VIDEO: Winners, losers and takeaways from the South Carolina Dem debate

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After Tuesday night’s Democratic Debate in South Carolina, the media has been dissecting the performance of the participants and grading the night.

President Donald J. Trump even offered his critique of the candidates’ performances.

The Hill published a list of  “winners and losers.”

From The Hill:

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Seven Democratic presidential candidates took the stage Tuesday night in Charleston, S.C., for a fiery debate days before the state’s primary on Saturday.

The showdown in the Palmetto State also marked the final debate before Democrats battle in the biggest day on the primary calendar — Super Tuesday — next week.

The Hill listed these “winners” from the debate:
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden – He “kept his hopes alive with one of his strongest debate performances.”
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) – She is “the most consistent debater left in the race.”
  •  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) – He was successful “by not obviously losing” even after the “sustained attack” he faced as the front-runner.

The Hill suggested these were the “losers”:

  • Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg – His performance “wasn’t a disaster…but it wasn’t good”; after a “dismal” performance in Nevada, he only “did a little better in Charleston.”
  • Businessman Tom Steyer – He has not explained “any real rationale for his candidacy” and did not “offer a unique selling point.”
  • CBS News – The debate was described as “messy at times,” the moderators were criticized after they “allowed candidates to attack each other and cross-talk” while also being accused of “excessive interruption.” The debate was also criticized for its topics, which covered “sugary soda” but not climate change, plus “a flippant final round focused on ‘misperceptions’ about each candidate.”


PBS News reported on these “4 takeaways from the contentious South Carolina debate”:

If there was any doubt that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ rivals see him as their main threat, it was erased at the debate Tuesday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Sanders, who was center stage, faced the most direct attacks of any candidate, reflecting his status as the frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic primary race.

The debate came just four days before the South Carolina primary, where former Vice President Joe Biden is ahead in the polls, as he seeks his first victory of the 2020 primaries. It was also the last debate before Super Tuesday on March 3, when more than 40 percent of the delegates in the Democratic nominating process will be awarded.

The takeaways were:

  • Sanders under attack. – “Under attack from all sides, Sanders didn’t give ground.” Sanders defended his agenda, including gun control legislation and health care “though he dodged a question on providing more details about how he plans to pay for it.”

  • Biden predicts victory in South Carolina. – “It wasn’t a perfect debate…but it was likely good enough. If Biden follows his debate performance with a victory Saturday, it could revive his campaign.
  • Bloomberg needed a big night. He didn’t have one. – He “delivered a poor performance in his first debate last week…needed a much stronger showing [in S. Carolina], but he fell short.”
  • Will this be the last crowded debate stage of 2020? – “…all but the top few candidates will be under enormous pressure to drop out of the race.”

WATCH the entire debate here:

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