Face in the News: Hillary Clinton responds to Trump; Chris Christie discusses past allegations

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a town hall meeting at Keota High School, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Keota, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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WASHINGTON (CBS News) - With only three weeks until the Iowa causes we spoke to candidates on both sides of the aisle during this week's broadcast of "Face the Nation." Democratic frontrunner and Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, brushed off attacks made by Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. Clinton, however, attacked fellow Democratic candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) on his gun record and responded to reports from the latest batch of her published emails. On the other side of the aisle we spoke to New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, who responded to allegations from his past.

In the last few weeks, Donald Trump has been focusing his attacks on Bill Clinton's past issues of infidelity. The Republican frontrunner posted an Instagram video showing the former president and Monica Lewinsky together. During this week's broadcast, the former Secretary of State brushed off his comments.

"If he wants to engage in personal attacks from the past, that's his prerogative." Clinton said and added, "He can say whatever he wants to about me. Let the voters judge that. But I am not going to let him or any of the other Republicans rip away the progress that women have made."

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Clinton did, however, aim her attacks at her Democratic presidential rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) about his gun control voting record.

"President Obama and I and Senator Sanders were all in the Senate at the same time. Two of us voted against what the NRA says was the most important piece of legislation in 20 years for the gun lobby. Senator Sanders voted with them, and through this morning has been unwilling to join the president and me in saying that this should be repealed."

In the latest batch of emails released by the State Department, emails surfaced showing that during her time as Secretary of State; she might have asked an aide to send a classified document to her private account. Clinton rejected that claim saying "Obviously, what I'm asking for is whatever can be transmitted."

"The State Department has said, there was no transmission of any classified information. So, it's another effort by people looking for something to throw against the wall," Clinton said.

Our interview with the Democratic frontrunner made news in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, CNN, The Guardian, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Huffington Post, AP, Bloomberg, Mediaite, USA Today, The Hill, Reuters and Politico.

Another presidential candidate making news on this week's broadcast was New Jersey governor, Chris Christie. After Obama's recent Executive Action calling for more background checks, Christie said the president was acting like a "petulant child." Christie, however, was asked to respond to his gun control record, calling it "an evolution that's gone on over time."

"My actions as governor of New Jersey have been exactly where I think they need to be." The New Jersey governor said and added, "When these things involve public safety, I'm for public safety. But if there are laws that are just going to make legislators and governors feel better, they shouldn't be into place and infringe second amendment rights."

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Responding to attacks that were made by his Republican presidential rival, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Christie denied accusations that he had donated to Planned Parenthood. Christie instead stated that he would not waste his time talking about Marco Rubio.

"This is a guy who stood up and really lectured Jeb Bush on the debate stage. 'So someone's told you that by criticizing me, it helps you.' Well, apparently that same someone is now talking to Marco."

Our conversation with Governor Chris Christie was covered by The Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed, NJ.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Hill, The National Journal and Politico.

  • Tim Perry

    CBS News reporter covering the White House.