After a heated Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders took off to the Vatican

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BROOKLYN, NY - Is this what they call a New York state of mind? At the Thursday night Democratic debate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders clashed - literally - one last time, days prior to the Empire State's primary.

Candidates played their familiar tunes on issues such as foreign policy, college tuition, health care and the economy. But they also went for the jugular when they smelled their opponent's weaknesses.

"Senator Sanders' long interview with the New York Daily News talks about judgment and talks about the kinds of problems he had answering questions about even his core issue: breaking up the banks," lashed Clinton.  "When asked, he could not explain how that would be done, and when asked about a number of foreign policy issues he could not answer about Afghanistan, about Israel, about counter-terrorism."

But Bernie counter-attacked questioning Hillary's honesty, a message he has repeated over and over during this campaign:

"Secretary Clinton called (the banks) out," he mocked the Democratic front-runner. "Oh, my goodness: they must have been really crushed by this." His supporters in the audience cheered. "And was that before or after you received huge sums of money by giving speaking engagements?"

After the debate, Sanders took off to Rome for some real Italian food. He was hoping to meet the Pope to talk about social issues. But the head of the Catholic church heard abortion and LGBT rights, and told Sanders to go feel the bern.

Back to New York, Hillary is leading in the polls by a double digit margin, but Sanders won't give up the fight. Because he's well aware of what they say: if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.