Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders took the stage Thursday night in town hall-style, question-and-answer sessions to be moderated by NBC News' Chuck Todd and MSNBC anchor Jose Diaz-Balart.
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Clinton: I Raised Women's Rights With 'Chauvinists' and 'Misogynists'
Hillary Clinton said that when she was secretary of state, she discussed women's rights in every country she visited. She said she raised the issue with "dictators" and "chauvinists" and "misogynists."
"It will be a huge issue for me" as president, she said.
"Human rights always has to be at the center of who we are as a nation," she added.
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Clinton on Unions: I'm Not Just Showing Up For Election Time
Asked whether Clinton will propose the right of workers to unionize in their workplace, the candidate responded: "The answer is yes."
"That's why all the unions have endorsed me," she added. "I've always been a champion. I've always been there for them. They know I'm on their side -- I'm not just showing up for election time."
Clinton to Young Voter: Here's Why You Should Support Me
Hillary Clinton ticked off a long list of policy proposals -- from job creation to equal pay -- in response to a college senior who asked the former secretary of state why she should support her campaign.
The student told Clinton that young people are wary of electing a career politician, but Clinton pointed out that Sanders has actually held elected office longer than she has.
Asked by Chuck Todd about why some voters don't trust her, Clinton said she is "focused on delivering results for people." Clinton said her record shows that she has been dedicated to helping people.
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Clinton Says She Won't Raise Retirement Age
"I will not do that," the candidate said. "That is ruled out for me."
Clinton said that those who draw social security for the longest time are people who have worked hard for years -- and often those who are broken down by physical or repetitive labor. "Their lifespan is much lower than people like you or me," she said. Raising the retirement would limit those people from social security, she said.
Clinton: I Evolved on Same-Sex Marriage
Hillary Clinton said that she has evolved on the issue of marriage equality, "like many Americans."
A questioner in the audience said it broke his heart that Clinton said she believed marriage was between a man and a woman.
Clinton noted that she has received the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign in highlighting her commitment to LGBT rights. Clinton pushed back on Bernie Sanders' claim that she received the endorsement because the group is part of the establishment. The Human Rights Campaign "fight(s) against the establishment" every day, she said.
The questioner addressed same-sex marriage as part of a question about releasing transcripts of speeches the former secretary of state made before Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs.
Clinton: I'll Release Transcripts When Everyone Else Does
Asked by a Sanders supporter if Hillary Clinton would release transcripts or audio recorders of her speeches to financial institutions, Clinton said she would be happy to, when everyone else does the same.
"I was a candidate who went to wall street before the crash," she said. "I went to them and said you are wrecking our economy. I now have the most effective and comprehensive plan to deal with the threat that wall street poses."
The questioner responded: "Please just release those transcripts so we know exactly where you stand."
Clinton Will Make Immigration a 'Big Political Issue'
Hillary Clinton said she would build upon President Obama's executive actions to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation.
"I will go further if it's at all legally possible. I will make this a big political issue," Clinton said.
Clinton said she hopes that if Democrats retake the Senate and win the White House again, "Republicans will see the error of their ways" and "stop using immigrants to divide the country."
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Clinton on Apple: Hard Choices
Asked about Apple fighting a court order to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, Hillary Clinton said this is "one of the most difficult dilemmas."
"I see both sides," Clinton said. "I think most citizens see both sides. This is why you need people in office who can try to bring folks together to find common ground."
Clinton: Senate Should Follow Process on Supreme Court Nominee
Hillary Clinton said the Republican-controlled Senate should go through the process of considering a Supreme Court nominee in the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia's death.
Asked whether she regrets supporting a filibuster of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito when he was a nominee, Clinton said the situation was different than what Republicans are proposing now -- not even holding a vote on a potential nominee.
"What the Republicans are saying is we don't want the president to send us a nominee. I think that is very different."
The president has a "right and an obligation" to send a nominee to the Senate, and the chamber has an "obligation to decide whether to approve or not," Clinton added.
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How Sanders Would Stop the Destruction of 'Mother Earth'
Question from the audience: How would you ensure that our public monuments stay in public hands and stop corporations from destroying mother Earth?
Sanders answers in three parts:
1. It is a "disgrace," he said. "I don't have to explain to you the outrageous way -- the unfair way -- governments have treated Native Americans from day 1."
2. "I believe that climate change is one of the great challenges facing this planet," said, added, "We will not extract fossil fuels from any public lands."
3. Work with Native American communities to preserve their heritage and their way of life.
Sanders Explains His Idea of Democratic Socialism
MSNBC's Jose Diaz-Balart said when some Latinos hear the words "Democratic socialism," they think of the authoritarian regimes of Cuba and Venezuela. Diaz-Balart asked Sanders to explain to those who fled those regimes his definition of the term.
Sanders said by "Democratic socialism," he means programs like Social Security and universal health care. He said he looks toward Denmark and Sweden as examples, not Venezuela and Cuba.
"When I talk about Democratic socialism, what I mean is moving away from where we are right now," Sanders said.
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Sanders on Islamophobia: I Will Address it 'Bluntly and Directly'
Asked how Sanders would address Islamophobia by a Muslim-American physician in the audience who says he worries about his children's safety, the candidate responded: "Bluntly and directly."
"People can disagree about immigration and immigration reform," he said. "But it is absolutely unacceptable to me that in the year 2016 we have people like Donald Trump and others trying to gain votes by scapegoating people who may be Muslims or people who may be Latinos."
Sanders added that he is "appalled" that people would call Obama an illegitimate president because his father was born in Kenya."No one asked me if I was a citizen or not and my dad came from Poland," Sanders said. "Gee, what's the difference? Maybe the color of my skin."
Bernie Sanders Defends Work for Veterans
Bernie Sanders said he will "apologize to nobody" for his work on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Asked about his suggestion that the Koch brothers were ginning up a scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Sanders said that some conservatives do want to privatize the VA. Sanders said he agrees with veterans advocate groups that "that is a pretty bad idea, because veterans have their own special health care needs based on their service to this country."
Sanders said he and his colleagues on the Veteran Affairs Committee made "significant progress" in providing health care and expanding benefits for veterans.
Asked earlier about how he would ensure veterans have access to good jobs, Sanders said the federal government and private sector should prioritize hiring veterans.
"There's a lot to be done, but the bottom line is when people put their lives on the line, we have to protect them in every way we can."