Dems hit softballs at candidate forum

They weren't kidding when they didn't label the Democratic event in South Carolina a "debate."

As a concession to Democrats who thought their party was holding too few 2016 presidential debates, the DNC approved a candidates' forum in Rock Hill, S.C.

But Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, the three surviving Democratic presidential candidates, never shared the stage until they shook hands with attendees at the end. The three of them were interviewed separately by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who lobbed many softball and a few pointed questions in their direction.

Unlike in the first Democratic debate, Sanders and O'Malley were more willing to criticize Clinton. The Vermont senator chastised Clinton for having a super PAC and big donors rather than walking the walk on campaign finance reform. Both he and O'Malley suggested Clinton took too long to come out against the Keystone XL pipeline. O'Malley even took an implicit shot at Hillary for having been a Goldwater girl in high school.

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