Politiwatch TDR 2020 Campaign: Revelations about The First Democratic Debate
The Deaf Report has been closely watching the both parts of the recent Democratic Debate looking at the entire set of 20 candidates in Downtown Miami who qualified. These candidates had a limited time frame due to the fact the two parter debate had so many candidates that it could have been three parts instead. Perhaps, that was the source of problem for several people, all of whom were trying to seek traction within the national polls and bring attention to their issues. Before the first debate, the national polls showed Former Vice President Biden at the top of the lineup with Sanders, Warren and Buttigieg trailing behind him as well. The text below reflected the first set of 10 candidates’ best one-liners within their campaigns during the debates concerning their main issues they wish to focus on.
Former Rep. John Delaney: "The biggest challenge is China. The biggest geopolitical threat remains nuclear weapons."
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee: "The biggest threat to the security of the United States is Donald Trump. No question about it."
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: "The greatest threat we face is the fact that we are at greater risk of nuclear war today than ever before in history."
Sen. Amy Klobuchar: "Economic threat: Iran. But our major threat right now is what's going on in the Mideast with Iran."
Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke: "Our existential threat is climate change."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren: "Climate change."
Sen. Cory Booker: "Nuclear proliferation and climate change."
Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro: "China and climate change."
Rep. Tim Ryan: "China without a question. They are wiping us around the world economically."
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: "Russia because they are trying to undermine our democracy and they are doing a damn good job of it and we need to stop them.
The second part of debate followed up with the other set of 10 candidates, it focused on Biden, Sanders, Harris, Buttigieg, and . The below text highlighted the best one-liners from each candidate, ranging from climate change to their feelings on President Trump and his current policies.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg: "For a party that associates itself with Christianity to say...that God would condone putting children in cages, has lost all claim to ever use religious language again."
Sen. Harris- "America does not want to witness a food fight. They want to know how we will put food on their table”
Former Vice President Biden: "President Obama, I think, did a heck of a job, to compare him to what this guy's doing is absolutely, I find close to immoral."
Rep. Eric Swalwell: ”If we're going solve the issue of climate chaos, pass the torch. If we are going to solve the issue of student loan debt, pass the torch. If we're going to end gun violence... pass the torch."
Sen. Gillibrand: “Unlike the Republican party, we encourage diversity, we believe in diversity. That's what America is about.”
Sen. Sanders: “You asked before, what is the greatest national security threat to the United States, it's Donald Trump.”
Sen. Bennet: "When I see these kids at the border, I see my mom, because I know she sees herself because she was separated from her parents for years during the Holocaust in Poland.”
Williamson: "This man has reached into the psyche of the American people and he has harnessed fear for political purposes. So, Mr. President, if you're listening, I want you to hear me, please. You have harnessed fear for political purposes and only love can cast that out."
Hickenlooper: "If you had ever told me at any time in my life that this country would sanction federal agents to take children from the arms of their parents and put them in cages, actually put them up for adoption — in Colorado, we call that kidnapping."
Yang: "I want to thank everyone who put me on the stage tonight. I am proof that our democracy still works."
Democracy still stands at its best during these debates even with the little amount of time that was given to each candidate. Everyone should be getting a clearer sense of what each candidate wants and what YOU the voter wants in their presidential candidate. Harris’ comment stings and takes a heavy swing at Biden over the issue of segregation and his previous actions, Swalwell started going after Sanders and Biden for being “too old” taking aim at a”electablity” perspective. Even worse, Buttigieg admitted his plan to have more African-Americans cops in his town failed because “it just didn’t happen” showing his inability to follow through. Everyone on the first night went after Warren being the largest force in the debate that night, but Warren showed a rare moment of real presidential empathy- being strong and fierce while standing her ground in relation to her ideals. Williamson might be all bark, but her thoughts on changing America almost resonated with Yang’s dream of providing everyone $1,000 a month as a part of Universal Basic Income for Americans. It boiled down to one point- it cannot be a circus on February 3, 2020 in Iowa (for the Iowa Caucuses) when everyone votes for the ONE candidate who becomes America’s Democratic Presidential Candidate that has to go forward to take on President Trump on the debate stage and finally in the elections.
The second Democratic debate is on July 30 & 31, 2019-- taking place in the second battleground state- Michigan. That should bring some more glimpses of whom we should root for and start recognizing bringing it to a field of several candidates and putting others to bed to show a less crowded field. Hopefully, the polls will start to show some strength and show us who so far the people feel can really bring America together and heal the divides that came from the previous election while empowering the ONE candidate to become a true contender and make a firm stance on Democratic ideals while trying to make these ideas clear when debating with President Trump and appealing to the American people.