All eyes focused on the performance of Hillary Clinton and the man making waves, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, at the first Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas.
His rallies have been well attended providing an unexpected challenge to the former first lady.
Gun laws proved to be one of the debates more divisive issues:
CNN anchorman Anderson Cooper posed the question to Hillary Clinton:
“Secretary Clinton, is Bernie Sanders tough enough on guns?”
Clinton was forthright with her response: “No, not at all. I think that we have to look at the fact that we lose 90 people a day from gun violence. This has gone on too long and it’s time the entire country stood up against the NRA.”
Bernie Sanders got back at the former secretary of state for backing the Iraq War:“And I will do everything that I can to make sure the United States does not get involved in another quagmire like we did in Iraq, the worst foreign policy blunder in the history of this country.”
The other three candidates found it difficult to get a look in, but Martin O’Malley managed a dig at Clinton for her support for a no-fly zone over Syria.
“I believe a no fly zone in Syria at this time, actually Secretary would be a mistake.”
The Democratic debate is up and running with Iowa the first state to choose its candidate.
Both parties will have a presidential nominee in place by next summer.