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Sanders: I Am Very Proud to Be Jewish, It's an Essential Part of Who I Am

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Sanders on his Jewish faith: I am very proud to be JewishCredit: CNN
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Clinton: I pray on a regular basis

Hillary Clinton says she prays on a pretty regular basis throughout the day because she needs God's strength and support.

An undecided voter asked the candidates about their faith in Sunday night's Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Michigan.

Sanders, asked if God is relevant, says all religions hold dear the premise that people should treat others like they want to be treated. He says "we are in this together."

Clinton, asked whom she prays for, says she is a "praying person" and prays for people she knows and those going through tough times. She says "I need that strength and I need that support," especially when her husband was president.

Sanders: I am very proud to be Jewish

Bernie Sanders has faced criticism for playing down his Judaism, but gave an unequivocal response when asked about his faith in Sunday's debate:

"I am very proud to be Jewish and being Jewish so much of what I am. Look, my father's family was wiped out by Hitler in the Holocaust. I know about what crazy, radical and extremist politics mean. I learned that lesson as a tiny child when my mother would take me shopping and we would saw people working in stores with number so on their arms because they were in Hitler's concentration camps. I am very proud of being Jewish, it is an essential part of who I am as a human being."

Sanders on his Jewish faith: I am very proud to be JewishCredit: CNN

Sanders was also asked if God is relevant, to which he responds "Yes."

"Do unto others what you want done unto you," is the key to all religions, from Christianity to Islam, Sanders says, citing the moral need to address issues like the water crisis in Flint or the dire state of veterans.  

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., argues a point during a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Michigan-Flint, Sunday, March 6, 2016Credit: AP

Clinton 'looking forward' to confronting Trump

Hillary Clinton was asked about Donald Trump's vow to address the scandal regarding her private email account, to which she responded that she was "looking forward" to confronting the Republican frontrunner.

Theres only one candidate in either party who has more votes than him, and thats me, Clinton said according to a CNN transcript. Im building a broad, diverse coalition across our country.

I think that Donald Trumps bigotry, his bullying, his bluster are not going to wear well on the American people and so I will look forward to engaging him because, you know, I dont think we need to America great again, America didnt stop being great. We have to make America whole again.

Sanders, who was called a communist by Trump, said that he stood the best chance at beating Trump, according to polls: Sanders vs. Trump does a lot better than Clinton vs. Trump, he said, adding that his "campaign is generating a lot of excitement.

Clinton defends teachers' unions endorsements

Hillary Clinton says people often "blamed and scapegoated teachers" for education shortfalls, but that poor funding is more to blame for under-performing schools than the unions.

Clinton was asked at Sunday's Democratic presidential debate whether unions protect bad teachers. The former secretary of state has been endorsed by both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers.

Clinton says she has told her friends at the top of both unions to "take a look at this" and if there is "anything that could be changed, I want them to look at potential improvements."

Sanders: GOP debates proof that U.S. should invest in mental health

Bernie Sanders has gotten laughs and cheers for addressing the recent Republican debates.

Speaking at the Democratic presidential debates Sunday, he said that both he and Hillary Clinton will "invest a lot in mental health" if either wins the White House.

Sanders adds emphatically, "and when you watch the Republican debates, you know why" the nation needs to invest in mental health.

Clinton, Sanders criticize President Clinton's crime bill

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are criticizing former President Bill Clinton's 1994 crime bill.

The Democratic presidential candidates were asked about the legislation during a debate in Flint, Michigan Sunday night. Critics argue that the bill has ushered in an era of mass incarceration.

Clinton noted that Sanders had voted for the bill and said she agreed with recent comments from former President Bill Clinton that "it solved some problems but it created other problems."

Sanders said the bill had both pros and cons, but that his comments raising concerns at the time reflected that he "was a congressman who was torn."

Gun control debate sees Sanders, Clinton argue about voting record

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are tussling over whether gun manufacturers should have legal liability when their weapons are used in crimes.

Clinton said in Sunday's Democratic presidential debate that giving immunity to gun makers and sellers "was a terrible mistake" and notes that she and Sanders were on opposing sides of the debate.

Sanders said his support for the 2005 law was in part an effort to protect small gun shops in his home state of Vermont. He says during the debate that Clinton's approach could amount to "ending gun manufacturing in America."

Clinton is bringing up the Sandy Hook massacre and tells Sanders, "you talk about corporate greed. The gun manufacturers sell guns to make as much money as they can."

Clinton blasts Sanders for opposing auto industry bailout

Hillary Clinton is arguing that Bernie Sanders opposed the bailout of the auto industry.

During a Democratic debate in Flint Sunday night, Clinton said she voted to save the auto industry, while Sanders, she said, "voted against the money" that saved the auto industry.

Sanders said that Clinton was talking about the Wall Street bailout package, through which "some of your friends destroyed this economy." Clinton tried to rebuttal but Sanders uncharacteristically snapped back: "Excuse me, I'm talking."

Clinton replied: "If you're going to talk, tell the whole story."

Clinton later called the vote a hard but necessary choice, saying that "If everybody had voted the way he did, I believe the auto industry would have collapsed taking 4 million jobs with it."

Sanders calls on Clinton to release paid speeches' transcripts

Bernie Sanders called on Hillary Clinton to release transcripts from speeches she gave to Wall Street firms, for which she reportedly received hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Ill be happy to release anything I have as long as everyone else is, too, she said according to a CNN transcript. Because what is behind that question, Republicans and Democrats, is will I be able to stand up to Wall Street? Well lets have some facts instead of rhetoric for a change.

 I went to Wall Street and spoke to them very sternly! she said, without elaborating.

Clinton, Sanders exchange barbs: Excuse me, Im talking

Clinton and Sanders exchanged barbs over trade, with Sanders saying I am very glad Secretary Clinton has found religion on this issue, after she voiced criticism for companies taking jobs overseas. "But its a little bit too late.

Clinton retorted that by telling the audience "something Sen. Sanders was against. He was against the auto bailout I voted to save the auto industry. He voted against the money that ended up saving the auto industry. That is a big difference.

To which Sanders replied: If you are talking about the Wall Street bailout by some of your friends that ruined this economy, he said, shutting Clinton's attempt to interject with a thundering: Excuse me, Im talking.

Did I vote against the Wall Street bailout? You know what I said? I said let the billionaires themselves bail out Wall Street, Sanders said.

Clinton, Sanders vow to work to address lead issue

According to CNN, a resident of Flint resident asked both Sanders and Clinton whether they would order the removal of all lead from U.S. water systems in their first 100 days in office.

Though neither directly committed, both said they would deal with the issue, CNN reported.

I will make a personal promise to you the EPA will make sure every water system is tested and the people know the quality of the water they are drinking and a plan is in place to make water safe for drinking, Sanders was quoted by CNN as saying, to which Clinton said she absolutely agree(d)."

I want to go further, though, CNN had her saying: "I want us to have an absolute commitment to getting rid of lead wherever it is. 

"I will be with Flint all the way through this crisis," she said.

Sanders wins Maine caucuses

Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic presidential caucuses in Maine, beating rival Hillary Clinton for his eighth win in the nomination process.

Sanders' win in Maine will give him more delegates than Hillary Clinton for the night. But it won't have much impact on Clinton's substantial lead overall.

With 25 Maine delegates at stake, Sanders is assured of winning at least 14 while Clinton stands to gain at least six.

He can now lay claim to winning eight of the 19 states that voted in primaries or caucuses to date, having prevailed in Maine, Kansas and Nebraska over the weekend.

But Sanders is making little headway in delegates after Clinton's large margin of victory in Louisiana on Saturday.

For the weekend, out of 134 delegates at stake, Sanders will win at least 66 and Clinton at least 63. Five delegates remain to be allocated in Maine.

Clinton, Sanders agree: Michigan governor should resign

Bernie Sanders opens with addressing the crisis in Flint and says that learning about the situation literally shattered me and it was beyond belief that children are being poisoned. That is clearly not what this country should be about, CNN reported.

I believe the governor of this state should understand that his dereliction of duty was irresponsible, he should resign, he said. But more importantly, what is happening in Flint to a lesser degree is happening throughout this country.

Clinton responds by saying: "Amen to that.

I agree, the governor should resign or be recalled, she said, a new call for her. 
But that is not enough, we must focus on what should be done for people of Flint, CNN reported her as saying.

Minimum wage activists rally outside debate in Flint

Workers advocating for a higher minimum wage are demonstrating outside the Democratic debate venue in Flint, Michigan.

Roughly 100 people from the Fight for 15 — fast food workers seeking a $15 per hour minimum wage — gathered Sunday near the Flint Cultural Center, chanting: "What do we want? Fifteen! When do we want it? Now!"

Kendall Fells, the national organizing director for the group, said the activists were from the Detroit and Flint chapters of the organization. The group has protested at all the Democratic and Republican debates calling for the right to form a union, boost the minimum wage to fifteen dollars-an-hour and achieve racial equality.

Tyrone Stitt, 43, of Flint, said he has been working at Taco Bell for 18 years and makes $8.50 an hour, which he says is not "enough to survive."

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