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We break down the first round of Democratic Debate including the candidates, the issues and the debate format.  Who has the presidential gravitas?  Who is likable?  Who delivered on their brand image?  Who had a necessary grasp of the policies?

I give each candidate a grade based on how well they performed on stage in the Democratic Debate.  My grades address their energy, likability and command on stage.  I didn’t grade them as I like them.  If I did, they would all be begging me to grade them on a curve!

I also share my own opinions on the candidates and the
issues.  I express my concern of their
heavy-handed policies, many of which actually damage their own stated higher
purpose of democracy.  I also reflect on
many of their policies in the context of our inalienable right of life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness.

We cover a wide range of issues in the Democratic Debate including long form discussions, arbitrary state power, constitutional governance, foreign policy, education, immigration, reproductive rights, prescription drug pricing, Big Lebowski, shrinking middle class, Afghanistan War, breaking up corporations, social democracy, The View, climate change, Amazon, corporate taxes, working class, hot mics, college affordability, college debt, free markets, tariffs, tax policy, Christianity, racial equality, democratic socialism, medicare, healthcare, inalienable rights, stagnant wages, Wall St, gun control, public option, Barack Obama, moderates, candidate appearance, politician uniforms, Kaiser Permanente, MSNBC, Ronald Reagan, Walter Mondale, #YangGang.

We discuss each candidate including Julian Castro, Amy
Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, Bill DeBlasio, Kamala Harris, Pete
Butigieg, Bernie Sanders, Kirstin Gillibrand, Eric Swalwell, Michael Bennet,
Marianne Williamson, Joe Biden, John Hickenlooper, Andrew Yang, John Delaney,
Jay Inslee, Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke and Tim Ryan.

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English
United States
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