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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders spar on capitalism in first debate

October 13, 2015

By Tessa Berenson/TIME

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders engaged in their first direct face-off during the Democratic debate on Tuesday after Sanders was asked if he identifies as a capitalist.

“Do I consider myself part of the casino capitalist process by which so few have so much and so many have so little?” he responded. “By which Wall Street greed and recklessness wrecked this economy? No I don’t.” He then said he admired the economies of Sweden and Denmark.

Clinton jumped in, saying: “When I think about capitalism I think about all the business that were started because we have the opportunity and the freedom to do just that.” She praised the opportunity and strong middle class afforded by the American capitalist system.

“We are not Denmark,” she said. “I love Denmark. We are the United States of America.”

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