As the front-runner in the Democrats’ 2016 presidential primary, Hillary Clinton has an easier task than her two opponents. She doesn’t have to produce a game-changing moment, and she doesn’t have to introduce herself to an unfamiliar audience. Instead, she has a straightforward (if not simple) two-pronged mission: She doesn’t want to say anything that costs her big with the party base, and she doesn’t want to anything that will haunt her in the general election.
Republicans are hoping that she failed on the second part of that mission entirely Saturday night.
Before the debate even ended, GOP operatives took to Twitter to point out the lines they say are—and what they undoubtedly hope are—gaffes that will haunt Clinton from now until Election Day. Here are three that stood out.
1) Tying Wall Street donations to 9/11
Clinton was already coming under fire for her suggestion that she received considerable campaign contributions from Wall Street companies because she helped them rebuild in New York after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The comment came after Bernie Sanders called into question her true intentions toward reining in Wall Street, given the campaign cash she’s received from the community over the years.