With the first Democratic debate finished, it’s time to highlight the main points of the debate. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, Martin O’Malley, and Lincoln Chafee were all on stage for the debate. However, Clinton and Sanders are the big names among the race, so I’ll focus on them.
The first thing I noticed was that this debate is a lot less heated than the GOP debate. Whereas the Republicans were going at it like a Royal Rumble match, the Democrats seemed to be playing more of a friendly game of checkers. Clinton and Sanders even shared a heartwarming handshake during the debate. Sanders also came to Clinton’s defense when the email scandal was brought up. Kudos to Sanders for having your “teammate’s” back and all, but as Clinton’s main competition right now, I don’t think it’s a smart move to come to Clinton’s defense. Chafee decided to chime in on Clinton’s credibility, and Hillary elected to not even respond.
As for Sanders, you can tell he knows how to debate. He answered some of his questions spot-on, all the while making sure the audience knew what he wanted to discuss and talk about. Sanders and Clinton had a roughly 10-minute back-and-forth about gun control. Clinton called out Sanders for voting against the Brady bill 5 times, which has, according to Clinton, prevented over 2 million gun purchases. I believe this may have been the soft point of the night for Sanders, but only because of how Clinton formed the disagreement between the two, which was perfect on her part.
The one hole in Clinton’s armor came when Keystone was brought up. Her response to an attack was as follows:
“I never took a position on Keystone until I took a position on Keystone.”
Umm, what? So you chose your position based on what the people wanted to hear? Interesting choice of words, Mrs. Clinton. She also tried to beef up her defenses, when she claims she told Wall Street to “cut it out.”. Sanders waited his turn with a hand raised, and basically told her that asking the big banks and guys on Wall Street to play nice is a bit naive.
Hillary Clinton is still the Democratic favorite for nomination, but I feel as if Bernie Sanders closed a little bit of ground. Projections are saying Hillary has around a 70% chance to win, but we will have to wait and see how Sanders does in the polls these upcoming weeks. Other than a potential Joe Biden entrance, this looks like a 2-horse race. And if Biden does join, I can’t help but like Sanders’ chances even more.