/16)

The Washington Examiner's Jim Antle: "Paul Begala Just Compared The Anger Between Hillary And Bernie To A Couple At Divorce Court." (Twitter.com, 4/14/16)

The Washington Post Headline: "Clinton And Sanders Reach The Limits Of Their Patience, Get Personal" ( The Washington Post , 4/14/16)


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