The seventh Democratic primary debate in Iowa this week barely made a ripple.
The candidates on stage largely failed to set themselves apart from the pack and spent most of the night squabbling over technicalities and rehashing their campaigns’ main talking points.
That said, there were some breakthrough moments.
Overall, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts won the debate. Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg also made a splash, despite the fact that he wasn’t even on stage.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and businessman Tom Steyer lost the debate.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont didn’t win or lose and instead had a lukewarm night.
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The seventh Democratic primary debate in Iowa barely made a ripple.
The six candidates on stage — former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and businessman Tom Steyer — squabbled over technicalities and rehashed their campaigns’ main talking points.
There were few breakthrough moments and barely anyone set themselves apart from the rest of the pack.
That said, there were — barely — some standouts.
Here are the winners of Tuesday’s Democratic debate
The progressive firebrand had a big night and cemented her place as a frontrunner by taking on her competitors including Sanders, with whom she’s always had a close relationship.
The two reportedly made a pact before the 2020 campaign season that they would not claw at one another during the race. But that truce seemed to fall apart on stage Tuesday as they contradicted one another on whether Sanders had told her during a private conversation that a woman would not win the presidency.
Sanders said he never made such a comment. Warren disagreed and drew loud applause when she noted that the only people on stage who had won every election they’d ever run in — her and Klobuchar — were women.
Warren also used the rest of the debate to nail down her biggest policy proposals on issues like childcare, healthcare costs, prescription drug costs, foreign policy, and military spending.
She also drew widespread praise for focusing on LGBT issues and specifically mentioning transgender women of color.
Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg
Bloomberg wasn’t on stage Tuesday night, but that didn’t stop his campaign from embarking on a Twitter blitz and dominating the conversation on social media.
Throughout the course of the debate — and leading up to it — the Bloomberg campaign tweeted about meatballs, tattoos, setting wild animals loose on the Democratic debate stage, what Secret Service codename he should choose, singing with Lady Gaga, Tostitos, Vicks VapoRub, and more.
We would try to explain the context behind some of those tweets, but it would get complicated, so check them out here.
Here are the losers of Tuesday’s Democratic debate
Everyone on stage who wasn’t Warren had a rough night. Here’s a breakdown of some of the worst moments:
Buttigieg, who has minimal support from black voters, drew …read more
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