The Latest: Updates from the Democratic debate in New York

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 in the lead up to Tuesday’s New York primary (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

9:55 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she is sorry for the unintended consequences of the 1994 crime bill.

Clinton said during Thursday night’s Democratic debate that the bill had some positive components, like an effort to prevent violence against women.

But she says it also created an environment that led to mass incarcerations. The bill was a signature achievement of her husband’s time in the White House, and she notes that he has also apologized.

Bernie Sanders is standing by recent criticism of Bill Clinton for defending Hillary Clinton’s use of the term “super predators” at the time to describe some criminals.

Sanders says, “it was a racist term, everybody knew it was a racist term.”

Sanders voted in favor of the crime bill and agreed it was a mixed bag. He says the United States has a “broken criminal justice system.”


9:50 p.m.

John Kasich is claiming electability and warning that Republicans could be swept out of power across the nation if the party selects the wrong presidential nominee.

The Ohio governor vowed Thursday that he would “leave Cleveland as the nominee, whether you believe it or not” to a cheering crowd at the New York State GOP gala.

He is touting polls that show him beating Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. And while he is not mentioning GOP rivals Ted Cruz or Donald Trump by name, he says that if the party nominated someone who was running with “a negative message,” that could spell trouble in November.

He says, “We’re going to lose everything from the White House to the courthouse to the state house” if the GOP makes the wrong choice.

Kasich is running a distant third in the delegate race. He warns that “our Senate Majority Leader is going to be the Senate Minority Leader.”


9:44 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she’s not blaming Vermont for gun violence in New York. But she also says most guns used in crimes in New York come from other states that don’t have serious gun control efforts.

Clinton is attacking Bernie Sanders for his record on gun control and his previous support for liability protections for gun manufacturers.

She says Sanders talks frequently about the greed and recklessness of Wall Street. She says she is also concerned about the recklessness and greed of gun manufacturers and dealers.

Sanders says he doesn’t owe the families of victims from the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings an apology. He’s reminding voters of his support years ago for banning certain assault weapons.

Sanders says as a senator from a state with virtually no gun control, he’s best qualified to create a consensus on the issue.


9:40 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she thinks the federal minimum wage should be raised to $12 an hour, but $15 would be even better.

Her stance on raising wages triggered a heated fight and some confusing crosstalk at the New York debate.

Clinton claimed she’s always supported the “fight for $15,” the labor-backed, nationwide campaign to raise the minimum wage.

But she says any increase should be gradual and she supports “setting the goal to get to $12.”

Then she added, “But of course if we have a Democratic Congress, we will go to $15.”

Rival Bernie Sanders pounced on the remarks quickly, saying. “I think the secretary has confused a lot of people.”

Sanders supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.


9:34 p.m.

Donald Trump has delivered an impassioned defense of “New York values,” saying the city embodied the “bravery, heart and soul of America.”

Addressing attendees of the New York State Republican Party’s annual gala Thursday, Trump described families playing in Central Park, restaurants packed with patrons and workers, and a city of “honesty and straight talk.”

Trump largely eschewed politics until the final moments of his speech. He did not mention his opponents by name but did note that he had won the most states and the most votes.

Trump said things “should be wrapped up by Cleveland,” referring to the party’s July convention, where Republicans will select a nominee.


9:30 p.m.

Donald Trump says he may move to the South if he doesn’t do well in next week’s New York Republican primary.

Addressing New York State Republican Party’s annual gala Thursday, Trump said the South has “treated me so well.” He touted his victories in various states, particularly in Florida, which he describes as his second home.

Trump was the first of the three GOP presidential contenders to address the black-tie gala.


9:25 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is continuing to insist she will release transcripts of her paid speeches to Wall Street banks only when other presidential candidates do the same.

During the Democratic debate in Brooklyn, Clinton said that this was a “new” expectation of candidates and we should “set the same standard for everybody.”

Clinton has been attacked on the speeches by Bernie Sanders, who cites them as evidence of her close relationships to the financial sector.

Clinton adds that she has released 30 years of tax returns and called on Sanders and Donald Trump to do the same.

Sanders says he would happily release all his speeches because “there were no speeches.”

On his tax returns, he says he would release his information for 2014 on Friday, calling them “very boring tax returns” because “I remain one of the poor members of the United States Senate.”


9:21 p.m.

Bernie Sanders is struggling to demonstrate how Hillary Clinton was influenced in her policies by donations from Wall Street, as he’s often alleged.

Sanders was asked to name a specific decision Clinton made while serving in the Senate that he believes was influenced by campaign contributions from the nation’s financial services industry.

Sanders says the obvious example is her response to the Great Recession.

Sanders says millions lost their homes because of greed, recklessness and lawbreaking by Wall Street. He says the obvious response was to break up fraudulent operators and says he introduced legislation to accomplish that.

Sanders says Clinton was busy giving high-paid speeches to Goldman Sachs.

Clinton says Sanders can’t come up with an example because there isn’t one. She says it’s important to get the facts straight even if it’s inconvenient.


9:18 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is trying to show Bernie Sanders isn’t the only candidate ready to break up banks.

Clinton says she would order regulators to break up banks if they don’t pass their stress tests or submit adequate “living wills” as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill.

Clinton says she would name regulators who “are tough enough and ready enough to break up” any bank that fails meet the law’s requirements. Clinton says she wants to expand those standards to apply to hedge funds and insurance companies.

Sanders responds that he doesn’t need Dodd-Frank’s guidelines to tell him the banks are too big.

He says, “They are just too big — too much concentration of wealth and power.”


9:15 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is using President Barack Obama as a shield against Bernie Sanders’ attacks on her campaign contributions.

Clinton was booed at Thursday night’s debate when she said Sanders’ attack was an attack on Obama. She says people may not like the answer, but insists Sanders is mounting a “phony attack.”

Clinton says Obama had a super PAC when he ran for president, and took tens of millions of dollars from contributors. She says despite all that, Obama wasn’t influenced by those factors when he signed the Dodd-Frank financial reforms into law.

Clinton says Sanders’ attack is designed to raise questions despite there being no evidence to support his insinuations.


9:12 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is swinging hard at Bernie Sanders in the opening round of the latest Democratic debate.

Clinton is pointing to a recent interview Sanders did with the editorial board of the New York Daily News.

She is noting the “kind of problems” Sanders had answering questions about breaking up big banks and saying he could not answer a number of questions on foreign policy.

Clinton says, “I think you need the judgment on day one to be both president and commander in chief.”

Sanders is pushing back, questioning Clinton’s judgment in supporting the war in Iraq and accepting support from super PACs.

He asks, “Do we really feel confident about a candidate saying she is going to bring change in America when she is so dependent on big money interests?”


9:10 p.m.

Donald Trump is telling attendees at the New York State Republican Party’s annual gala how he helped save the hotel where the gala is being held.

All three Republican presidential candidates are expected to speak at the black-tie gala at a Midtown Manhattan hotel on Thursday night, as the Democratic candidates hold a debate across the East River in Brooklyn.

For the first time in a generation, the New York primary is playing a key role in deciding the nominees of both political parties.

Trump has a decisive lead in the polls ahead of the state’s April 19 primary. He explained how he expanded his father’s business from the outer boroughs into the heart of Manhattan.

He barely mentioned his campaign or political platform at the start of his speech, joking that it’s boring to discuss politics all the time.


9:08 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is pulling out her New York credentials fast.

In her opening statement at Thursday night’s Democratic debate in her home state, Clinton beamed as she noted how happy she was to be in New York. She quickly noted her years as senator representing the state, saying “we faced difficult challenges together.”

Clinton noted the Sept. 11 attacks, her support for first responders and her work trying to bring in jobs from “Buffalo to Albany.”

She says “we worked hard to keep New York values at the center of who we are and what we do together.”


9:05 p.m.

Bernie Sanders says his campaign is doing as well at it is because he’s doing something radical: telling Americans the truth.

Sanders is touting his recent wins in caucuses and primaries in his opening statement of Thursday night’s Democratic debate. He’s pointing out the progress he’s made in preference polls since his campaign started.

Sanders says the U.S. can’t move forward until the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United campaign finance case is overturned. He says the U.S. needs “real campaign reform” to prevent super PACs from buying elections.

Sanders says he’s determined to end a “rigged economy” where the rich get richer and everyone else gets poorer. He says he wants to create an economy that works for everyone and not just the top 1 percent of Americans.


9 p.m.

The final Democratic debate before next week’s New York presidential primary is under way in Brooklyn, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders getting the first opening statement.


8:00 p.m.

Former New York Gov. George Pataki is endorsing John Kasich.

Pataki ended his own brief Republican presidential campaign late last year. He announced his support for the Ohio governor on Thursday night. That’s just five days before New York’s high-stakes presidential primary.

Pataki says Kasich “has a track record of bringing people together.” He warns that Republican front-runner Donald Trump would “drive the Republican Party off the cliff.”

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