Twitter said the “top tweeted” moment of the debate was Clinton and Sanders discussing the fight for $15.
“If a Democratic Congress put a $15 minimum wage bill on your desk, would you sign it?” Wolf Blitzer asked.
“Of course I would,” Clinton said to great applause. “I have supported the fight for $15 … But what I have also said is that we’ve got to be smart about it, just the way Gov. Cuomo was here in New York. If you look at it, we moved more quickly to $15 in New York City, more deliberately toward $12, $12.50 upstate then to $15. That is exactly my position. It’s a model for the nation and that’s what I will do as president.”
Second place went to the discussion of the two candidates’ respective climate change plans.
“Are you in favor of a tax on carbon so that we can transit away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy at the level and speed we need to do?” Sanders asked his opponent.
Clinton used her reply to call for the Senate to act on President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court — a major Democratic rallying cry — and slight Sanders on what she views as his pie-in-the-sky environmental plans.
“I have laid out a set of actions that build on what President Obama was able to accomplish, building on the clean power plan, which is currently under attack by fossil fuels and the right in the Supreme Court, which is one of the reasons why we need to get the Supreme Court justice that President Obama has nominated to be confirmed so that we can actually continue to make progress,” she said. “I don’t take a back seat to your legislation that you’ve introduced that you haven’t been able to get passed. I want to do what we can do to actually make progress in dealing with the crisis.”
The third-place “top tweeted” moment was Clinton’s passionate defense of the right to choose.
“There is no doubt that the only people I would ever appoint to the Supreme Court are people who believe that Roe v. Wade is settled law and Citizens United needs to be overturned,” she said in response to a question about the Garland nomination.
Clinton then offered her take on the #AskAboutAbortion controversy.
“We’ve had eight debates before,” she said. “… We’ve not had one question about a woman’s right to make her own decisions about reproductive health care. Not one question.”
The crowd began applauding — and was not quick to stop.
“We have states, governors, doing everything they can to restrict women’s rights,” Clinton added. “We have a presidential candidate by the name of Donald Trump saying that women should be punished, and we are never asked about this. … Sen. Sanders said with respect to Trump, it was a distraction. I don’t think it’s a distraction. It goes to the heart of who we are as women — our rights, our autonomy, our ability to make our own decisions. And we need to be talking about that and defending Planned Parenthood.”
At the end of the night, Twitter concluded that Clinton had edged out Sanders on the platform. Her “final share of the #DemDebate Twitter conversation” was 53 percent; Sanders walked away with 47 percent.
Twitter also measured “largest follower growth” during the debate for all candidates — Democratic and Republican. Sanders came in first — but, with just 2 million followers, is far behind Clinton, who has 6 million. Donald Trump came in second, and Clinton came in third.