Bernie Won the Debate

CNN debate poll

I know the media are going all out to claim that Hillary Clinton won the debate. Hillary held on and did well, but she didn’t win. Bernie Sanders won the polls, raked in the campaign contributions, and reached many more voters with his message (15 million people watched the debate).

In the debate, Bernie was the only candidate who identified climate change as the number one national security threat (not Russia, not ISIS, not China).

Remember when the USA PATRIOT Act passed the Senate 99-1? Last night Bernie proudly reminded us that he was the one vote against it. Hillary is still defending the USA PATRIOT Act.

Hillary doesn’t want to bring back Glass–Steagall. Lincoln Chafee said he didn’t even know what the Glass-Steagall Act was when he voted to repeal it.

Oh, and Jim Webb killed a guy in Vietnam. That was an awkward thing to bring up in a presidential debate, but it does carry commander-in-chief cred.

More info:
Ignore the Media Pundits: Bernie Sanders Won the First Democratic Debate
DC insiders think Bernie Sanders lost the debate. Here’s why they might be wrong.
CNN Focus Group Says Bernie Sanders Won The First Democratic Debate
Frank Luntz Focus Group Agrees: Bernie Sanders Won Debate
All Marco Rubio Heard At Last Night’s Debate Was ‘Free Stuff’

UPDATE:
Bernie Won All the Focus Groups & Online Polls, So Why Is the Media Saying Hillary Won the Debate?

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on October 14, 2015 - 10:38 am

    Excellent compilation of how Americans actually thought the debate went Richard! The CNN screenshot is precious. :)

    I thought Anderson Cooper did very well, with tough questions, but the undisputed money quote obviously came from Sanders, “damn E-mails”, which was brilliant and even got a Walter Mondale-eske laugh-out-loud from his opponent, as in the famous Ronald Reagan “youth and inexperience” moment. It will definitely be seen, literally, from now on in every American debate montage.

    Perfection!

    The best closing statement went to Martin O’Malley, hands down. Everybody can agree on that!

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on October 14, 2015 - 10:54 am

    The only thing Hillary has is her argument that she can get things done, because she has all the banking and corporate money behind her. I’m sure she wouldn’t put it that way, but that’s what it is.

    The other “in”, she thinks she can run on is Sanders slow embrace of tough gun laws, which actually gives him a little toe in the door of the gun people. Of course he D+ rating with the NRA doesn’t help, but I think Americans are finally getting fed up with that organization. Even People Magazine published congressional phone numbers to call and complain about our weak gun laws.

    • #3 by Richard Warnick on October 14, 2015 - 11:17 am

      All a presidential candidate can realistically promise is to attend the funerals of all the mass-shooting victims. President Obama might issue an executive order on background checks, which begs the question- if this was possible all along, why wait so many years to do it?

      • #4 by Larry Bergan on October 14, 2015 - 11:40 am

        Obama, other great presidents, and now Sanders have been saying all along that in order for them to be effective, they need massive in-the-street kind of support to really get things done. Otherwise, everybody just sits home and watches “news” that is, sadly, dependent on commercial enterprise profits. Obama could hurt the democratic party by jumping in and changing gun laws when the media and the NRA are still as powerful as they are.

        Something has to be done about that problem. Sanders brought it up last night for a moment and risks getting Dean-screamed, over, and over, and over.

        You know the drill.

        After watching your Frank Luntz forum video – Frank Luntz for crying out loud -, showing how fast people can change their minds when they see Sanders in action, I can’t help but think things are really changing and people are finally getting it.

        First time I ever “liked” anything having to do with Fox “news” on YouTube. It’s your fault Richard! :)

  3. #5 by Larry Bergan on October 14, 2015 - 6:38 pm

    I don’t think the cable “news” channels should be able to sequester our national debates. I can’t get an internet in my neighborhood that goes faster then 1.2 Mbps. I usually don’t have any trouble getting YouTube videos to run in a very respectable resolution without hanging, but every national news site runs extremely bad. I went to the union center last night to make sure I didn’t miss the show and they almost couldn’t get the feed there to work.

    There should be a requirement that these networks make the full debates available in all different formats the day after the debate. How are we supposed to even discuss them.

    Here’s a guy who’s going to be keeping his job at CNN. Jeremy Diamond did this piece of tripe about the debate titled:

    CNN/Facebook Democratic debate winners and losers“.

    WINNER

    Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton proved without a doubt Tuesday night why she is the Democratic Party’s presidential front-runner.

    Clinton remained unflappable throughout the debate, showcasing her political experience and her command of the issues — all the while deftly handling criticism of her flip-flops and displaying a humor that put a more human face to her oft-criticized candidacy.

  4. #6 by Larry Bergan on October 18, 2015 - 5:19 pm

    Pundits carry too much weight.

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