Joining the candidates on stage were NewsHour co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, the first all-female-duo to moderate a televised presidential debate.
This debate is an important one, seeing as it directly follows the New Hampshire primary, where Sen. Sanders won by a huge margin. This debate, many critics agreed Clinton took the edge.
Here’s what got everyone majorly talking last night.
1. The female-majority on stage.
Great to see two women moderating the #DemDebate. Yes we noticed.
— Wise Latinas Linked (@wiselatinaslink) February 12, 2016
"We've had something like 200 presidential primary debates & this is the 1st time we've had a majority of women on stage." – HRC #DemDebate
— Shelby Knox (@ShelbyKnox) February 12, 2016
— Michele Norris (@michele_norris) February 12, 2016
2. Starting off the debate with references to women’s health:
Weird how when three women are involved in a debate, women's issues get a legit amount of air time… #DemDebate
— Emma Gray (@emmaladyrose) February 12, 2016
Women should not be discriminated against in Social Security for time spent caregiving. This is amazing. #DemDebate
— Erin Matson (@erintothemax) February 12, 2016
If this debate keeps talking about women’s issues – i.e. women’s health care – I would be ok with this.#DemDebate
— Jammy McJamface (@jamrockstar) February 12, 2016
2. HRC’s ideas on deportation:
— Joe Catron (@jncatron) February 12, 2016
Deporting kids to "send a msg" to fams not to send them to the US w/smugglers. As if fams wd do that if they had any alternative. #DemDebate
— Arissa Oh (@arissaoh) February 12, 2016
— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) February 12, 2016
3. The behemoth that is Wall Street:
"A kid with marijuana gets a criminal record, but a wall street executive who destroyed our economy walks free." – Bernie Sanders #DemDebate
— Alexis Isabel (@lexi4prez) February 5, 2016
— Jimmy Dore (@jimmy_dore) February 12, 2016
"Wall Street is an entity of unbelievable economic and political power."
— AJ+ (@ajplus) February 5, 2016
4. The Sanders shade:
"Secretary Clinton, you're not in the white house yet." Bernie throwing shade. #DemDebate
— Alexis Isabel (@lexi4prez) February 12, 2016
— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) February 12, 2016
This is the feistiest Democratic debate I've seen this campaign season. Side eye. Throwing shade. It's got it all. #DemDebate
— Asma Khalid (@asmamk) February 5, 2016
5. When HRC repeatedly tried to accuse Bernie of being anti-Obama:
"One of us ran against Barack Obama. I was not that candidate" Highest shade-to-word ratio of the entire #DemDebate
— Tyler Koteskey (@TKoteskey76) February 12, 2016
Clinton is accusing Sanders of being anti-Obama. Feels fake and contrived to me, and rather nasty.
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) February 12, 2016
— akaGenji (@QuinnDaGhost) February 12, 2016
6. The scathing exchanges regarding Henry Kissinger:
— Malcolm Fleschner (@CultureShlock) February 12, 2016
Hillary Clinton is spending a Democratic debate defending Henry Kissinger.
Let that sink in for a second. Again let it sink in. #DemDebate
— Tory Stephens (@torystephens) February 12, 2016
Shorter Hillary: I'd rather listen to a war criminal on foreign policy than nobody. Uhh, ok. #DemDebate
— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) February 12, 2016
7. The debate did miss a few glaring topics:
— ace ratcliff ♿️ (@MortuaryReport) February 12, 2016
One day, when the candidates talks about race, they'll include Asians & Middle Easterners, too. Not there yet though. #DemDebate
— nora rahimian (@norarahimian) February 12, 2016
So Bern and Hill. I am a black woman who is neither poor or in prison. What do you plan to do for me? *crickets* #DemDebate
— Jennifer O O'Connell (@asthegirlturns) February 12, 2016
8. That being said, it was a relief to finally watch a debate, relatively headache-free:
I don't care who you're supporting – that this is the language they're using is A+ #DemDebate
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) February 12, 2016
— DeniseVasquez (@DENISEVASQUEZ) February 12, 2016
Whomever you support, both candidates are addressing substantive issues with solutions, rather than attempting to sell you fear.#DemDebate
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) February 12, 2016