DEVELOPING: – Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battle Monday in a Fox News Channel town hall event in Michigan over the key issue of the auto bailout, while Clinton defended her efforts to end a dictatorship in Libya.
Clinton stood by her decision as secretary of state, as part of the Obama administration, to remove Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi but said she is deeply regretful about the aftermath — largely a state of lawlessness in which the Islamic State has flourished.
“If we had not made that intervention, it would be Syria,” the front-running Clinton said.
She argued that the United States and allies saw more turmoil in “leaving a dictator in place” like Russia has done with Syrian leader Bashar al Assad.
The candidates also resumed their fight at the event in Flint, Mich., about who did or didn’t vote in Congress to bailout the state’s much-relied-upon auto industry.
“What I did not vote for was the bail out of Wall Street. She did,” Sanders said, referring to Clinton’s time as a New York senator.
The candidates will go head to head Tuesday in the Michigan primary.
Earlier in the event, Sanders hammered his message of economic equality and prosperity, saying “no one in this race has talked more about poverty than I have.”
“I don’t believe in tax breaks to … corporations,” the Vermont senator said to audience applause. “What I do believe is we have to put more money in the hands of working families. And how do you do that? By increasing wages.”
He also repeated his calls for helping the roughly 29 million Americans without health care, arguing the problems is in part the result of pharmaceutical companies “ripping off” the country.