After much ballyhoo the first Democratic debate was held Tuesday night sponsored by CNN. On the dais was Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former senator from Virginia, Jim Webb and former Rhode Island senator Lincoln Chaffee.
Hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper each candidate got one minute to respond to questions and 30 seconds for a rebuttal. Anderson Cooper is a big contributor to the Clinton Foundation so I thought that was a conflict of interest and they should have gotten someone else to host it.
I liked Jim Web the best since he was a Vietnam Vet and former republican under Reagan and a Vietnam Vet who fought honorably and courageously. He made the most sense I thought, but Anderson Cooper gave most of the time to Hillary, Sanders and O’Malley and kept cutting Webb short. I didn’t like Chaffe attacking the Iraq war saying there were no WMD’s. He made it sound like it was made up by the United States especially Bush which figures coming from a liberal democrat. Everyone said Saddam had them. France said he had them, Italy said he had them, England said he had them, Germany said he had them and Saudi Arabia said he had them. I guess Chaffe didn’t see the report saying we found 500 tons of yellow cake uranium and a factory full of sarin gas and mustard gas even though they were old containers.
I didn’t care for Hillary and O’Malley with their anti-NRA comments. They keep talking about stricter laws and gun registration laws. There are currently over 100 laws on the federal books alone not counting state laws. All you have to do is enforce the current laws, you don’t need new laws.
Hillary was constantly attacking republicans and saying how they were her worst enemy. Of course they are and for good reason.
I used to wonder why so many milenials liked 73 year old Bernie Sanders, but after last night I can see why. He’s the liberal a version of Donald Trump being very emphatic, engaging and passionate. He has the liberal emotionalism that young people go for. A poll on the Drudge report said Sanders won the debate.
When the issue of Clintons e-mails came up she said she will testify before the committee investigating her , but said she released everything and then took a stab at republicans saying this was all their partisan doing and suggested we move on. Sanders agreed too. I don’t agree with Hillary and Sanders that we need to move on and get past the emails. Our National Security was compromised. It is a big deal and let’s not forget that she lied and tried to destroy them. How can she be trusted?
Hillary gets a pass on Lybia and a pass on the e-mails. Dems want to hide the bad stuff and hit us with double talk and climate change.
Hilary and Sanders talked about giving free college tuition to everyone and up grading social security. How do they intend to pay for all that? I know through us tax payers that’s how. When asked how she would be different from a third Obama term Hilary said by being the first woman president and that would be different. Duhhh. What a stupid, sexist answer!!
The candidates were asked what they would do with climate change. I guess they didn’t get the memo that says scientists said it (climate change or global warming) was all wrong as the computer models were way off and that we are only producing one tenth of the carbon emissions that were thought to be ruining our atmosphere. Besides we all exhale carbon dioxide which his good for the plants and trees. Also Al Gore said the ice caps were supposed to be all melted by now and there would be great floods covering our cities. The fact is that the ice caps have increased by 100 miles.
When the subject of minimum wage came up Sanders said it should be $15 an hour. I know in Washington State they are doing that, but when you raise the minimum wage up so much everything else goes up too. I agree the minimum wage should be increased but maybe to $10 an hour. Besides minimum wage is not meant as a permanent wage. It is just a starting point to advance in a job.
The Hillary love fest on CNN was ridiculous. I felt bad for the other candidates.
I thought the questions were fair and there were no “gotcha” or attack questions like Megyn Kelley did with Trump and I noticed there were no annoying timer bells like with the republican debate, but rather silent lights telling when each candidate’s time was up. Even though they had rules for rebuttals some of the candidates seemed to go on for longer periods. Maybe it was because CNN and the reporters asking the questions were all biased and pro democrat and didn’t want to make their guys look bad.
Donald Trump was tweeting during the debates. Here are some of his tweets below:
All are very scripted and rehearsed, two (at least) should not be on the stage.
The hardest thing Clinton has to do is defend her bad decision making including Iraq vote, e-mails etc.
O’Malley, as former Mayor of Baltimore, has very little chance
Can anyone imagine Chafee as president? No way.
Not one single Democrat spoke out in favor of freedom and capitalism or to defend our Constitution. All spoke like classical Marxists about the class struggle. It was disgusting.
Unless Vice President Joe Biden jumps into the fray, it is still a two-person race, with only Clinton and Sanders in double-digits among the declared candidates.
In fact, the three other declared contenders are not even in the single digits. Not one of them – not Jim Webb, Martin O’Malley or Lincoln Chafee – even registers one point: All three poll at less than 1 percent.
Many people including Trump said the debate was boring and a snooze fest. I thought it was interesting and made it a point to listen to what they said. I believe in the old saying “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”