Where Democrats stand after the Ohio Debate

Grading each Candidate based off their performance in the fourth Democratic Debate and ranking how likely they will be to win the Democratic Party nomination.

By: Hayden Cunningham

Tom Steyer

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“Every candidate here is more decent, more coherent, and more patriotic than the criminal in the White House.”

Never heard of him. Apparently Steyer is an old, white billionaire hedge fund capitalist. He’s exactly what the Warren’s and Sanders’ of the party hates. But hey, he’s a democrat. His main policy is impeachment, as he’s spent millions of dollars on advertisements advocating for the impeachment of Donald Trump. Still waiting for him to explain the crimes the President committed. His main problem is no one knows who he is and no one cares.

GRADE: F

Amy Klobuchar

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“This wasn’t meddling. That’s what I do when I call my daughter on a Saturday night and ask her what she’s doing. (*points to her daughter*) Sorry.”

“Pennsylvania and in Michigan and in Wisconsin and all over Ohio and in Iowa, because I think we need to build a blue Democratic wall around those states and make Donald Trump pay for it.”

First of all, cringe. She’s trying too hard to be relatable that she no longer comes off as a leader. Secondly, the quote above is ironic. You had the blue wall and lost it in 2016 to Donald Trump. Klobuchar is the mom on stage, and while she may be more well spoken than others, she provides no evidence that she is fit to lead.

GRADE: F

Julian Castro

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“This president is caging kids on the border and effectively letting ISIS prisoners run free.”

“You know, some of the most interesting friendships that I’ve had have been with people different from me, either people older than me that had a lot to teach me, or people who grew up very different from me. “

The final question of the night, asking candidates to share a relationship they had that would surprise voters, proved why Castro doesn’t belong on stage as he was unable to name one. Castro should not have been on the main debate stage in the first place, and it is a surprise he made it. He is weak on substance as he remains another candidate that places race and personal experiences at the forefront of his campaign.

GRADE: F

Corey Booker

“…not defining ourselves just by what we’re against, but we need to win this election by talking about who and what we are for. “

“Well, first of all, I just want to be respond by — you know, we’ve got one shot to make Donald Trump a one-term president. And how we talk about each other in this debate actually really matters. “

“Well, look, I again, worry about how we talk to each other and about each other and what this last week has shown. There was a young man in my neighborhood, I watched him grow up. I lived in some high-rise projects with him named Shahad, and he was murdered on my block last year with an assault rifle.”

“And I want to say one last thing, and I feel qualified to say this as the vegan on the stage. Going back to the fact that we — it’s rich to me that we asked three people about their health when looking at this stage we know that the most unhealthy person running for the presidency in 2020 is Donald Trump.”

There’s always that one person on stage that makes the argument “we shouldn’t attack each other, we should attack the other party.” Booker spent the entire night either voicing this argument or telling some personal story. You’re not Barack Obama, stop trying to be. You do not have the natural charisma and appeal he had in 2008.

GRADE: F

Kamala Harris

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“I’ll give them 100 days to pull their act together, put a bill on my desk for signature, and if they don’t, I will take executive action and put in place a comprehensive background check requirement and ban the importation of assault weapons into our country because it is time to act.”

“We saw in El Paso that that shooter in his manifesto was informed by how Donald Trump uses that platform, and this is a matter of corporate responsibility. Twitter should be held accountable and shut down that site. It is a matter of safety and corporate accountability.”

“…Well, join me — join me in saying that his Twitter account should be shut down.”

“Dude got to go.”

Several embarrassing statements were made by Harris on the debate stage. Demanding Warren join her in trying to shut down the President’s Twitter is embarrassing. Saying “dude got to go” is meme-worthy. And she still has yet to resolve her foggy history as a prosecutor.

GRADE: F

Tulsi Gabbard

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“…Not only that, but the New York Times and CNN have also smeared veterans like myself for calling for an end to this regime change war. Just two days ago, the New York Times put out an article saying that I’m a Russian asset and an Assad apologist and all these different smears. This morning, a CNN commentator said on national television that I’m an asset of Russia. Completely despicable.”

“Donald Trump has the blood of the Kurds on his hand.”

I guess Gabbard knows how it feels to be accused of colluding with Russia. Also her Syrian comment is absurd based on the fact that she would remove troops as well but didn’t like the way President Trump did it (almost everyone on stage would’ve done the same as the President. They just didn’t want to admit it.). Gabbard’s just a pretty face on stage. Her attempts to use her military background have failed her. Going after CNN and the New York Times was pretty gutsy. I’ll give her that.

GRADE: D

Beto O’Rourke

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“As president, he lied to investigators, obstructed justice, fired James Comey, head of the FBI, tried to fire Mueller, head of the investigation, then invited President Zelensky to involve himself in our politics, as well as China, in exchange for favorable trade terms in an upcoming trade deal.”

“(to Warren) I just want to know if working families are going to see a tax increase.”

“But in addition, y ademas…”

“Look, we’re going to make sure that the priority is saving the lives of our fellow Americans. I think almost everyone on this stage agrees that it’s not right and as president would seek to ban the sale of AR-15s and AK-47s. Those are weapons of war. They were designed to kill people effectively, efficiently on a battlefield. You mentioned the massacre in Dayton. Nine people killed in under 40 seconds. In El Paso, Texas, 22 were killed in under three minutes. And the list goes on throughout the country.”

“We don’t go door to door to do anything in this country to enforce the law. I expect Republicans, Democrats, gun-owners, non-gun-owners alike to respect and follow the law. … If someone does not turn in an AR-15 or an AK-47, one of these weapons of war, or brings it out in public and brandishes it in an attempt to intimidate, as we saw when we were at Kent State recently, then that weapon will be taken from them. If they persist, they will be other consequences from law enforcement.”

O’Rourke continued his political suicide in the fourth debate. Failing to admit how he will take everyone’s guns, speaking in Spanish just to pander… again, etc. He did, however, go after Warren much like Biden did. O’Rourke, like everyone else, knows that Warren is a clear threat to them in the primary. The one thing that O’Rourke had going for him was the answer to the final question. His story he shared about talking with someone of a different viewpoint than him was the first time he looked like an a resepectable candidate.

GRADE: D

Andrew Yang

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“So we need to decriminalize opiates for personal use. We have to let the country know this is not a personal failing. This was a systemic government failing. And then we need to open up safe consumption and safe injection sites around the country, because they save lives.”

“But we also have to be realistic that competition doesn’t solve all the problems. It’s not like any of us wants to use the fourth best navigation app. That would be like cruel and unusual punishment. There is a reason why no one is using Bing today. Sorry, Microsoft. It’s true.”

“And a wealth tax makes a lot of sense in principle. The problem is that it’s been tried in Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, and all those countries ended up repealing it, because it had massive implementation problems and did not generate the revenue that they’d projected.”

Bigger government, more regulation, fight against monopolies and big industries. These liberal principles define Yang’s campaign. This debate was heavy in policy-based questions and light in social issues, creating an opportunity for Yang to shine. Although he does not receive enough camera time to be a frontrunner, his growing popularity will certainly be appealing to moderate democrats who care more about business-related policies and less about the social problems facing our country.

GRADE C+

Pete Buttigieg

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“I don’t think the American people are wrong when they say that what they want is a choice. And the choice of Medicare for all who want it, which is affordable for everyone, because we make sure that the subsidies are in place, allows you to get that health care. It’s just better than Medicare for all whether you want it or not.”

“But this is really important, because what this president has done shows that American leadership shapes the behavior of our allies, or sometimes allies, too. Remember, the problem right now is not just that — with our competitors. And, for example a place like China, the people of Hong Kong rise up for democracy and don’t get a peep of support from the president. It’s just not the behavior of adversaries like Russia.”

“That’s right. When I proposed reforming the Supreme Court, some folks said that was too bold to even contemplate. Now, I’m not talking about packing the court just with people who agree with me, although I certainly will appoint people who share my values, for example, the idea that women’s reproductive freedom is an American right.”

Buttigieg emerged as the clear favorite for the members of the party who are not extreme enough for Warren and Sanders and don’t like Biden because of his age. He brought charisma and confidence to the stage. While he is still pretty radical in proposing policies that would fundamentally change the government, he is a watered-down version of the extreme left.

A confident debater, Buttigeg is appealing and well-spoken. However who he is and who he promotes himself to be are two different things. Buttigeg acts as those he can unify the country and bring peace to American society. He rarely answers questions given to him and rather shifts to whatever he wants to talk about, and he puts up a facade pretending he is not radical. Buttigeg captures this traditional political tactic that Obama relied heavily on to win election. Don’t be fooled.

GRADE: B-

Elizabeth Warren

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“What we’re talking about now is that the people who are denied access to abortion are the poor, are the young, are 14-year-olds who were molested by a family member. And we now have support across this country. Three out of four Americans believe in the rule of Roe v. Wade. When you’ve got three out of four Americans supporting it, we should be able to get that passed through Congress. “

“I know what’s broken. I know how to fix it. And we are building a grassroots movement to get it done that includes everyone. “

Will you raise taxes on the middle class? “So I have made clear what my principles are here, and that is costs will go up for the wealthy and for big corporations, and for hard-working middle-class families, costs will go down. You know, the way I see this is, I have been out all around this country. I’ve done 140 town halls now, been to 27 states and Puerto Rico. Shoot, I’ve done 70,000 selfies, which must be the new measure of democracy.”

Elizabeth Warren is a liar. She lies about her policies and how she will pay for them. Tonight was her chance to pull ahead and take the lead and she failed miserably. She refused to admit that taxes will go up for the middle class under her administration (at least Bernie admits that) and does not admit how we can pay for her enormous policies. Her performance tonight was a bitter disappointment.

GRADE: B

Bernie Sanders

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“I get a little bit tired — I must say — of people defending a system which is dysfunctional, which is cruel, 87 million uninsured, 30,000 people dying every single year, 500,000 people going bankrupt for one reason, they came down with cancer.”

“When you have a half-a-million Americans sleeping out on the street today, when you have 87 people — 87 million people uninsured or under-insured, when you’ve got hundreds of thousands of kids who cannot afford to go to college, and millions struggling with the oppressive burden of student debt, and then you also have three people owning more wealth than the bottom half of American society, that is a moral and economic outrage.”

“I’m healthy. I’m feeling great, but I would like to respond to that question.”

Despite a heath setback, Sanders rebounded greatly and prevented Warren from taking his position as the nominee for the radicals. Sander’s portray of capitalism as greedy and immoral will certainly be appealing to young voters, specially college students. Young voters who lack understanding of economics and who have not been alive during a time where the world watched socialism destroy countries will find Sanders to be the candidate for them… even though his policies will not work and will truthfully be a disaster to the American economy and the society of the country as a whole.

GRADE: B+

Joe Biden

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“Look, one of the reasons I’m running is because of my age and my experience. With it comes wisdom. We need someone to take office this time around who on day one can stand on the world stage, command the respect of world leaders, from Putin to our allies, and know exactly what has to be done to get this country back on track.”

“I would not get into court packing. We had three justices. Next time around, we lose control, they add three justices. We begin to lose any credibility the court has at all.”

“Well, I think their vision is attracting a lot of people, and I think a lot of what they have to say is really important. But, you know, Senator Warren said we can’t be running any vague campaigns. We’ve got to level with people. We’ve got to level with people and tell them exactly what we’re going to do, how we’re going to get it done, and if you can get it done… Well, the senator said — she’s being vague on the issue of — actually, both are being vague on the issue of Medicare for all. No, look, here’s the deal. Come on. It costs $30 trillion. Guess what? That’s over $3 trillion — it’s more than the entire federal budget.”

If you’re a Democrat who’s older, who hates the extremists, who wants business regulation and big change on guns, abortion, etc. then you probably like Joe Biden. Biden is pretty far left and is no means moderate, but by comparison to the rest of the candidates, he is. Joe went after Warren for her lack of clarity in her policies and tried his best to minimize his age. Although he does not provide an appealing option to young voters, Biden is still the frontrunner for the party and will soon see a two-person battle in the primaries with either Warren or Sanders.

GRADE: B+

In Conclusion…

This is an incredibly weak field. The fundamental problem of the Democrats (except maybe Joe Biden) is that they fail to look ahead to the general election. While they all fight for the Democratic nominee, Republican party leaders laugh at the free material they are receiving for attack ads.

The candidates have to step away from Socialism. People today do not know what socialism truly is and how fearful you should be of it. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortzez are advocating for socialistic policies in America. This is something we should run from, not endorse.

Every single person on that stage is too radical. Americans are not going to vote for these policies. If they keep it up, it’s smooth sailing to four more years of Donald Trump.

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