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Clinton, Sanders prepare to face off in Flori... 01:54

10:59 p.m. And that's a wrap for the eighth Democratic debate. Moderator Ramos ends the debate with a call for Latino voters to turn out in next Tuesday's contests across the country, including in Florida.

10:57 p.m. With just a few minutes to go, we've moved on to closing statements.

Clinton thanked the moderators for a "lively debate," and said she would do everything she could to unify the country. "I will find common ground, just as I have as First Lady, Senator and secretary of State," she said.

Sanders began by saying that many of the most important questions facing the future of the country were not asked during the debate, including questions about the distribution of wealth and new income going to the top 1 percent of earners. "Is that democracy or is that oligarchy?" he asked.

10:50 p.m. Clinton got a question about the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last month, in which she was asked what her qualifications would be for filling that vacancy.

She said she'd look for potential nominees who are "not only qualified on paper but have a heart, have life experiences, as well as "understand what these decisions mean in the lives of Americans."

Clinton also said she would pick someone who believes Roe v. Wade is "settled law" and that the Citizens United decision "needs to be overturned as quickly as possible."

10:42 p.m. Since the debate is Miami, a city with a substantial Cuban-American population, next up is a question about the Obama administration's policy toward Cuba.

Clinton noted she "supported the president's moves" toward normalizing relations with Cuba, and said she thinks it's appropriate for Obama to meet with Cuban dissidents when he visits Cuba later this year. Asked if Raul Castro is a dictator, Clinton said "both Castros have to be considered authoritarian and dictatorial because they are not freely chosen by the people who are in Cuba."

Sanders, too, said he's pleased by the developments and supports the administration's actions. "I think at the end of the day it will be a good thing for Cuban people," he said.

10:26 p.m. As Sanders spoke about his spending plans on college tuition and health care, Clinton called him out on questions about how he would pay for those programs.

"A lot of the answers say that, you know, this is going to be much more expensive than anything Sen. Sanders is admitting to," she said. "My dad used to say, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is."

10:23 p.m. The discussion now turned to education, where Clinton and Sanders are largely on the same page when it comes to debt-free college and student loan reform.

Asked by a student at Miami Dade College how she would help her pay for her undergraduate and graduate education, Clinton said she will work to reform the student loan system so young people with existing debt can refinance for better interest rates. "Forty million Americans have student debt," she said.

"I think I said it many months before she said it but thanks for copying a good idea," Sanders quipped.

10:07 p.m. As we begin the second hour, moderator Ramos brought up a topic that doesn't often come up in Democratic debates: the Benghazi attacks that left four Americans dead in 2012.

Asked about why she emailed her daughter Chelsea one thing and public information seemed to say something else, Clinton said she and her team were dealing with constantly changing information.

"I and everybody in the administration ... we were scrambling to get information that was changing literally by the hour," she said. "And when we had information, we made it public--but then sometimes we had to go back and say we have new information that contradicts it."

She brought up her October testimony in front of the Benghazi Committee on Capitol Hill. "I testified for 11 hours. Anybody who watched that and listened to it knows that I answered every question that I was asked and when it was over, the Republicans had to admit: they didn't learn anything," she said.

In his response, Sanders didn't touch Benghazi--but said he was against active regime change in Libya and noted he voted against the Iraq War. "One of the differences between the secretary and I is I'm not so aggressive with regard to regime change," he said.

10:01 p.m. During a discussion about the influence of Wall Street and big money in politics, Clinton referenced a video from the Koch brothers-backed group Freedom Partners this week praising Sanders.

The Koch brothers "stand for things that I find abhorrent," Clinton said, "But they did just put up a little video praising you for being the only Democrat who stood with the Republican to try to eliminate the Export-Import Bank."

Sanders repeated his opposition to the Export-Import Bank, saying it's often referred to as the "bank of Boeing" and that he doesn't support "corporate welfare."

9:59 p.m. The topic of Clinton's paid speeches to Wall Street executives came up as it has in other recent debates, and Sanders called on Clinton to release the transcripts of those speeches.

"When you get paid $225,000, that means that that speech must have been an extraordinarily wonderful speech," he said. "I would think that a speech so great that you got paid so much money for, you would like to share it with the American people."

Does he think Clinton says one thing in public and another to Wall Street executives behind closed doors? "That is exactly what releasing the transcripts will tell us," he said.

9:52 p.m. Tumulty asked Clinton about a recent poll showing a decline in the percentage of American voters who see her as honest and trustworthy.

"Obviously it's painful for me to hear that and I do take responsibility--when you're in public life, even if you believe that it's not an opinion you think is fair or founded, you do have to take responsibility, and I do," she said. "And I also have very much committed to the best of my ability, my energies and efforts to helping people."

Clinton added that politics don't come as easily to her as they do to some others. "I am not a natural politician, in case you haven't noticed, like my husband or President Obama," she said. "So I have a view that I have to just do the best I can, get the results I can ... and hope that people see that I am fighting for them."

9:43 p.m. Clinton made reference to legislation Sanders supported when he was in the U.S. House, which included support for the militia known as the Minutemen Project.

Sanders hit back, saying Clinton was being "unfair" and obscuring his record and cherry-picking small provisions out of large pieces of legislation. "Madam Secretary, I will match my record against yours any day of the week," he said.

9:39 p.m. After the first commercial break, Ramos asked both candidates whether they could make a promise not to deport children.

Clinton referred back to an interview she did with Ramos earlier in the campaign, saying the difference between her answer then and her answer now is that then she was talking about children seeking asylum in the U.S. As for those who are already in the country, she said, "I would not deport children, I do not want to deport family members either." She said she would prioritize deporting violent criminals and terrorists, adding that her position on this varies from the Obama administration.

Sanders said he didn't believe Clinton "fully answered the question," then promised not to deport children. "I will not deport children," he said. "I can make that promise."

9:31 p.m. Sanders's next line of attack on immigration is about driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.

"Sec. Clinton prevailed upon the governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, who wanted to do the right thing and provide driver's licenses to those who were undocumented," he said. "She said, 'Don't do it,' and New York state still does not do it."

9:29 p.m. We're not even half an hour into the Democratic debate and things are getting heated over what's expected to be the topic of the night: immigration.

Sanders was asked about his opposition to a 2007 immigration reform bill, specifically comments he'd made about the guest worker program. He said of the workers in question: "they were cheated, they were abused, they were humiliated ... of course that type of effort leads to a race to the bottom for all of our people." He said he supported the 2013 immigration reform bill, and that as president he would use the office's executive powers to expand upon President Obama's immigration actions.

In her response, Clinton criticized Sanders for his vote on that bill, saying she and many others backed it at the time.

"I think it's very hard to make the case that Ted Kennedy, Barack Obama, me, [The National Council of] La Raza ... leaders of the Latino community would have supported a bill that actually promoted modern slavery," she said. "That was one of the many excuses used not to vote for the 2007 bill."

9:24 p.m. Is Trump a racist? That was the question posed to both candidates on stage, and neither answered directly.

Clinton said his rhetoric on Mexican immigrants and other things is "un-American," but that voters can make their own conclusions about Trump.

"If I'm so fortunate enough to be the Democratic nominee, there will be a lot of time to talk about him. I was the first one to call him out," she said. "...People can draw their own conclusions about him but I will just end by saying this: you don't make America great by getting rid of everything that made America great."

Sanders said Americans are "never going to elect a president who insults Mexicans, who insults Muslims, who insults women, who insults African Americans and, let us not forget that several years ago, Trump was in the middle of the so-called 'birther' movement trying to delegitimize the president of the United States of America."

9:16 p.m. The next topic is Clinton's emails. Ramos asked her about emails that have been marked classified, to which Clinton responded the way she has in the past: that it was a mistake to use a private email server, that it was allowed at the time and that she didn't send or receive information deemed classified at the time.

Ramos followed up, asking whether she'd drop out of the race if she is indicted. "Oh, for goodness --it's not going to happen, I'm not even answering that question," she said.

Asked for his thoughts on the topic, Sanders wouldn't bite: "There is a process underway and that process will take its course," he said.

9:13 p.m. First up is a timely question to Clinton: what went wrong in Michigan last night?

Clinton said she was "pleased" with the results last night, noting that overall she netted more delegates than Sanders and stressing that she won Mississippi.

"Well look, I won one of the contests and lost another close one," she said. "I'm continuing to work hard for every single vote across our country. I was pleased that I got 100,000 more votes than my opponent last night and more delegates."

And for Sanders, the first question was: what's your path forward?

Sanders spoke about how far his campaign has come since he announced his candidacy last spring, saying he was "probably 60 to 70 points behind the secretary." He said he'll work to convince superdelegates that he's the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in the fall.

9:10 p.m. The candidates delivered short opening statements to kick things off.

Clinton spoke about talking about how "we knock down the barriers that stand in the way" of Americans, also noting that immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship, would be "one of my priorities in my first 100 days as president."

Sanders spoke as he usually does about the need for an outsider brand of politics. "I'm running for president of the United States because given the crises facing our country, it is just too late for establishment politics and establishment economics," he said.

8:30 p.m. The Democratic candidates are back for their second debate in just four days.

Former secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders face off again Wednesday night at Miami Dade College in Florida, just under a week before the March 15 Florida primary.

After his surprise victory in Michigan Tuesday night, all eyes will be on Sanders to see whether he's able to capitalize off that victory heading into a crucial week of primary voting. In addition to Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri all cast their votes next Tuesday.

Also worth watching is whether any new lines of attack emerge from either candidate: in Sunday's debate, which was held in Flint, Mich., Clinton assailed Sanders for voting against the 2008-09 auto bailout, an argument she hadn't used before.

The debate, which is being hosted by The Washington Post and Univision, will be moderated by The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty and Univision's Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos.

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