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Sanders gives Clinton a gift

Democratic Presidential Candidates Hold First Debate In Las VegasDemocratic Presidential Candidates Hold First Debate In Las Vegas
Left to right: Democratic presidential candidates Jim Webb, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee Photo by Joe Raedle—Getty Images

If you missed last night’s spirited Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders played foil to Hillary Clinton, in a way that we think works to her advantage.

First, when debate moderator Anderson Cooper asked whether Sanders believes in capitalism, he responded:

“Do I consider myself part of the casino capitalist process by which so few have so much and so many have so little, by which Wall Street’s greed and recklessness wrecked this economy? No I don’t. I believe in a society where all people do well, not just a handful of billionaires.”

That teed up Hillary for her response:

“When I think about capitalism, I think about all the small businesses that were started because we have the opportunity and the freedom in our country for people to do that and to make a good living for themselves and their families. And I don’t think we should confuse (that with) what we have to do every so often in America, which is save capitalism from itself.”

Second, when questioning turned to the lost emails on Clinton’s server, Sanders jumped in to defend his rival. “Enough of the emails,” he said. “Lets talk about the real issues facing America.” Clinton, beaming, thanked him, and shook his hand.

Separately, I spoke with IBM CEO Ginni Rometty at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women summit in Washington yesterday about the transition from the “digital era” to the “cognitive era,” characterized by computer systems “that can understand, that can reason, that can learn.” You can see the five ways she thinks that will transform business models here.

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