Kamala Harris was considered the clear winner of Thursday night's democratic debate – while front-runner Joe Biden was under fire from each of the other nine candidates.
California Senator Harris came out swinging and enchanted the stage early on when she told her bickering competitors: & # 39; America doesn't want a food fight! They wonder how we get food on their tables. & # 39;
During the remainder of the two-hour debate, Harris provided a series of moving answers to questions ranging from income inequality to immigration and health care to racial relationships in America.
The debate reached a feverish height when Harris confronted Biden with his recent nostalgia about a few segregationist democratic senators and charged him with resisting federal intervention decades ago to desegregate American schools through forced couriers.
California Sen. Kamala Harris delivered the strongest performance of Thursday night's democratic debate – while front-runner Joe Biden collided with competitors' attack
& # 39; It was painful to hear you talk about the reputation of two senators from the United States who built their reputation and career on the segregation of the race in this country & # 39 ;, she said, referring to Biden & # 39; s jet black memories of Mississippi Sen. James Eastland and South Carolina Sen. Fritz Hollings.
& # 39; And that was not only the case, but you also worked with them to resist traveling, & # 39; she continued and revealed that she was part of second-class black students to integrate public schools in Berkeley, California.
Biden insisted that the Berkeley City Council, not the US Senate, be responsible – but stammered to explain why he was opposed to federal government intervention at the time.
While defending his half-century record on voting rights, a confused Biden finally threw up his hands and blurted: & My time is up. I apologize. & # 39;
After the debate, he accused Harris of misinterpreting his views on the subject, scrapping a history of history in the senate when he had defended the power of federal courts to plunge into desegregation fighting.
Chris Cillizza, editor at CNN, said that Harris delivered the strongest performance in both evenings of debates, and that he came out as “quiet, balanced, knowledgeable and, yes, president & # 39 ;.
Harris denounced Biden for his recent nostalgia about a few segregationist democratic senators and for opposing federal intervention decades ago to desegregate America's schools through forced busing. Standing between the two stars of the debate was fellow predecessor Vermont Sen Bernie Sanders, who had a rather unremarkable night
Biden went into the night with the most at stake, a moderate leader who went from country to low drop-by-drop to his more aggressive liberal rivals.
He took the most air time in general with 13 minutes and 18 seconds, according to CNN, followed by Harris with 12 minutes and nine seconds.
& # 39; Joe Biden may be a precursor, but he didn't look like that in the democratic debate last night & # 39 ;, Roxanne Jones, editor in chief at ESPN Magazine, wrote in an analysis for CNN.
& # 39; He looked tired, changed direct questions early, and whatever he did, the fire could not stand that Kamala Harris rejected him: questions about why he opposed school bus use in the & # 39; 70, or why He compromised his ability to compromise with his racist, segregationist colleagues. & # 39;
Frank Luntz shared similar insights on Twitter and wrote: & # 39; Kamala Harris dominated in just about every conceivable way. She had the guts to take it on and embarrass Joe Biden – not only did she have the best language, she was the most memorable. & # 39;
He continued: & # 39; No, Joe Biden made no mistakes last night … But he was not prepared for the direct attacks of his opponents. He knew they were coming, but he treated them the wrong way. He is tonight's loser for that. & # 39;
Commentators noticed that after the debate, Biden stayed close to the stage rather than mingling with the rest of the candidates in the crowd.
Political experts pointed to Biden & # 39; s ineffective responses to the criticisms of fellow candidates
The always animated Sen Sanders remained true to his socialist platform during the night
In his analysis for The Palmer Report, political blogger Bill Palmer wrote that & # 39; early moderator questions seemed to be outrageous to Joe Biden while setting up Bernie Sanders for an easy win – but the candidates themselves quickly threw the game plan from the moderators from the window & # 39; .
Palmer praised Harris for hitting every question from the park & # 39; and said Vermont Sen. Sanders & # 39; did little with his softball questions & # 39 ;.
In general, scholars seem to agree that Sanders had a much easier night than experts expected, given his strong second place in the polls.
& # 39; Sanders is lucky that Biden has been so bad & # 39 ;, tweeted Cillizza. & # 39; It covers somewhat – its own pronounced weak performance. & # 39;
While moderate Biden stood firmly in the middle of the road, Sanders sent in socialism to the left with promises of redistribution of wealth and government-run health care.
He focused on Donald Trump early on and called the president a & # 39; fake & # 39 ;, a & # 39; pathological liar & # 39; and a & # 39; racist & # 39 ;.
Analysts agree that South Bend, mayor of Atlanta, Pete Buttigieg has delivered a strong performance
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg was one of the most assembled candidates on stage during the night.
His greatest moment came when he was asked about a shooting with the police in his birthplace – a subject he had difficulty with in the past.
On June 16, a South Bend police officer shot 54-year-old black resident Eric Logan while responding to reports that a man broke into cars with a knife. The camera body of the officer was disabled at that time.
& # 39; The police are six percent black in a city that is 26 percent black. Why has that not improved compared to your two conditions as a mayor? & # 39; moderator Chuck Todd asked.
& # 39; Because I couldn't get it done, & # 39; Buttigieg replied frankly.
He went on to say that he & # 39; was determined to bring about a day in which a white man driving a vehicle and a black person driving a vehicle, when approaching a police officer, feel the same. Not from fear, but from safety. I'm going to achieve exactly that. & # 39;
CNN commentator David Axelrod, who had previously criticized Buttigieg's response to the issue, said after the debate: “His response tonight tied in much more effectively. He again took responsibility for his failure as mayor to fully address the underlying issues. But he also spoke about the incident in very human terms; of the man who was killed, his family and the impact on his community. & # 39;
Buttigieg also provided powerful answers to problems with foreign policy. When the candidates were asked how they would handle trade with China, the mayor said: & # 39; We must recognize that the challenge in China is a serious challenge. This is not something to delete or give up.
& # 39; China uses technology for the perfection of dictatorship. Manufacturers and especially farmers hurt. Rates are taxes and Americans pay $ 800 more per year because of the rates. Meanwhile, China is investing so that they would soon be able to run circles around us in artificial intelligence and this president is fixated on the relationship as if the only thing that matters is the balance on dishwashers.
& # 39; We have a moment when their authoritarian model is an alternative to ours, because ours looks so chaotic because of the internal divisions. The biggest thing we have to do is invest in our own domestic competitive position. & # 39;
When he tackled the immigration crisis, Buttigieg earned points when he received the & # 39; moral hypocrisy & # 39; of the Republicans on the issue.
& # 39; For a party that associates with Christianity, to say that … God would smile at the division of families by federal agents, that God would approve to put children in cages, she has every claim to ever use religious language again, lost & # 39; said.
& # 39; Pete Buttigieg probably had the cleanest night of anyone taking a stand near twist & # 39 ;, Palmer wrote.
Cillizza agreed and wrote: & # 39; Buttigieg has a lot of natural political ability – and it shone through Thursday night. & # 39;
Self-help author Marianne Williamson (left) and New York Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (right) both had a lot to say on stage but probably hadn't picked up many new supporters in the debate
New York Sen. Kristen Gillibrand had a lot to say on Thursday night, but failed to capture important sound bites.
Palmer said the senator & # 39; tried way too hard to position himself as Bernie & # 39; s running mate & # 39 ;.
Marianne Williamson entered this debate with very little attention but certainly made an impression – though not a great one.
The author of the self-help & # 39; came half-awake and gave flaky answers, seemingly using a different accent every time she spoke, & Palmer wrote, noting that she & # 39; to become new Ben Carson & # 39 ;.
Cillizza also commented sharply on Williamson and wrote: “Looking at the author and spiritual counselor at the debate stage, it reminded me of my own experience with high school basketball: hopelessly out of battle.
& # 39; It is not that Williamson is not a politician, but that she had no idea how to navigate through a busy debate phase and get her points. It was also a problem that she didn't seem to have any points, you know. & # 39;
Williamson's best moment came during her final statement when she said: & Mr President, if you listen, I want you to hear me please: you have used fear for political purposes, and only love can banish it. So I, sir, I feel that you know what you are doing. I'm going to use love for political purposes. I will meet you on that field and sir, love will win. & # 39;
Social media was flooded with dozens of memes inspired by its performance before the debate even ended.
Two of the lesser-known Democrats – former Colorado Gov John Hickenlooper (left) and former tech executive Andrew Yang (right) are depicted on stage
California Rep Eric Swalwell (right) speaks next to former Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet (left)
The other four candidates – Eric Swalwell, John Hickenlooper, Andrew Yang and Michael Bennet – all gave less memorable performances.
Swalwell & # 39; s greatest moment arose when he called Biden & # 39; s age and noted that he was six years old when the previous cattle said during a speech at the Democratic Convention in California that it was & # 39; pass torch to a new generation of Americans & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Joe Biden was right when he said that 32 years ago. He is still right today, & said the 38-year-old Swalwell.
Biden replied that at the age of 76, & I still hold on to that torch & # 39 ;.
Palmer wrote: & # 39; Swalwell probably got supporters tonight, if only because he & # 39; At night in the night, the poll came with zero percent. & # 39;
Cillizza deviated from many of his experts in choosing Bennet as one of the winners of the night.
& # 39; Look, I don't think the Colorado senator is going to shoot in any way from 1% to relevance in the polls based on his performance in this debate. He wasn't that good. But for someone who a) nobody knew he was going into this debate and b) had limited chances to defend his case, I thought Bennet was performing well, & he wrote.
& # 39; Bennet & # 39; s disbelief with Biden & # 39; s conviction that Senator Mitch McConnell, head of the Senate, would work in two parts if the former vice president won the White House, felt real – and was powerful.
& # 39; In short: Bennet came out of this debate looking better than he went in. That is a victory. & # 39;
Former tech manager Yang had the least talk time at two minutes and 56 seconds, but on social media he drew attention to his decision to abandon a tie.
& # 39; John Hickenlooper probably did not help himself. Andrew Yang might as well not have been there. This field is too large, & Palmer complained.
He added: & # 39; This night was ugly enough, you could argue that Elizabeth Warren won the debate tonight because she had not been in it. & # 39;
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