Democratic debate: Candidates target Trump; Bernie Sanders apologizes to Hillary Clinton

Posted at 9:13 PM, Dec 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-19 23:13:35-05

(CNN) — All three Democratic presidential candidates — front-runner Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley — focused significant time attacking Donald Trump at a debate in New Hampshire.

Clinton called the Republican front-runner “ISIS’ best recruiter” and Sanders said Trump wants lower wages for the bottom socio-economic class.

O’Malley said that the United States “must never surrender our American values to racists, must never surrender them to the fascist pleas of billionaires with big mouths.”

Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders also apologized Saturday night to Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton for his campaign aides gaining unauthorized access to Clinton’s proprietary voter files, but he denied that his campaign had actively tried to steal them.

“Not only do I apologize to Secretary Clinton, I want to apologize to my supporters,” Sanders said at a presidential debate hosted by ABC News.

Sanders added that the incident is not reflective of a campaign he wants to run. Clinton said she accepted the apology, and Sanders vowed to fire anyone else working in his campaign who behaved inappropriately regarding the use of Clinton’s data.