The Democratic candidates came together during the ABC News presidential debate to agree to put the data breach scandal behind them as Bernie Sanders apologized to both to Hillary Clinton and his supporters.
David Muir asked Sen. Sanders if Hillary Clinton deserved an apology for the data breach.
Sanders answered, “Yes. I apologize, not only do I apologize to Sec. Clinton, and I hope that we can work together on an independent investigation from day one. I want to apologize to my supporters. This is not the type of campaign that we run, and if I find anybody else involved in this, they will also be fired.
Clinton responded, “I very much appreciate that comment, Bernie. It really is important that we go forward on this. I know that you now have your data back and there has been an agreement for an independent inquiry into what did happen. Obviously, we were distressed when we learned of it because we’ve worked very hard. I said at the very beginning of this campaign that we wanted to reach as many voters as possible. We have tens of thousands of volunteers doing that and entering data all the time to keep up with what people are telling us. Now that I think that we’ve resolved your data, and we’ve agreed on an independent inquiry, we should move on because I don’t think the American people are all that interested in this. I think they are more interested in what we have to say on all of the big issues facing us.
O’Malley said that the American people don’t care about this, and he called the data breach bickering. Sanders agreed with O’Malley and Clinton, and referenced the distraction that was caused by Clinton’s emails and said they ought to focus on the issues that the American people want discussed.
With that exchange, Republican hopes of Democratic turmoil went down the drain. Democrats are unified again, and the candidates are agreed that the data breach flap is over.