Winners and Losers of 3rd Democratic Debate

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Monday, September 16, 2019


Losers: 

Tulsi Gabbard 

While Congresswoman Gabbard was not on the stage that night due to DNC not counting certain polls that would have otherwise gotten her on stage, her presence (or lack thereof) was felt. Her experience in the military, having been motivated to serve after 9/11 would have been an important one to display the day after the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attack. We also missed out on a Harris-Gabbard rematch, which was one of the highlight moments of the last debate. It will be interesting to see if Gabbard qualifies for the October debate. If she doesn’t, her campaign will be in trouble. 

Joe Biden

Joe Biden had a fight on his hands during the third Democratic Debates. While Vice President Biden was getting punched from all sides, Joe swung back. Unfortunately for the former VP, he was shadowboxing. Much of the three-hour debate saw Biden defending many of his proposals along with key votes while he was a Senator and decisions he made while President Obama’s VP. One of the highlight moments of the night was when former HUD Secretary Julian Castro went after Biden over his planned proposals on medicare. Castro went after Biden for contradicting himself when discussing his own plan, in which Biden reacted like a child who just had his candy taken away from him. It is safe to say, Biden did not have a good night and we may see a big dip in the polls within the next few weeks. 

Democratic Party Voters 

With a tightening field due to strict guidelines from the DNC, primary voters from the Democratic Party are seeing less and less viable candidates grace the debate stage. While polling has essentially kicked to the curb every moderate Democrat in the race, Democrats are now left to choose who is the most likeable socialist in the field. It can be argued that the Democrats have no electable Democrats at this point in this race, in terms of bringing in Independents and Republicans during the general election. Democratic voters are going to have to really push the DNC to do better when it comes to the primary process in order to ensure the right Democrat for the party and for the country gets the nomination next summer. 

Winners: 

Elizabeth Warren & Bernie Sanders 

Both Senator Sanders and Senator Warren had good performances during the third edition of the 2020 Democratic Debates. They were not outstanding, but they were certainly the best out of the four front runners (the others being Biden and Harris). Both Warren and Sanders stayed with their usual talking points, while also continuing to go after Vice President Biden over his proposals, especially over healthcare. While they did not have the most glamorous performances, the two Senators, who have almost identical platforms, are inching ever closer to take over Joe Biden as the front runners in the race. To do this, they may have to do something more original to stand out from the rest of the pack. But for now, they are in a decent spot. 

Andrew Yang

The leader of the YangGang had an interesting night at the debates. He started out by announcing that he will be giving 10 families $1,000 a month for the next year during the introductions. Then his name wasn’t called upon for another hour. Despite having the least amount of time spoken throughout the three-hour debate, Yang garnered the loudest applause of any of the candidates on stage during the debate. He even went on to be the second most tweeted about candidate during the debates, along with the second most googled candidate. Mainstream media intentionally leaving out Andrew Yang on polling charts (causing a #YangMediaBlackOut hashtag to blow up) may actually be a blessing in disguise for the entrepreneur from New York, and can potentially propel him to a solid top five polling spot soon. 

Donald J. Trump & the RNC

Trump and the RNC, for the second time in three debates, are the winners of the Houston Democratic Debates. The line of attack towards the incumbent President seemed repetitive and unmoving to the Houston crowd. There were also many soundbites by the Democrats on stage that Trump and the RNC can use for future advertising. 

The Democrats did Republicans a favor with such a poor debate showing. Democrats did nothing to separate themselves, and often seemed like their number one goal is more concentrated on defeating President Trump, rather than putting down actual plans that would help the American people. 

 

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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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