Democratic Candidates Go on Attack During Debate
Six Democratic candidates came out swinging at Wednesday’s debate, just three days before the Nevada Caucuses. Bernie Sanders has a substantial 14 point lead in the Nevada polls and is the current Democratic frontrunner for the nomination.
Former New York City mayor and billionaire Mike Bloomberg, who entered the race in November 2019, made his first appearance on the debate stage. Rising in the polls before the debate, Bloomberg, a moderate, has been looked at as a potential challenger to front-runner Bernie Sanders.
Bloomberg Gets Hit Hard by Opponents
Mayor Bloomberg was the subject of attacks from every angle on his first debate, from his implementation of “stop and frisk” (video) in New York City, to the money he is spending on ads (roughly $7M a day), to his treatment of women in the workplace. Bloomberg’s responses were shaky, as acknowledged by his campaign team, and political analysts generally said the debate was a disaster for his campaign.
During a heated moment, Senator Elizabeth Warren confronted Bloomberg, saying, "I'd like to talk about who we’re running against… A billionaire who calls women 'fat broads' and 'horse-faced lesbians,' and no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg."
Bernie Holds His Ground
Bernie Sanders stuck to his pitch, and other than Mayor Bloomberg calling him a “communist”, he came out for the most part untouched. As it stands, Senator Sanders is striding into the Nevada Caucuses with a 14 point lead and momentum.
Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar Spar
Buttigieg and Klobuchar, who are jockeying for support in the moderate lane, had a testy exchange on Wednesday, in which Buttigieg questioned Klobuchar’s competence after she had recently failed to remember the name of Mexico’s president. Klobuchar attacked Buttigieg’s lack of experience.
(Video of Debate Highlights)
What to watch moving forward
Nevada Caucuses, Saturday Feb. 22.
South Carolina Primary, Saturday Feb. 29.
Super Tuesday, Mar. 3: 14 states will hold primaries on the same day.