For the rest of the night though they might have been close on an issue there were still enough differences to allow conflict. Which at this point in the game they both welcome.
In fact there were a few times when I feared that the whole thing would devolve into something similar to the childish antics offered by the GOP debates.
But fortunately they never quite went there.ICYMI: Listen in to CNN's #DemDebate in Flint, Michigan https://t.co/J6E8LaFmDl pic.twitter.com/u2E2se5UZi— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 7, 2016
Anderson Cooper is seemed was forever telling Hillary Clinton that her time was up, and she seemed to be forever ignoring him and finishing her damn answer anyway.
Bernie sandbagged with accusations of being in bed with Walls Street and over her support for "disastrous" trade deals.
For her part Hillary hit Sander hard over his lack of support for the auto bailout and his vote to protect gun manufacturers from lawsuits, which Mother Jones characterizes as derailing the county's best chance to fight back against gun deaths:
More than a decade after its passage, the PLCAA is at the center of a fierce debate over gun control between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. As a senator from New York in 2005, Clinton voted against the PLCAA; Sanders, then in the House of Representatives, voted for it, as he had done for an earlier iteration of the measure that failed in 2003. Recently, Clinton has accused Sanders of bowing to the National Rifle Association on this key piece of legislation. Sanders, who hails from a rural state with lax gun laws, has defended his vote as a way to protect the "small mom-and-pop gun shop" in Vermont from frivolous lawsuits.
But Sanders' argument obfuscates the true impact of his vote—namely, that the lawsuits he helped derail once represented the most viable effort in decades to stem the flow of guns onto the black market.
All in all it was a rather aggressive debate, probably made even more so by the fact that Sanders won the Maine primary right as the debate started in Michigan.
Right now, not counting super delegates, Hillary has 673 delegates to Bernie's 470.
Though I do not see a clear path for Sanders to win this nomination I also do not see him leaving the race anytime soon.
In other words, if I may borrow a line from the great Bette Davis, “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”