Update 9:38 p.m.: Hillary Clinton recast her Democratic presidential campaign as an outsider candidacy by emphasizing her gender.
“I can’t think of anything more than an outsider than electing the first woman president,” Clinton said.
Responding to the suggestion that America doesn’t need another Clinton in the White House, she said “I wouldn’t ask anyone to vote for me based on my last name.”
Update 9:25 p.m.: Bernie Sanders said if elected he would shut down the federal surveillance program on Americans as it exists now.
On whether to prosecute Edward Snowden, Sanders said Snowden broke the law but “played a very important role in educating us” on American surveillance and that “should be taken into consideration” in weighing his punishment.
Update 9:05 p.m.: Responding to criticism from her Democratic rivals, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night acknowledged changing positions.
“Everyone on this stage has changed a position or two,” Clinton said. “I’m not taking a backseat to anybody on my values, my principals or the results I get.”
Update 8:52 p.m.: Bernie Sanders drew the biggest applause of the Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night by saying that he didn’t think the campaign should focus on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
“The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails,” Sanders said. “Enough of the emails. Let’s talk about the real issues facing America!”
Update 8:40 p.m.: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he sought conscientious objector status in the Vietnam era because he opposed the war, but that he is not a pacifist.
“I believe in the bottom of my heart that war should be the last resort,” Sanders said.
Update 8:30 p.m.: Hillary Clinton took jabs from her Democratic presidential rivals Tuesday night over her 2002 vote in favor of military action in Iraq.
“I heard the same evidence … about why we should overthrow Saddam Hussein,” said Bernie Sanders, who voted against military force. “I say without any joy in my heart that much of what I thought would happen about destabilization (in Iraq) did happen.”
Clinton said she took similar criticism from Barack Obama on the debate stage in 2008 but that he trusted her judgment to be secretary state.
Update 8:25 p.m.: Hillary Clinton sparred with Bernie Sanders over gun control in the Democratic debate Tuesday night.
In a lively exchange, Clinton criticized Sanders for voting against the Brady Bill five times and voting for the so-called immunity provision for gun manufacturers.
“We lose 90 people a day to gun violence,” Clinton said. “It’s time the entire country stood up against the NRA.”
Sanders defended his record saying he comes from a rural state, which differs from urban areas when it comes to gun issues, and that he would bring the country together on gun control.
“There is a consensus in this country … that we need to strengthen background checks and get rid of this gun show loophole,” Sanders said.
Update 8:10 p.m.: Bernie Sanders deflected the suggestion that he would have difficulty winning a general election in the Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night by saying he would turn out unprecedented vote.
When pressed by moderator Anderson Cooper, Sanders said he was not a capitalist.
Front-runner Hillary Clinton seized upon that statement, saying she wouldn’t turn her back on the small businesses that have helped America prosper.
Sanders retorted: “What we need to do is support small and medium size businesses … but we have to make sure every family has a fair shake.”
Follow along live with the first 2016 Democratic presidential debate at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Las Vegas. The debate will be televised on CNN. It will feature five candidates: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island. American-Statesman reporters and other political writers and pundits will tweet through the night.