Last night, five Democratic presidential candidates squared off in Las Vegas for the first primary debate of the season.

While many wondered if Vice President Joe Biden would make a surprise appearance, over 15 million people tuned in as Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, and Jim Webb squared off.

Unlike the previous Republican debates that included personal attacks between candidates, the Dems kept it fairly civilized as they discussed racial justice, gun control, the economy, women’s health, and foreign policy.

Going in, both Chafee and Webb were virtual unknowns to most of the country and only one, Webb, fought to distinguish himself. Former Maryland Governor O’Malley also attempted to connect with voters who’ve been mostly focused on Clinton and Sanders.

Most political pundits and analysts said Clinton won the night, while post-debate surveys gave the contest to Sanders.

But what do you think?

In your opinion, who won the first Democratic presidential debate? 

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  • [email protected]

    Hillary Clinton was very prepared and Bernie Sanders was too. Hillary wanted to present herself as pragmatic and progressive while Bernie wanted to present himself as a populist person (as he talked about income inequality throughout the discussion). O’Malley was the most progressive person on immigration. Chafee was trying to talk about civil liberties and Webb sounded like a conservative Democrat of a Republican. I find Webb’s comments on Black Lives Matter to be totally wrong. We have an epidemic of police brutality and black people have every right to say that Black Lives Matter in the midst of structural racism plus discrimination. Sanders and Clinton were more passionate in their responses during the debate. On foreign policy, all of them promoted war mongering or that war mongering must be made in a coalition of nations. None of the candidates condemned imperialism in strong terms. Drone strikes and the bombing of a hospital in Kunduz are tragedies. Each of those candidates refuse to expose the oppression of Palestinians and the oppression that many black people go through in Africa and in Latin plus South America. Anderson Cooper asked red-baiting questions when it was the unions and the labor movement (not capitalists) who were some of the main instruments in forming a minimum wage, the 48 hour work day, banning cruel child labor policies, the development of environmental standards, and Social Security itself.

    This debate was much more substantive than the Republican debates. Bernie Sanders won the debate on substance while Hillary Clinton outlined great debating preparedness. She was ready. At the end of the day, regardless of what these candidates say, we have to embrace political independence. We have to see that we, as black people, need each other to survive. These politicians a’int going to save us. If we are to have liberation, then we will have to fight for it and establish it for ourselves. This doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in universal health care, etc. I do believe in universal health care, racial justice, economic justice, etc. and I will continue to fight for these things for the rest of my life. Yet, we have to go out and advance revolutionary, independent politics and strong social activism.

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  • Mitch

    White america won

    • GeekMommaRants

      What did white America win?