Winners and Losers of the 2nd Democratic Debate


Thursday, August 1, 2019


Bernie Sanders 

During the first night of debates, Senator Bernie Sanders had an MVP-like performance. Bernie, who was the runner up during the 2016 democratic primaries, showed why many of the same things he ran on four years ago still hold true today. He fended off attacks from many of his opponents on stage, and had the clap back of the night against Tim Ryan. With Joe Biden struggling to separate himself during the 2nd night of debates, Bernie may have just put himself in a position to take down the former VP as the front runner. 

Marianne Williamson

Ms. Williamson, spiritual guru and harnesser of love, held her own during the first night of debates. Not only did she make use of her time well (was given the second least speaking time, yet arguably garnered the most applause), she was also the most searched candidate following the first night of debates. She was the most searched for in 49 out of 50 states. She even garnered a bit of praise from Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter. While her candidacy is sometimes meme’d and joked about, she can easily become a serious mid-tier candidate by the time the September debates roll around. 

Tulsi Gabbard 

Congresswoman Gabbard may have had the performance of the night during the 2nd night of debates. She was the most poised candidate on stage both nights, while also sticking to her key policy proposals. Her big highlight came when asked a question about VP Biden on crime, Tulsi decided to switch her focus to Senator Harris. Being a low/mid-tier candidate and getting applauded for attacking a high tier candidate definitely puts Tulsi in a good light heading into the September debates. Her expertise on foreign policy, and being the only combat veteran running for President, makes her one of the most well rounded candidates in the whole field. She ended the 2nd night of debates as the most searched candidate in all 50 states. If she makes the September debates, it can definitely give her the opportunity to take the political establishment head on. 

Andrew Yang 

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Yang had the biggest turnaround of any candidate within the field. Previously on the losers bracket on this list during the last debate, Yang, much like Williamson, maximized his time well and got straight to the point with his ideas. While getting the least amount of time to speak, Yang garnered some of the biggest applause of the night, especially when discussing his plan for a Universal Basic Income and raising the concern of machinery taking over the economy. Yang has silently built one of the biggest grassroots campaigns out of anyone in the field with the #YangGang, and this performance very well may have propelled him to the September debates. 


Kamala Harris

The California Senator had a rough night during the second night of debates. It started with a 15 minute back and forth with frontrunner candidate Joe Biden on the topic of healthcare, which was dragged on for way too long. It continued with criticism on new proposals on healthcare and education that she recently released that garnered negative initial reaction for many reasons. She was also hit hard on her background as a prosecutor by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who pointed to her record of putting minor drug offenders in jail and laughing about it during a conference. You can watch that fiery exchange here. Despite being a winner on this list during the last debates, she failed to continue her momentum and opened the door for low/mid tier candidates to succeed. 

Joe Biden

The former Vice President, who appears on the losers bracket for the 2nd debate in a row, was a figurative (almost literal) punching bag during the July 31st edition of the Democratic Debates. Everyone from Senator Harris to Senator Booker, and even Mayor DeBlasio took a crack at the former VP during the second night of debates. Biden often struggled to stay on topic, and seemed like he was more concerned with sticking to talking points. His biggest stumbles included questions on President Obama, and whether Biden had any influence or say on what happened in the administration, especially when it came to immigration. To top it all off, many protestors insisted on starting a heckler’s veto in order to get into Biden’s head. Overall, it was not a good night for Joe Biden, but he will have a chance to redeem himself this September. 

The Moderates

The moderate Democrats within the field are slowly losing their place, not just with polling numbers and donors, but with there presence on the debate stage as well. While they are physically present on the debate stage, they almost might as well not be. Delaney, Hickenlooper, Bullock, and Ryan all have lost their place for one reason or another. For Delaney and Ryan, they both have been absolutely owned during the first two debates, with Elizabeth Warren even questioning why John Delaney is running for President. For Bullock and Hickenlooper, they both seem like they are not left enough for today’s Democratic Party. All four of these gentlemen will soon find that the political establishment will straight up reject them because they are too moderate for today’s Democratic voters. This is the unfortunate reality that not only Democrats, but Americans have to face. 


The second round of debates, as Andrew Yang coined it on the first night was “the most boring football game in history.” Both nights of debate had several exchanges that went on for way to long, along with CNN trying way too hard to make sure that everyone got a word or two in on a topic. Even though every candidate wants to be heard (and deserves to) on a topic to get there proposals out there, it becomes monotonous when everyone on stage pretty much has the same general ideas on things healthcare or immigration. On top of this, the debate moderators failed to keep candidate on topic, often missing opportunities to get a clear answer out of candidates. It was a complete mess on CNN’s end, and puts their credibility into question. Whenever Bill DeBlasio, of all people, has to try and force an answer out of the front runner of the race, you’re probably doing something wrong.


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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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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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