Attacks at the Democratic Debate


Ethan Miller

Photo Credit: Photo via Getty Images under the creative commons license. Democratic Candidates getting ready for the debate.

Luke Meyers, Jaspreet Manko, Jesus Gonzalez, and Kevin Cardenas

The South Carolina Democratic Debate saw seven presidential candidates fighting it out to see who’s the best to beat President Donald Trump. The beginning of the debate saw candidates immediately go after frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders with Sen. Elizabeth Warren leading the charge. Warren made her case as to why she is the best progressive candidate to lead the ticket against Trump. Former Vice President, Joe Biden, also attacked Sanders stating, “Bernie voted five times against the Brady Bill and wanted a waiting period of 12 hours.” Sanders responded by contrasting his voting record with Biden’s record; although he did admit that his Brady Bill vote was a bad vote, but then pointed out that Biden voted in favor of the Iraq War.

Former Mayor Bloomberg was also attacked by Warren. Warren went after Bloomberg with the same charge from the Nevada Debate: his non-disclosure agreements with multiple women. She continued to ask him to release the women from the agreements so they have a chance to tell their side of the story. Moreover, Bloomberg also had a slip where he nearly said he bought Democrats in the House of Representatives, “Let’s just go on the record. They talked about 40 Democrats. 21 of those are people that I spent a hundred million dollars to help elect, all of the new Democrats that came in and put Nancy Pelosi in charge and gave the Congress the ability to control this president, I bought — I, I got them,” Bloomberg expressed. This was quite a Freudian slip because many people, especially progressives, have accused Bloomberg of buying this election and politicians.

There was also something peculiar with the debate audience. The audience appeared to lean more towards Bloomberg. The spectators would cheer when Bloomberg would speak but would start to “boo” at things other candidates would say; very early in the debate, many journalists noticed this and were commenting about it on Twitter and on the news. The reason for the audience’s reactions may have been the cost to attend the debate as first reported. The cost ranged from $1,750 to $3,200 per ticket. It is possible that the audience was Bloomberg supporters because many believe that those who are more affluent are more likely to share Bloomberg’s views and ideas. Progressives say that he favors policies that help the rich more than the middle class and the impoverished.

After the chaos of the South Carolina Debate and the Super Tuesday primary results, it is looking like Biden is back in the frontline and competitive with Sanders for this election. The primary has also turned into a two-person race with moderate candidates, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Mike Bloomberg dropping out of the race and endorsing Joe Biden. Also with Tom Steyer dropping out and former presidential candidate Beto O’rourke endorsing Biden, Biden got a big boost finished Super Tuesday winning 10 states and likely grabbing around or even more delegates as Bernie Sanders. The only reason that Super Tuesday wasn’t a total loss for Sanders is because of his win in the delegate-rich state of California and because of his close second in the next biggest delegate state of Texas. After Super Tuesday Elisabeth Warren dropped out leaving only three candidates left, Tulsi Gabbard, Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden, with Gabbard being considered unviable because of how behind she is with delegates compared to Sanders and Biden.