2.8k VIEWS Share on Twitter By Emily OsterMANN, Ohio (AP) Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager, David Simon, didn’t expect the first presidential debate to be such a low point.
But as a Bernie Sanders supporter and his team waited in the cold for the cameras to start rolling, they got to see it firsthand.
Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist, and Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and Democratic presidential front-runner, battled to the finish line for the first debate at Hofstra University on Tuesday night.
The Democratic race has been dominated by Clinton, who’s favored to win the White House and whose campaign has been plagued by questions about her private email server.
And Sanders, who has raised more than $7 million for his campaign, has spent most of the campaign on television ads.
In the debate, the two candidates faced off over issues ranging from gun control to climate change.
Sanders criticized Clinton’s plan to “rebuild the infrastructure” of the country’s roads and bridges, which he said would create more than 2 million jobs.
Clinton said her plan would create 10 million jobs by 2035 and that she’s confident that a carbon tax will generate billions of dollars in tax revenue.
Sanders countered that she doesn’t understand how the tax works, and she didn’t provide specifics.
Both candidates tried to turn the spotlight to Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.
They sparred over his recent comments that the United States shouldn’t apologize for being the world’s largest democracy.
Sanders called it a “racist” comment.
Clinton argued that Trump’s “lack of respect” for the rule of law is a “fundamental flaw” in his campaign and said it could hurt his chances at winning the White Senate.
Trump said his comment was meant to be a joke and he’s sorry.
Sanders said Trump has “demonstrated that he has no sense of decency.”
Sanders criticized Trump’s plan for a $1 trillion infrastructure plan, saying that it will not fix crumbling infrastructure in America and that it doesn’t take into account the economic problems that are taking place in communities across the country.
He also pointed out that it does not include infrastructure spending that could help middle-class Americans.
Sanders pointed out the American Society of Civil Engineers had ranked the country 13th in the world for infrastructure in 2020.
But Trump had proposed building the country a $20 trillion wall.