Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersElection Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Bernie Sanders' age should not disqualify him in 2020 Small-dollar donations explode in the Trump era MORE received the loudest applause of the night during Thursday’s primary debate in New Hampshire when he aimed his fire not at rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans bail on Coffman to invest in Miami seat Katy Perry praises Taylor Swift for diving into politics Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue MORE but at the Republican Party.
 
"On our worst days ... we are 100 times better than any Republican candidate," the Vermont senator said, before his voice was lost under the whooping, whistling crowd.
 
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Sanders prefaced his comments — which came near the end of the night — by offering a peace gesture to the former secretary of State, whom he had argued with fiercely throughout the night. 
 
"Sometimes in campaigns, things get a little bit out of hand," Sanders said. "I happen the respect the secretary very much. I hope it's mutual."