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Hot Topics from the Second Democratic Debate

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The second Democratic Debate has come and gone. Here's a look at the three biggest reveals from the night.

National Security

Clinton made her case early as being the best suited for the title "Commander in Chief," citing her experience as Secretary of State as giving her the ability to coordinate between allies and undermine terrorist organizations. Despite having the most hawkish approach toward violent extremism on the debate stage, Clinton came under fire from her GOP counterparts on Twitter, many of them claiming the former Secretary was not doing enough. 

Rather than disputing Clinton's experience in combating terrorism, Senator Bernie Sanders refocused the conversation to climate change, arguing environmental degradation is the greatest threat to our country's safety. Governor Martin O'Malley questioned Clinton's success record as Secretary of State, pointing out the deteriorating state of affairs in countries like Syria, Libya and Iraq.

Gun Laws

While many of the attacks during the debate focused on Hillary Clinton, Senator Sanders became the target when it came to the subject of gun control. 

Clinton went on the offensive to differentiate herself from Sanders by explaining, "Senator Sanders had a different vote than I did when it came to giving immunity to gun makers and sellers."

 O'Malley called on his experience to indicate his record of fighting back against the gun lobby, arguing, "In my own state, after the children in that Connecticut classroom were gunned down, we passed comprehensive gun safety legislation with background checks, ban on assault weapons, and Senator, I think we do need to repeal that immunity that you granted to the gun industry."

Money in Politics

Bernie Sanders' call for a change in what he calls a "rigged financial system" has been a message he has successfully used to galvanize his strong base of supporters.

During the debate, Sanders held nothing back as he argued: "Wall Street today has enormous economic and political power. Their business model is greed and fraud. And for the sake of our economy, the major banks must be broken up."

Both Clinton and O'Malley have accepted Super PAC donations, something Sanders has adamantly turned down. Making financial reform central to his message, Sanders is separating himself from the other candidates and painting a clearer picture of how his administration would be different from others.