Updated: October 13, 2015 11:19 PM ET | Originally published: October 13, 2015 9:22 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders engaged in their first direct face-off during the Democratic debate on Tuesday after Sanders was asked if he identifies as a capitalist.

“Do I consider myself part of the casino capitalist process by which so few have so much and so many have so little?” he responded. “By which Wall Street greed and recklessness wrecked this economy? No I don’t.” He then said he admired the economies of Sweden and Denmark.

Clinton jumped in, saying: “When I think about capitalism I think about all the business that were started because we have the opportunity and the freedom to do that and to make a good living for themselves and their families… We would be making a grave mistake to turn our backs on what built the greatest middle class in the history.”

“We are not Denmark,” she said. “I love Denmark. We are the United States of America.”

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