Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton got a break during Tuesday’s primary debate from the relentless questions about her email scandal, with top rival Sen. Bernie Sanders saying the American people are “sick and tired” of the issue.

The Vermont Independent defended the front-running Clinton after she gave a lengthy response about her use of a private server and email accounts when secretary of state. Clinton again acknowledged making a mistake but said she is “still standing.”

“I think the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails,” said Sanders, after the debate moderator suggested that an FBI probe and recent comments by President Obama make the issue legitimate and nonpartisan.

Sanders, running second in the Democratic polls, argued that Americans are more concerned about “real issues” such as campaign finance reform.

“Thanks, Bernie,” said Clinton as the two shook hands.

Clinton got similar support from challenger and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

“Now that we're finally having debates … we don't have to be defined by the email scandal,” he said. “We can talk about affordable college, making college debt free and all the issues.”

Clinton added, “Tonight I want to talk not about my emails but what people want from the next president of the United States.”