The MSNBC Democratic debate got frisky last night, as Secretary Hillary Clinton sought to frame Senator Bernie Sander’s challenge of her acceptance of campaign contributions and speaking fees from big corporate donors as unfair, saying “if you have something to say, say it.” The crowd found her comments worthy of being booed, and Senator Sanders certainly said he wanted to say, and got to the meat of the issue. Check out the video clip here:
As you see here, Senator Sanders took the challenge of the Secretary and used it to discuss the issue of money in politics, begging the question, how can elections be truly open without campaign finance reform? The influence of money in politics can be clearly seen, particularly in the first issue the Senator raised, the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999 (under the administration of Secretary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton) which removed safeguards blocking backs from using deposits for investment on Wall Street, which made the Great Recession of 2008-09 possible.
This was one of the most contentious exchanges in a very contentious debate, which is sure to receive a great deal of coverage leading into the New Hampshire primaries on 9 February.
-Eric Scott Pickard is a poet, activist, and artist. He is a journalist with The Fifth Column News and a co-founder of Free Radical Media, and a host of the Free Radical Media podcast.