The Democratic Debates: 3 Winners and 4 Losers of the First Round


Monday, July 1, 2019


Andrew Yang

The Yang Gang was disappointed after Thursday night, as the 44 year old entrepreneur from New York, who was the first person to qualify for the debates, received less than three minutes of air time during the two-hour debate. Andrew Yang, whose top priority is to institute a Freedom Dividend giving every citizen over the age of eighteen $1,000 a month, failed to leave a lasting impression on voters who may not know who he is. Part of this can be blamed on NBC, who, accorded to Yang himself, had his mic turned off for most of the debate. For Yang to bounce back, he must be vocal and cement his spot in the race the next time he has a mic.

Tim Ryan:

Tim Ryan, the Congressman from Ohio who could easily be a Mark Zuckerberg stunt-double, was absolutely taken to school. When asked a foreign policy question, Congressman Ryan stated incorrectly that the Taliban had attacked the US, in which Tulsi Gabbard came back with a firey response. To make it worse, Ryan was interviewed by Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks after the debates, and went after Tulsi saying that “her foreign policy is a bit off.” This is probably the most ironic response to being owned on stage, after being “off” himself on who attacked us on 9/11. 

On top of that, Tulsi was the most searched candidate on google during the first debate. You never want to be the reason someone else becomes popular during an election. Tim Ryan, considered by many to be a lower-tier candidate, had to make a good first impression to keep himself relevant in this race. He blew it. 

Pete Buttigeg: 

This might be a controversial one. Mayor Pete had a pretty good performance during the second night of debates. He displayed both class and knowledge while giving his pitch to the Democratic voters of America. The Mayor’s big blunder, however, happened when the moderators hit him with a question about a black man being killed by a white cop in South Bend. His answer to this question was a bit indirect, and it seemed very *shrug emoji* -esk. Eric Swalwell hit him hard, and said that, as mayor, he was responsible for what happened in South Bend and that he should have fired the police chief who was in command at the time of the incident. You can watch the heated exchange here

On top of this, a recent poll showed that the Mayor is getting 0% percent of support of Back Democratic voters in South Carolina. While Buttigeg is polling in the top five in almost every poll, his lack of support from Black voters, along with the issues he is having in his home city, smell like trouble for the young mayor. 

Joe Biden 

Joe Biden, the Democratic primary’s front runner, had an exceptionally mediocre night. He was largely overshadowed by the many attacks on him from the other candidates. The most notable example was from Senator Kamala Harris of California who hit Biden hard on his record on race. Biden was hit hard by Harris on opposing bussing, the practice of assigning and transporting students to schools within or outside their local school districts in an effort to reduce the racial segregation in schools. He gave a questionable response, saying he opposed bussing by the Department of Education. 

Joe Biden in this debate didn’t look like the front runner or a former vice president in this debate. He simply looked like another guy running for office. This debacle, along with his past issues dealing with personal space with woman, are troubling signs for Biden. 


Julián Castro 

Julian Castro, the only Hispanic currently in the race for president, gave a unique perspective to the debate stage. He discussed his family experience with immigration, gave an emotional testimony about a family trying to cross the border for a better life and also, much like Harris, picked fights with other candidates. It paid off. 

Castro showed poise throughout the debate and made sure that his presence was felt. His closing statement, along with its reaction, gave the impression that the former HUD secretary will see a huge spike in the polls in the next couple months, or maybe even weeks. 

Kamala Harris 

The consensus winner of night two of the first democratic debates was Kamala Harris. She did everything right in this one. She had the perfect blend of personal storytelling, while also displaying her knowledge on policy along with going after her opponents for their controversial pasts. 

While attacking Joe Biden on his past was a gamble, the former vice president stumbled in his response, giving Senator Harris a great sound bite that will certainly be repeated several times over the next year. Harris topped this off with the line of the night, “America does not want to witness a food fight. They want to know how we’re going to put food on the table.” 

Donald J. Trump 

President Trump and his re-election campaign are the clear winners of the first debate of the Democratic primary. The biggest reason being the Democratic candidates insistence on going further and further left on policy. It seems that every time a candidate gave an initial response to a question, any rebuttal that followed seemed to be a “I can do one better” response. This does nothing but hurt the eventual democratic nominee, as they will indeed lose #NeverTrump Republicans, independents, and even some moderate Democrats who will not embrace far-left policies. 

Many of the Democratic candidates claiming that this economy “isn’t working for everyone” also doesn’t help their cases. Given that President Trump has managed to accomplish record unemployment numbers throughout the nation, along with all-time high wages workers are receiving, this is empty conjecture. As much as people want to think Trump is the worst thing ever, his accomplishments in such a short amount of time are undeniable and will be hard to match next November. 


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Jose Rodriguez, who also goes by “Francisco,” is a senior at John Jay College of Criminal Justice double majoring in Political Science and Economics. He has previously served as President of his College Republican chapter, along with being a staff member on a gubernatorial race in New York.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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Jose Rodriguez, who also goes by “Francisco,” is a senior at John Jay College of Criminal Justice double majoring in Political Science and Economics. He has previously served as President of his College Republican chapter, along with being a staff member on a gubernatorial race in New York.

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