I have never been more proud to be a Democrat than I was tonight. The CNN Democratic Debate between all the candidates was constructive, respectful, and full of hope. Even more importantly, it felt like a family up there discussing different points of views on some of America’s hottest topics.
All candidates have, or had, elected government positions – not some Hitler-loving surgeon with a pipe-dream of being president who has no clue what the debt ceiling is about, or a man who has solved his financial problems by filing bankruptcy…. three times! During the entire debate, where was no name-calling, no belittling, and no attacking – even though Anderson Cooper did try on several occasions to get something going, none of the candidates would bite. To the contrary, one of Cooper’s poking and prodding moments, in regards to Hillary’s email scandal, came back to bite him in the ass. Senator Bernie Sanders, obviously annoyed with this topic, said, "The American people are sick and tired of hearing about [Hillary Clinton’s] emails."
Bernie Sanders is also “sick & tired” hearing about Hillary Clinton “damn emails!”
Thank you, Bernie, for putting that out there. You pretty much stopped Anderson Cooper in his tracks as he clearly wanted to carry on about the emails – which I honestly don’t know what else Hillary would be able to say. The matter is in the proper hands, she has turned over everything possible, what is the reason for the continual discussion of these damn emails? Probably ratings. But there was nothing else she would have been able to add to that topic.
Cooper would even try to egg on a candidate by quoting an opposing view from another one of the candidates and ask him what they thought. You know, the type of question that starts out "so-and-so said this about you, what is your response to so-and-so." Rather than asking for the candidate to elaborate and explain themselves, Cooper wanted the candidate under fire to reply directly to the other candidate – basically attempting to rouse a cat fight between the candidates. Contrary to Cooper’s effort, it didn’t work. These candidates are above that and will not buy into Cooper’s slimy tactics.
For the most part, the Democrat candidates agreed on a large amount of the issues – it’s how the solutions would be implemented that varies. The discussion about guns and the NRA was about the hottest it got, with Bernie taking a bit of a kick in the rear for his previous voting which favored the NRA (that factoid did surprise me). This is a perfect example of what our government should be like both within a party and across party lines.
Full transcript of the debate here.