Who won the Democratic debate? Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders remain shadowed by ex First Lady
The debate tends to take longer time than usually planned. But Democratic debate seemed to be devoid of much interest last night. So far in the Democratic primary debates 2015, Hilly Clinton has stood head and shoulder above all others.
This time the Paris terrorist attack prompted the Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, to attack former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who had voted in favor of attack on Iraq. It is needless to say that neither Sanders nor former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley were able to make much of impression in the fight that ended eight minutes earlier than planned.
In contrast to the second Democratic primary debate, Republican primary debates tend to be more lively, aggressive and heated. Though the first three debates were low on substance and high on rhetoric, the fourth debate actually touched almost all the important issues including economy, foreign relations, healthcare and immigration reform.
There is no denying the fact that the all three spoke rather well and had their valid points, nonetheless as no one came with a sort of marquee performance, the initiative remains solidly with Hillary Clintonâ€™s camp who seems to be head and shoulders ahead of her challengers.
One thing that must be accepted is the fact that Sanders came off stronger than usual against the party’s front-runner, calling her out on campaign contributions from Wall Street donors, tepid support for raising the minimum wage and her 2003 vote backing the invasion of Iraq. More than 600 people had named Sanders the debate winner in a C-SPAN Facebook poll shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday compared with 200 for Clinton. Nonetheless he is far from taking any meaningful advantage of this somewhat better performance.
He said that Iraq invasion was the root cause of instability across the Middle East and added, “I’d argue that the disastrous invasion of Iraq, something that I strongly opposed, unravelled the region immensely, and led to the rise of al-Qaeda and to ISIL”. He was speaking at Saturday’s debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
If that was not enough, a very impressive looking Sanders said, â€œI don’t think any sensible person would disagree that the invasion of Iraq led to the massive level of instability we are seeing right now.â€
Sanders did very well when it came to economic issues but appeared to falter on foreign policy, an especially important issue the day after a series of Islamic State group attacks in Paris killed about 130 people and injured more than 300 others. Despite making some remarks, he was unimpressive on the issue that was being widely discussed across the globe. On the other hand, this is something that is the forte of Clinton.