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Sanders Uses First Debate To Promote Record Of Fighting Wall Street

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Sen. Bernie Sanders Sen. Bernie Sanders

Though political analysts are still bickering over who won the debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders elicited applause and cheers when he declared, "Wall Street regulates Congress," not the other way around.

Sanders criticized rival Hillary Clinton for not going after the financial industry, the Huffington Post reports.

“I represented Wall Street when I was a senator from New York," Clinton said. "I went to Wall Street and said, 'Cut it out.’"

"Congress doesn't regulate Wall Street; Wall Street regulates Congress,” Sanders said. “Saying, ‘Please do the right thing,’ is kind of naive.”

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Sanders has advocated for breaking up big banks into smaller institutions, and Clinton has campaigned on promises of improving regulation of existing financial institutions. 

When asked which enemy they were most proud of, Sanders was the only candidate to mention the finance sector, according to Quartz.

“As someone who has taken on probably every special interest that there is in Washington, I would lump Wall Street and the pharmaceutical industry at the top of my list of people who do not like me,” he said.

Clinton answered, “Well, in addition to the NRA, the health insurance companies, the drug companies … the Iranians … probably the Republicans.”

Sources: Quartz, The Huffington Post / Photo credit: Nick Solari/Flickr