The battle for the top seat at the white house has officially commenced with about ten candidates taking the stage on Wednesday night for the first Democratic Party primaries debate.
This was merely the first part of the debate, the second part of the debate comprising of another ten candidates held Thursday night.
The reason for this split is as a result of the sheer number of candidates vying for the position of the office of the President of the United State of America (the most powerful office in the world). So in order to prevent rowdiness and unnecessary bickering, the DNC (the Democratic National Convention) split the about twenty candidates into two belts to debate on different nights.
You may wonder why there are so many candidates vying for the post of the presidency of the United States. The truth is that most of these candidates believe they can actually take on Donald Trump and beat him at his game.
Most of them candidates have no love for Donald Trump, they see him as divisive and unstable, and not to forget the fact that Donald Trump is deeply unpopular in many parts of the United States of America. They also think that he is easily beatable (which I disagree).
This debate was just the beginning of a journey to the nomination of the preferred candidate that would represent the Democratic Party in taking on Donald Trump in the 2020 elections.
So here are a few notes I learned from the debate on Wednesday Night:
Elizabeth Warren who is a senator in the United State Congress representing the state of Massachusetts still remains a top contender in the first batch of debaters. She was passionate and articulate in the debate. She gave the impression of someone willing to fight for and on behalf of American People, although she fizzled out a bit towards the end. She is the candidate that actually has proposed different policies for different economic and social challenges facing America. Although some critics say that these policies are too radical and progressive and that most of her policies would wreck the American economy.
Cory Booker who is black senator in the United State Congress representing the State of New Jersey also put a good showing on Wednesday Night. He gave a deeply passionate speech on gun violence rocking America currently. According to Google trends, he was the most searched name on Google after the debate.
Julian Castro also sort of had a moment during the debate. He especially had a moment when he bickered with Beto’O Rourke over the decriminalization of immigration in America. Statistics showed that his name search on Google increased more than any other candidate.
While other candidates like Amy Kloubouchar, Jay Inslee, Tim Ryan Tulsi Gabbard, Bill Deblasio, John Delaney were just there, they didn’t have a break out moment in my opinion. I usually call them the 1 per centers. They usually have little or no chance to win the democratic presidential ticket. The most disappointing was actually Beto O Rourke, the guy that almost beat Ted Cruz (Republican) in the run for the Texas US Senatorial Seat in 2018.
The debate continues Thursday night and would be fascinating to watch as the top contenders like Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders amongst others will be up to take the debate stage. A review of how that debate went down will be published next week.
By: Seun Adebisi