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The eighth Democratic Presidential debate in New Hampshire didn't tackle a few single issues but instead covered a wide variety of issues. And maybe it was the best debate so far because of it.
Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang were on the debate stage. And while the top candidates still got a bigger % of talking time, with the 3 hour run-time all the candidates at least got a few opportunities to make their case to be the next President.
Here were the big topics that were discussed in the 8th debate, in rough order of appearance:
- Iowa Results
- Foreign Policy and Warring in the Middle East
- Opioid Epidemic - Decriminalizing Drugs - War on Drugs
- Gun Control
- Supreme Court - Abortion
- Criminal Justice Reform - Race - Systemic Racism
- Campaign Finance Reform - Citizens United
- Climate Change and Trade Agreements
- High Rates of Childhood Poverty
Did you watch the debate? If not or if you want to re-watch the link is right here. Which issue do you think was the most important or poignant of the night? And who do you think made the biggest impact on the night?
For me the most important topics were the war on drugs with Pete talking about his approach for decriminalizing all illicit drugs, which he clarified to mean that imprisonment would not be the reaction of the state for possession of drugs under his term if elected. And that it would be retroactive. Which then turned into a worthwhile discussion on systemic racism in America.
But if you are looking for a big takeaway, general theme of tonight.. it was who is capable of beating Trump. And it makes sense with Super Tuesday just weeks away. These candidates only have a few weeks to convince voters that they in fact are the best candidate for the job.