‘Excuse me, I’m talking,’ Bernie Sanders snaps at Hillary Clinton during debate


US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has drawn jeers – and applause – after urging Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to not interrupt him during a recent Democratic debate.

“Excuse me, I’m talking,” Senator Sanders snapped during a tense disagreement about the US government bailout of Wall Street in the dark days of the 2008 financial crisis.

Mrs Clinton, the former secretary of state, who was a US senator in 2008, claimed to have voted to “save the auto industry”.

She then criticised Senator Sanders for opposing the same $US700 billion ($944 billion) plan that supported the banks – which were largely blamed for the crisis.

“If you are talking about the Wall Street bailout where some of your friends destroyed this economy…” Senator Sanders said.

As Mrs Clinton began to speak, he snapped, “Excuse me, I’m talking.”

The audience in Flint, Michigan burst into applause and jeers.

Viewers tweeted that the self-described socialist candidate’s tone would be seen in a poor light by women voters.

But moments before the debate Senator Sanders received the welcome news that he had won his third state, Maine, in the primaries held on Saturday in the US.



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