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Tag Archives: Democratic Presidential Debates

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Democratic Party says Fox Noise Channel won’t be a media partner for any 2020 debates

Fox Noise Channel — which has been described at times as an arm of the Republican National Committee as well as the parent company of the Trump White House — won’t be hosting any Democratic presidential debates in 2020, party Chair Tom Perez says.

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Smooth move, Democrats! Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to debate in Flint, Michigan

Having yielded to the Democratic presidential candidates’ desire for more debates, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced today that the party is officially sanctioning an eighth debate, which will appropriately be held in the city of Flint, Michigan, which is suffering from a lead poisoning crisis resulting from Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s takeover of the city.

The debate will be carried by CNN.

“Our Democratic candidates have run spirited campaigns focused on how to best move our country forward, and our upcoming debate in Flint, Michigan is a critical setting to highlight what’s at stake in these elections,” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a CNN-distributed statement. “This debate is an opportunity to elevate the very serious issues facing the residents of Flint, and it’s also an opportunity to remind voters what Democratic leadership can do for the economy — so that everyone in America has a fair shot.”

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Edward Snowden says Hillary Clinton’s bogus statements show a “lack of political courage”

“Hillary Clinton twice this week has insisted, contrary to the facts, that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden could have accomplished his goals and avoided punishment if he’d raised his concerns through the proper channels,” writes The Intercept‘s Jenna McLaughlin.

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It was impossible not to feel a sense of relief watching the Democratic debate after months dominated by the Republican circus of haters, ranters and that very special group of king killers in Congress. For those despairing about the future of American politics, here was proof that it doesn’t have to revolve around candidates who pride themselves on knowing nothing or believe that governing is all about destroying government.

The grown-ups take the stage at the Democratic debate (The New York Times)

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Read the full transcript of the first 2016 Democratic presidential debate, courtesy of CNN

CNN has published a complete transcript of last night’s presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, and Jim Webb.

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Take that, Republicans: Democratic debate livestream outdraws GOP debate

According to CNN, the “first Democratic debate of the season scored a bigger online audience than its first Republican debate, according to the network’s internal measurements.”

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By far, the best moment of tonight’s Democratic presidential debate came when Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont tore into the nation’s big media conglomerates for obsessing about Hillary Clinton’s emails and neglecting the real issues. Sanders’ powerful answer to a loaded question from Anderson Cooper got a standing ovation, and he and Clinton both exchanged big smiles and handshakes.