(CNN) Hillary Clinton embraced President Barack Obama’s political legacy on Sunday, seeking to halt a late surge by rival Bernie Sanders, as fierce clashes over guns, health care and Wall Street ripped through the Democratic presidential debate.
With Sanders threatening to upset Clinton in the first two nominating contests next month, the former secretary of state sought to stall his momentum, puncture his progressive credentials and raise questions about whether the self-declared socialist has the skills and experience to be president.
She used the final debate before voting starts in Iowa and New Hampshire to make a case to faithful supporters of Obama, who some Clinton allies worry might be shifting to Sanders. She’ll need them to build a winning coalition capable of winning the Democratic nomination and mounting a successful race in the general election.
“I am going to defend President Obama for taking on Wall Street, taking on the finance industry and getting results,” Clinton said.