Who won the PBS Democratic debate last night: In Milwaukee Clinton, Sanders court Blacks, Hispanics
Almost everyone is wondering as to who won the last nightâ€™s Democratic presidential debate? While Republican party has still several presidential hopefuls, the fight among democrats is merely between two people, Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Till merely a couple of weeks ago, not many people were well aware of the 74-year old Bernie Sanders. But things have undergone sea change in this period. Not just he tied with former secretary of state in Iowa, he went on to beat her with huge margin in New Hampshire primary.
This has not just changed the whole democratic presidential nomination, but has made the task very challenging for Hillary Clinton. She was thought to have bagged the nomination, almost. Now no one is sure. Bernie Sanders has thrown a tough challenge before her and given his increasing popularity among youths, he is emerging as an equally probable democrat choice for White House.
In the last nightâ€™s debate both Clinton and Sanders were in their elements.
Many people said Sanders has no support base among Blacks and Hispanics. He used last nightâ€™s debate to convey his message to those sections of the American population. In the debate Sanders highlighted the need to tackle alleged systematic discrimination that has taken a disproportionate toll on the finances and basic rights of ethnic minority groups during the country’s economic crisis.
While speaking during the debate he said, “As I understand it, the African-American community lost half of their wealth as a result of the Wall Street collapse,” adding that the country’s Latino and Hispanic population were also hit hard by the 2007-2008 recession.
This must be a terrifying idea for Clintonâ€™s camp. She has been claiming minority support. Clinton responded with her own assertion saying “African-Americans … face discrimination in the job market, education, housing and the criminal justice system”.
Hillary Clintonâ€™s challenger seems to be targeting her voters. Sanders’ statement appears to be buttressed by a number of reports and corroborated by Census Bureau data, which showed that black median net worth decreased by 61 percent between 2005 and 2009, while whites lost 21 percent of their wealth. According to a 2013 report from the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, African-Americans had lost more than half of their wealth since the beginning of the recession through falling homeownership rates and loss of jobs.
â€œThis is as good as Hillary gets. Calm, in command, not patronizing, armed with facts. Best debate performance yet?â€ â€” Doug Heye, former spokesman for Eric Cantor
â€œOnly 48 hours after getting demolished in NH, impressive performance for Hillary Clinton. Better tone. Picked her shots.â€ â€” David Axelrod, former adviser to President Obama
â€œHillary won tonightâ€™s debate by closely aligning herself with Obama… But she also may lose the (general) election because of it.â€ â€” Frank Luntz, conservative pollster