The first democratic debate was always about Elizabeth Warren, and she took the initiative with the first question.
The US Senator from Massachusetts posed a question to the economy with the words, "It's going great for a thinner and thinner at the top," say the drug and oil companies at the expense of African Americans.
And the healthy bite: "That's just plain corruption. "
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The next candidates offered variations of the same theme. Amy Klobuchar, who proposed a free community college, was the first to attack President Trump. Beto O'Rourke said, "This economy must work for everyone" before breaking into Spanish ̵
The MSNBC moderators did not evenly distribute the time to the 10 candidates in Miami. Warren got several questions in the first half hour and showed a keen sense of beating American companies.
Too many big companies, she said, are just worried about profits and are moving jobs quickly to Mexico, Canada or Asia. At another point, Warren said she called "the monopolists."
The Senator also gave a passionate answer as to why she supported Medicare for All – but the question of why it was okay to do away with private insurance for 150 was completely gone millions of Americans. Even when she ate a second apple bite last year and complained that the insurance companies were withdrawing "$ 23 billion in profits from the system," there was no effort to force them to give up their private cover.
That was a key weakness of the MSNBC approach. Lester Holt and Savannah Guthrie posed questions about the bread-and-butter policy, but only made a few token attempts under strict time constraints to pressure the candidates who ignored the thrust of their questions. O'Rourke would not answer if he supported a tax rate of 70 percent, even if his fudge was exposed.
The moderators never really challenged the candidates in the first hour. Holt and Guthrie did not ask for restrictions on late abortion. They did not say, "Hey, does not a country need border control?" They did not say, "Hey, are you really going to blow up private health insurance for a government program?" The whole debate was certainly conducted in the context of liberal orthodoxy.
(In the second lesson Chuck Todd Rachel Maddow, a liberal opinion leader, read scripted questions, but the lines were straightforward: "Are you doing enough to mobilize black and Latin American voters?")
The Democrats vied with each other for their passion to protect the right to abortion, but could not compete with Warren, who said they could not. Rely on the courts, and Congress must Roe v. Wade in federal laws.
In these and other questions, the candidates literally played on their own Republican or I-dependent persons who may not subscribe to the leftist line. Some of them sounded like proponents of open borders or pretty close.
There were only debates among the candidates, such as a dedusting on the illegal immigration between O & Rourke and Julian Castro, which became incomprehensible when they quoted sections of various laws.
I was slightly surprised that there was not any Trump bashing, except for the occasional beatings. But the group had decided together that it was more important to push their policies forward and introduce themselves to the television audience.
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If there was a dark horse in Miami as a strong debater, it was Bill de Blasio, but unfortunately for him, even the majority of New Yorker did not want him running.
In fact, Gabbard's sister tweeted about her account: "It's clear who wants to become MSNBC president: Elizabeth Warren. They have more time for them than any other candidate together. "(That was literally wrong.)
Partly because of this boost, Warren was the winner in several points. She was fresh and self-confident, had a consistent theme – companies ruined America – and nobody shot at her. She was terrified when asked about school shootings.
Warren was lucky in the lottery and the other top contenders – Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg and Harris – were scheduled for Thursday night. And she took this opportunity.