Pundits say that Amy Klobuchar and Donald Trump were at the top of the first Democratic debate of 2020 – an event that a reviewer called “the night of the living dead.”
Six candidates took the stage on Tuesday evening in Des Moines to leave for the last time before the Iowa caucuses took place on February 3.
Analysts largely agree that none of the candidates achieved a runaway victory, although Klobuchar was in the lead in a Drudge survey with 25 percent of the vote.
The Senator from Minnesota was widely praised for her pragmatic presence on stage.
Her strongest moment came when she sounded on Medicare-for-all, pointing to the growing concern among voters that the Democratic candidate needs a broader supported alternative.
“This debate is not real,” said Klobuchar. “I was in Vegas recently, and someone said: don’t place your chips on a number on the wheel that isn’t even on the wheel. That is the problem. More than two-thirds of the US Senate Democrats are not going to do that [Sanders] and Senator Warren are on. “
She referred to her list of 137 things that she will accomplish in her first 100 days in the office without going through Congress.
CNNChris Cillizza named Klobuchar one of his winners for his night and wrote that she had achieved her goal of throwing herself as a “pragmatic alternative for voters looking for someone other than Biden (or, to a lesser extent, Buttigieg) to to vote ‘.
Trump was also branded as a winner after escaping the debate, largely undamaged compared to his potential opponents, despite early attacks on an Iranian general’s murder last week.
Van Jones from CNN noted that he was discouraged by the debate because none of the candidates showed signs that they were strong enough to defeat Trump.
Pundits say Amy Klobuchar and Donald Trump came to the top of the first Democratic debate of 2020 – a reviewer who called “the night of the living dead”
Six democratic presidential candidates took the stage on Tuesday evening at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Pictured from left to right: Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar
Perhaps one of the reasons why the debate felt boring for some viewers was the lack of an expected collision between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
The couple was embroiled in a heated discussion prior to the debate on a report Sanders Warren told in a private meeting in her apartment in Washington DC in 2018 that a female candidate could not beat Donald Trump.
Warren confirmed that report while Sanders insisted that he never said such a thing.
The pair calmly tackled the issue on stage, but failed to reach agreement on what Sanders said.
Perhaps one of the reasons why the debate felt boring for some viewers was the lack of an expected collision between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders
Vox analyst Anna North concluded that the discussion had benefited both candidates because they used it to draw attention to their strengths.
“Warren noted that she and Sen. Amy Klobuchar actually have a better record when it comes to winning elections than some of their male opponents:” The only people at this stage who have won every election they have been in are the women: Amy and I, “wrote North.
“She later noted the importance of female candidates and voters in delivering the House of Representatives and the legislature throughout the country for Democrats in 2018.
HOW EVERY CANDIDATE SPEAK
Elizabeth Warren – 19 minutes, 11 seconds
Bernie Sanders – 18 minutes, 26 seconds
Amy Klobuchar – 16 minutes, 59 seconds
Pete Buttigieg – 16 minutes, 48 seconds
Joe Biden – 16 minutes, 17 seconds
Tom Steyer – 12 minutes, 24 seconds
Source: NBC News
“And she offered a clear and concise argument for herself as the woman and person to defeat Trump in 2020:” We need a candidate who will excite all parts of the Democratic Party, bring everyone in and give everyone a Democrat to believe in . That’s my plan and that’s why I’m going to win. “”
North praised Sanders for the way he handled the discussion, putting him in a difficult position to defend himself against allegations of sexism, while arguing that he, a man, should be the candidate.
“Everyone who knows me knows it is incomprehensible that I would think that a woman could not be a president of the United States,” said the Vermont senator.
‘Hillary Clinton won the popular vote with three million votes. How can anyone think in a million years that a woman can become president of the United States?
“And let me be very clear, if one of the women at this stage, or one of the men at this stage, wins the nomination – I hope that’s not the case, I hope it is me – but if they do “I will do everything in my power to ensure that they are elected to defeat the most president in our country’s history,” he added to the public’s applause.
Elizabeth Warren refused to shake hands with Bernie Sanders at the end of the debate
Some experts disagreed about how successful Sanders and Warren were throughout the debate.
Another Vox analyst, Dylan Matthews, chose Sanders as one of his winners, and wrote: “He had massive discussions on health care and climate change, and he strengthened his status, recently reclaimed from Warren, as the leading left-wing voice of the party . “
Meanwhile, Cillizza placed Sanders in his ‘losers’ column and wrote: ‘Sanders’ refusing Warren’s statement that he had told her that a woman could not win the White House in 2020 – ‘I didn’t say it’, he claimed – sat me along.
“Sanders tried to portray the issue as immaterial – hatched by Republicans and the media to distract voters. But that is not it. Warren himself said – on the plate! – that when she told Sanders that she thought a woman could win, “he disagreed” (Warren repeated that attitude in the debate.)
“Sanders has indeed compared his report on the war in Iraq and the trade with Biden. But he somehow looked inside when the subject turned to “Medicare for All” – it was mostly Warren vs.. Buttigieg – and never had a reasonable answer to the question about the actual costs of his programs. “
However, Warren got the “winners” column from Cillizza.
“The Senator from Massachusetts delivered the line of the night and noted that the four men on the podium had lost 10 races, while the two women on the podium – she and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar – had never lost a race.
‘And not just a singer who will soon be forgotten; it is an effective pushback against the idea that she is too liberal to beat Trump. ”
Pundits were also divided over the performance of former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Pundits were also divided over the performance of former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Cillizza and Matthews both placed Buttigieg among the winners – and noted that he currently leads many polls in Iowa.
Cillizza wrote that Buttigieg proved Tuesday night that he is the best debater in this area. But he also did something more important than that: in the first 30 minutes of the debate, Buttigieg demonstrated a competence, stability and depth of knowledge combined with personal experience that should help him to stand the test of the Supreme Commander in the eyes of voters. ”
Matthews praised Buttigieg for the way he handled an early debate on foreign policy, probably his weakest area.
The analyst wrote: “Buttigieg stood more than stand alone and skillfully reformulated his lack of experience with a more forward-looking response:” The following president faces national security challenges that differ in scope and in-kind from everything we have seen before. Not just conventional military challenges, not just stateless terrorism, but also challenges in the areas of cyber security, climate security, and foreign interference in our elections. “
“Translation: Your experience is irrelevant, or at least not more relevant, than mine,” Matthews added.
Aaron Blake of the Washington Posthowever, was not impressed with the performance of Buttigieg.
“For the first time in one of these stages of debate, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., Was something of a bystander who didn’t really add much,” Blake wrote.
“He made many of the same notes that he had in previous debates, including criticizing Medicare-for-all as unrealistic and against a” Washington mentality. ” At a certain point, he emphasized the national debt and deficit – one wonders whether these are huge priorities for democratic voters.
“Iowa is so important to Buttigieg, because it’s such a good constituency for him. He was not a bad Tuesday, but it may not help him to deal with part of his arrested momentum. ”
Former vice president Joe Biden did not do well with analysts, who placed him in the middle or on the bottom
Former vice president Joe Biden did not do well with analysts, who placed him in the middle or on the bottom.
Cillizza was in the last category and wrote: “If Buttigieg is the best of the debaters in the top six, then the former vice president is the worst.”
“Tuesday night he seemed to consistently forget or mention a point, forcing him to go back and reformulate it to check if he was right. It resulted in a restraining performance, in which he came across as less powerful and confident than others on stage. ”
Blake called Biden’s performance ‘good’ and emphasized the fact that the leader did not have a great need for a big night given his strong poll figures in Iowa.
There was little doubt among analysts or Drudge voters about the biggest loser of the night: billionaire Tom Steyer
There was little doubt among analysts or Drudge voters about the biggest loser of the night: billionaire Tom Steyer.
CNN’s Cillizza summed up Steyer’s performance by writing: “Simply put, the billionaire businessman looked bad from his depth.
“He struggled badly to claim that he was better equipped than his rivals to manage the country’s foreign policy – his answer was that he traveled a lot internationally (and, no, I’m not kidding) – and things became not much better for him from there.
Cillizza added, “For most of the debate it felt like the Top 5 were involved in one conversation, and Steyer was just there, well, there.”
Vox analyst German Lopez agreed and wrote: “There is one question about Tom Steyer’s presence at Tuesday’s debate: Why?”
Lopez continued: ‘Steyer is not going to win the nomination. He polls the single figures nationwide, and there is not a single state based on the polling average of RealClearPolitics, where he breaks the top three.
“He only held the polls he needed in the past week to qualify for this debate. After several debates – most with Steyer’s participation – his poor support showed few signs of change. ”