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WATCH: Hillary Clinton Accuses Bernie Sanders of Being a Tool of the NRA

Hillary Clinton’s desperation became abundantly clear during Sunday night’s Democratic debate.

As she attacked Bernie Sanders on every major issue, the Vermont senator blasted back, exposing Clinton for the ruse that she is.

She targeted Sanders for being a drone of the NRA, something that is ridiculous given his D- rating on issues involving them.

“He voted to let guns go on Amtrak (trains), guns go into national parks. He voted against doing research to figure out how we can save lives. Let’s not forget what this is about: 90 people a day die of gun violence in our country,” Clinton said.

Raw Story reports:

Sanders, a self-styled democratic socialist from Vermont, defended himself, saying he has a strong record on trying to prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands and standing up against the powerful NRA.

“I think Secretary Clinton knows what she says is very disingenuous,” said Sanders.

He also said he believed he would be able to win over African-American voters, noting that when his presidential campaign began, Clinton was 50 percentage points ahead of him in the polls.

“Guess what: In Iowa, New Hampshire, the race is very, very close,” he said.

The leading Democratic contenders have stepped up their attacks on each other during the past week, battling over guns, healthcare and Wall Street with growing intensity as polls showed Sanders gaining ground on Clinton in key states.

Clinton and Sanders were joined by former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who lags badly in polls, in what was the fourth debate between the Democratic contenders.

Sanders has pulled into a statistical tie with Clinton in recent polls in Iowa, which holds the first contest on Feb. 1 in the race to pick a nominee for the November election. He also leads Clinton in the next state to vote, New Hampshire, on Feb. 9, according to polls.

Hours before the debate, Sanders answered Clinton’s demand to explain funding for his healthcare plan, proposing a “Medicare-for-all” system funded by a 2.2 percent “premium” on individuals and a 6.2 percent payroll tax paid by employers.

The plan also includes a new estate tax on the wealthiest Americans and changes in the tax code to make rates more progressive. The top rate, 52 percent, would apply to those making more than $10 million a year.

“Senator Sanders has been changing a lot of positions in the last 24 hours because when his plans and record come under scrutiny, their very real flaws get exposed,” Clinton said in a statement responding to the plan.

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