Guardian: Who won the Democratic debate? Our panelists' verdict

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    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/16/who-won-the-democratic-debate-our-panelists-verdict
    Arwa Mahdawi: ‘Warren is the frontrunner and Sanders was on fire’

    Tuesday’s crammed stage meant real debate was impossible and, with the exception of a few heated disagreements, it was basically a conga line of predictable soundbites. Indeed, by the end of the night Anderson Cooper gave up any attempt at real substance and rounded things off with a question about “your most unexpected friend”. Think I had that as a homework assignment when I was 12.

    Perhaps the clearest takeaway of the night is that Elizabeth Warren is now the frontrunner. She spent the evening on the defensive as the rest of the candidates took swipes at her. While she displayed extraordinary restraint in the face of some excruciating mansplaining (Beto O’Rourke calling her “punitive” felt like a politer version of “nasty woman”) it wasn’t her strongest performance. She made it too easy for Republicans to call her evasive when it comes to healthcare costs. Warren needs to find a better way to explain that Medicare for All is the most equitable solution, even if taxes are raised.

    I don’t know what meds Bernie Sanders is on, but I’d like some myself. It’s hard to believe he recently had a heart attack; he was bursting with energy, and challenging other Dems to find the guts to stand up to the insurance companies. While Bernie Sanders was on fire Joe Biden seemed rattled; his performance was “expedentially” worse.

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    Biden looks tired most of the time. Reminds me of Reagan’s nap times while in office.

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    Debate coach: A star emerged from the Democratic debate

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/16/opinions/debate-coach-graham-democratic-debate/index.html?no-st=1571268697

    Throughout the three-hour event, Sen. Sanders was consistently sharper than normal, and he outperformed the others, especially Elizabeth Warren, when explaining the financials of his healthcare plan. I liked his attitude about his health: we can judge it by watching him take the campaign by storm. He was the star of the evening.

    Sanders remained firm and defiant when it was called for, asserting that nobody can trust our foreign policy because President Donald Trump is unpredictable. And when Joe Biden heated up toward the end of the debate, saying,”I’m the only one on this stage that has gotten anything really big done,” Sanders was ready to put things in perspective by replying: “You got the disastrous war in Iraq done. You got a bankruptcy bill, which is hurting middle-class families all over this country. You got trade agreements, like NAFTA (The North American Free Trade Agreement) and PNTR (Permanent Normal Trade Relations), with China done, which have cost us 4 million jobs.”

    Overall, Sanders’ nonverbal communication — typically hyper with lots of hand-waving — was reined in, and that served him well. His animation was kept to a minimum, which was smart and effective.

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