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Democratic presidential candidates lay out differences in debate

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CHARLESTON, SC -

The national Democratic debate gave candidates another opportunity to make their platforms known, and they went all in. Democratic Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’ Malley debated in downtown Charleston at the Gaillard Center.

"I do think you're going to see some fireworks, I think you're going to see them mix it up a lot because this is the last debate before the first ballot is cast in Iowa," say the Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, Jaime Harrison.

Sparks flew between front runners Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at the Democratic Debate.

"What the Secretary neglected to mention, not just the 29 million still have no heath insurance, even more are under insured," says Sanders.

"I have to say I'm not sure if we're talking about the plan you just introduced tonight or we're talking about the plan you introduced nine times in congress," says Clinton.

Martin O'Malley was looking to gain more ground throughout the night.

"Instead of attacking each other on health care we should be talking about the things that were actually working in our state, we have moved to an all payer system," says O' Malley as he fought for time to speak throughout the debate.

"I think that the equal time debates are actually a good idea and it's a shame that as a nation we've kind of kicked those to the curb," says O'Malley.

The candidates were all about making their differences known before voters cast their ballots. They all weighed in on gun control, an area where Sanders recently changed his position. He now looks to support stronger provisions, more in line with the other candidates.

"They have made it clear based on Senator Sanders' own record that he has voted with the NRA, with the gun lobby numerous times," says Clinton.

Sanders says, "I have a D minus record on the NRA."

O'Malley went on to say, "they've both been inconsistent."

All the candidates looked to gain favor ahead of the primary. South Carolina voters can participate on February 27. 

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