In the wake of CNN’s Democratic presidential debate held in Detroit this Tuesday, the consensus is that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were the winners. Writing for The Intercept, Robert Mackey said that the two “dominated” a debate that was “set up to ambush them.” Either way, their performances were powerful and seemed to take away some of the steam the “moderates” may have been gaining, but some of the other candidates had their moments too.
Sanders came out fighting, clearly seeking to do away with the notion that he may be slightly over the hill. Responding to former Maryland Rep. John Delaney‘s criticism of his health care plan, Sanders thundered, “You’re wrong.” When questioned by Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan on whether he knew the ins and outs of his single-payer “Medicare for All” plan, Sanders fired back, “I wrote the damn bill!”
Warren got the prize for best line of the night. Addressing Delaney, she asked why he even bothered to run for president. “I don’t understand why anybody goes through all the trouble of running for president of the United States, just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for,” she said to a stunned Delaney.
For the most part, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg played things relatively safe, but his Rolodex of anti-Trump barbs was at the ready as always. At one point during the evening, Buttigieg delivered a sobering message to Republicans who’ve failed to stand up to Trump.
“If you are watching at home and you are a Republican member of Congress, consider the fact that when the sun sets on your career, and they are writing your story, of all the good and bad things you did in your life, the thing you will be remembered for is whether in this moment with this president you found the courage to stand up to him or continue to put party over country,” he said.
Watch the video below, via NBC News:
Featured image via screen grab