Sunday, March 6, 2016
Politics: Democratic Presidential Debate #7
A civil debate doesn't make for nearly as much of a commercial success as a insult competition but the Democratic debate sure was a refreshing change from the interrupting and dick jokes of the Republican party. This race has come down to the last two candidates of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Senator of Vermont Bernie Sanders. Clinton has a dominating lead in the race so Sanders had to work hard to persuade voters over to his trailing campaign.
This debate was set in Flint, Michigan currently suffering from a water crisis due to Michigan's Republican Governor Rick Snyder attempt to save money by using lead pipes. This issue dominated the beginning of the debate and set the tone of domestic issues, which is a strong position for Bernie Sanders to rely on with his previous campaign promises.
The candidates mainly agreed on the issues but when Clinton made certain statement Sanders quickly pounced to point out the differences. However, Clinton was prepared to counter her opponent's attacks and came back strong. Though this gained Clinton applause Sanders continued to push and seemed much more committed to policy and legislation while Clinton, with an eye to the general election when she'll have to shift to the center, waffled and did not commit to many policy with a claim that she is adaptable to the Washington system.
Michigan is a crucial state in the upcoming votes with a lot of delegates at stake. Bernie Sanders has a chance to win and regain lost ground but I'm not sure it will be enough.
The issues spread out from the beginning to gun control where Sanders tried to bring reason into a conversation but Clinton jumped on him for not allowing victim to sue gun manufacturers using the fear and grief of victims' families to appear much stronger on gun control.
Race was also brought into the conversation with hosts questioning Clinton's past as first lady and the incarceration of the 1990s but Sanders also supported the bills so both candidates had to defend their past record. Sanders had his history in support of civil rights and Clinton has also worked for people who have been persecuted. None of this discussion seems to appear in the Republican debates.
Climate change brought some differences as Sanders was much more opposed and Clinton had her donors to think about and, as I said, the general election.
Overall, both of these candidates look tremendously more presidential than anyone running on the left but issues still split this country down the middle and will not reconcile those differences this year.
In other news, Bernie Sanders claimed another victory in Maine,
and Marco Rubio won Puerto Rico. These victories could set both campaigns back on the path to victory but the delegates won may not be enough to empower the trailing candidates past the large leads of the frontrunners.