The first Democratic presidential debate for the 2016 election campaign saw former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders trying to outrival one another. Among the other contenders participating in the debate were former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, and former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee.
Clinton has had an impressive standing in national polls and fundraising, and has also won majority of endorsements from Democrats. Notwithstanding the controversy over using her personal email account for official business while she served in the capacity of secretary of state that has elicited questions that could potentially affect her campaign, she emerged as the clear winner of the debate. Her preparation, composure and charm outweighed all the contenders looking to make an impression. David Lawler from the Telegraph said it was the “strongest debate performance I have ever seen her deliver, and probably the best of the 2016 campaign on either side of the aisle.”
Five ThirtyEight highlights that the former secretary of state mentioned Republicans more than all the other contenders combined. “We cannot afford for a Republican to succeed President Obama as president of the United States,” Clinton said. “I would not ask anyone to ask to vote for me based on my last name,” Clinton said.
Her chances of succeeding in the Democratic nomination upped by 3 percent post debate. Sanders’, on the other hand, remain unchanged.
Although Sanders’ powerful campaign has surged him in the front in New Hampshire polls and brought him close to Clinton in Iowa, he struggled with answers about foreign policy.
Television and radio host, Ed Schultz, who is campaigning for Sanders, said that he thinks that Sanders “won the debate,” as reported by the Telegraph. “He was very solid on all the answers he gave, especially on answers about Wall Street and campaign finance reform, how the middle class is getting butchered. He had the guts to stand up and call for a political revolution and we haven’t seen that for a long time,” Schultz said.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump published a series of tweets in response to the Democratic debate. Trump said that O’Malley has “very little chance,” while also writing about Chafee, “Can anyone imagine Chafee as president? No way.”
You can view the tweets here.
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