Friday, February 5, 2016

Politics: Democratic Presidential Debate #5

Apparently there was a democratic presidential debate last night, who knew? I didn't and only found out about it this morning, after the fact. Since I'm playing catch-up I will only be able to watch some of it and read summaries with a media slant to them to get a perspective. Before I get into the debate, I'd like to not that Bernie Sanders is up by two to one votes against Hillary Clinton.

MSNBC hosted the debate, which could be the reason I didn't hear about it. With their lower rating, it must be harder to advertise their events.

Only two candidates remain as Martin O'Malley dropped out after his poor performance in Iowa. 

Secretary Clinton hoped to take down Senator Sanders by pointing out that he was weak on foreign policy as well as discrimination of the LGBT community and different races. Repeatedly, she stressed that "progressive" means "progress", and that means moving forward at a measured pace, not a "revolution" like Sanders hopes to bring young people to the voting booth with. Clinton also did not fail to mention that she is the first woman that could be president. 

Sanders defended his policy changes and tried to clear up the rumors that have been spread by the opposing campaign. He also continued to point out that Clinton takes money from a SuperPAC and has the interests of the wealthy more so than the poor or downtrodden, who Sanders claims to represent. 

Foreign policy appeared to be Sanders greatest weakness. He is a domestic policy candidate that is concerned more with policy here at home while the fight against ISIS and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are much more Clinton's territory. Her experience as Secretary of State has given her a chance to deal with these situations directly before. 

Though the two candidates clashed, they also agreed on many things. That is often the case in these primary elections when candidates of the same party compete but then have to work together to get the nomination in the White House.

Most of the post debate response seemed to agree that this won't change much in the campaign. Sander should still be far ahead in New Hampshire and Clinton is still expected to win the nomination overall. I wish I had known about it before and will try harder to keep up with the political developments.

On the Republican side, both Rick Santorum and Rand Paul have dropped out, plus Carly Fiorina has not been included in an upcoming Republican debate on Saturday.

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