5 Ways the Democratic Presidential Debate Did (and Didn’t) Change the Race
5 takeaways from the 3rd Democratic presidential debate.
Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate began with a question about the ongoing controversy over a breach in the Democratic National Committee’s voter database and ended with a question about the changing role of a president’s spouse. Bernard Sanders on Sunday called GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump a “pathological liar” who is using minority groups as a scapegoat for America’s problems.
In between, ABC News’ David Muir and Martha Raddatz steered the candidates through several substantive issues, from ISIS to taxes to Black Lives Matter. The only brief mentions of global warming during the entire night came during Bernie Sanders’ opening statement and Martin O’Malley’s closing one, and both of those were largely throwaway lines. “I’m running because we need to address the planetary crisis of climate change and take on the fossil fuel industry and transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy,” Sanders said at the start of the debate. “The other big challenge we have is climate change,” O’Malley said more than two hours later.
Trump is blaming Muslims and Mexicans for economic problems that are caused by income equality and greed on Wall Street — the types of things that Mr. In order to get to watch this debate you had to walk through a giant tunnel visible only to the pure in heart, past three screenings of Star Wars, and down a long hallway where you heard the audible weeping of a child but did nothing. — The three remaining Democratic presidential candidates debated on Saturday in the first primary state of New Hampshire less than two months before voters there will help weed out the field. Making ABC’s decision not to ask about climate change all the more glaring was the fact the debate came only one week after the United States and 194 other countries signed a historic climate agreement in Paris. In a statement, Hillary congratulated President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for striking the agreement, adding: “We cannot afford to be slowed by the climate skeptics or deterred by the defeatists who doubt America’s ability to meet this challenge.” Meanwhile, Bernie—the only major presidential candidate ever to explicitly back a carbon tax—was less than impressed with the outcome of the U.N. climate summit. “The planet is in crisis,” he said in his own statement. “We need bold action in the very near future and this does not provide that.” Given those different postures, not to mention the importance of the issue, it would have been nice to hear both candidates talk climate policy.
Martin O’Malley suggested that the time slot — the Saturday before Christmas, already a light TV viewing night, and competing against a National Football League game — was no accident. Trump moments earlier, in which the real estate mogul doubled down on claims that thousands of New Jersey Muslims celebrated the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. I realized that, as long as I am the only female candidate here, I can wear whatever I like and if it occasions comment, I can say, WOULD YOU SAY THAT ABOUT A MAN?
Trump, who kicked off his campaign this year by saying Mexico is sending rapists and other criminals into the U.S., is playing on the fears and anxieties of Americans, rather than rooting out real problems. But he criticized the DNC for how it handled the incident, saying some details of the breach had been leaked to the media before his own campaign had been briefed. O’Malley, 52, sought to portray himself as the voice of a new generation, condemning “the flip-flopping, political approach of Washington that both of my two colleagues on this stage have represented there for the last 40 years.” Asked whether the U.S. should get rid of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, O’Malley said the U.S. should first concentrate on destroying the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
Sanders’ access to the party’s voter data early Saturday, a day and a half after it suspended the campaign’s access and accused it of looking at Mrs. The major priority, right now, in terms of our foreign and military policy should be the destruction of ISIS. “We will not get the support on the ground in Syria to dislodge ISIS if the fighters there who are not associated with ISIS, but whose principal goal is getting rid of Assad, don’t believe there is a political, diplomatic channel that is ongoing,” she said. “It’s very important we operate on both at the same time.” “Not only do I apologize to Secretary Clinton — and I hope we can work together on an independent investigation from day one — I want to apologize to my supporters,” Sanders said. “This is not the type of campaign that we run.” “I very much appreciate that comment, Bernie,” Clinton responded. “Now that, I think, you know, we have resolved your data, we have agreed on an independent inquiry, we should move on. Sanders said the issue could have been settled in a private meeting, rather than in an ugly public fight that prompted him to sue the DNC late Thursday. We’ve got to hate the Muslims.’ Meanwhile, the rich get richer.” O’Malley: “We should never be convinced to give up those freedoms in exchange for a promise of greater security; especially from someone as untried and as incompetent as Donald Trump.” The things you hear at a Republican debate but not a Democratic debate are repealing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare; defunding Planned Parenthood, the women’s health care provider; and “radical Islamic terrorism.” That child was me! (pulls out guitar) The cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon– Raddatz: Well I know we’re all glad we got to spend this minute listening to that.
Clinton: If the subtext of your question is, ‘Will Bill Clinton be charged with picking state china at any point?’ the answer is, “No.” I will pick all the china. I thought all the reasons that people were afraid of having a female president was that they thought she would get emotional during full moons, not that they were afraid that a male First Spouse would pick bad china.
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