Tamil Diplomat

US Democratic debate: Sanders apologises to Clinton over data breach

Bernie Sanders has apologised to fellow US Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after his staff stole valuable voting data from her campaign. “This is not the type of campaign that we run,” he said during a TV debate. The candidates criticised Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for his call to ban Muslims from entering the US.

But they clashed over Syria, with Mr Sanders accusing Ms Clinton of being set on regime change while she said US leadership was needed. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley also took part in the debate in Manchester, New Hampshire. But the former secretary of state remains the frontrunner.

On Syria, she insisted that the US should seek to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power. “If the US does not lead, there is not another leader – there is a vacuum,” she said. Mr Saunders however argued that the US should first concentrate on defeating so-called Islamic State (IS). “Getting rid of dictators is easy, but you have to think about what happens the day after,” he said .(BBC News, 2015)