Democratic Debates Thoughts & Opinions

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Did you watch any of the Democratic debates the last two nights? I watched and thought I’d share some of my thoughts and opinions. Most of my feelings of who I already somewhat liked (Bernie, Yang, Gabbard, Warren) haven’t really changed, even though I think some of them did better than others at the debates. Yang didn’t get to speak much and wasn’t high energy, so didn’t stand out to me in the debates, but if you listen to his longer interviews or read his book, he has some very important issues to bring up whether you agree with UBI (universal basic income) or not.

Bernie was Bernie as he always is. I think he did ok, although I’m not sure I entirely agree with just scrapping all medical insurance at once and forcing people onto Medicare. I think most people would choose Medicare over their high priced commercial insurance, but I don’t like the idea of forcing people to give up their insurance if they actually do like it.

I personally prefer the idea of a public option beginning the transition to (hopefully) a single payer system eventually. If you try to force Americans to do something, even something for their own good, many will likely hate it. Getting medical insurance off the backs of companies would be a good thing though and hopefully lead to higher wages if the companies don’t have to shoulder the health insurance burden.

Warren did ok too. I like Warren some, but she often comes across to me as one of the weakest leftists who too easily bows to the pressure of the system. I don’t trust she will fight for us like Bernie would, although I hope I am wrong, especially if she does somehow end up with the nomination.

I thought Gabbard and Harris both came across well in the debates. I like the show of strong women. I do have issues with Kamala’s past record on poor criminal justice reform and her support of the private prison system. If it weren’t for those things, I would likely warm up to her more. She does seem intelligent and confident, which is appealing.

Biden didn’t do himself many favors, at least in my opinion. Part of the problem of having such a long history in politics is being held responsible for your past actions and words, which can often make Biden look pretty bad. The accusations of past support of racists were especially interesting (coming from Kamala). Biden’s involvement with the Obama administration can be both good and bad, depending upon the subject, but since I don’t buy into the “Saint Obama” narrative, I see some issues there too.

I did feel bad for a few of the candidates that barely got to speak, but I know they try to give the most time to those who are polling higher (or who the establishment wants to push). Do you have a favorite of the bunch?

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26 thoughts on “Democratic Debates Thoughts & Opinions

    1. Hmmm, I didn’t see it that way. I don’t know about the truth of her accusations, but if there is truth to them, I can see why she would want to bring that up. I kind of feel like if your past comes back to bite you, that is kind of just how actions and consequences work.

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      1. Biden has been around a long time. He’s going to be called out for 30 years of decisions but Ridding ourselves of Trump is the bottom line. I don’t think Harris is the one. As I said a good day for Trump because he’s not afraid of Harris.

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      2. I do agree that mostly attacking each other would not be good. However, as a black woman, I can see why Harris would have been extremely disappointed to see Biden seemingly supporting segregation back in the day, even if many years ago. That is a rough bad choice to get over.

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  1. I chose not to watch it as I already have depression… Thank you for your clear synopsis. As an American, brought up in Europe, now back in America, I truly feel that it would be almost impossible to create a universal health care system in this country at this time. We should focus on strengthening what we do have (Medicaid and Medicare), then putting some legal limits on the private health care companies/drug companies. They seem to be operating like the Mafia, in my humble opinion. I wish we had a truly moderate Democrat full of sensible ideas with no baggage.

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    1. I can understand your feelings! Politics sure can make you depressed! I agree that the steps you suggested would help a lot too. I don’t think it will be a sudden change, even if Bernie did get into the white house. I don’t think he would be the kind to do it by executive order, and I can’t see congress passing it.

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      1. By nature I am left leaning and always worked for non-profits connected to the NHS in the UK. It feels like an Orwellian nightmare living here but only recently did I realize who poles apart the American people are, ideologically, from each other and the world. My worst fear is that our current President will be re-elected. Mitt Romney now seems like a saint…

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  2. Not my circus, but I note that across the West it seems plain awful in terms of those seeking office. In my view the only decent western leader at present is Jacinda Adern of NZ.

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