The Only Democratic Debate Recap You Need!

Here's another edition of our weekly digest!

Catching you up on all you need to know about the 2016 Presidential Campaign.

 

 

In case you didn’t feel like spending two and a half hours of your Tuesday night listening to six people talk over and around one another, we’ve got you covered! Below are links to three relatively short articles that will get you up to date on all the happenings last night. And hey, if you don’t want to read the articles, we have the highlights for you, too! Couldn’t be easier.

 

1) Everyone wants to know, so might as well get it out of the way. Who won this thing?

 
Hillary Rodham Clinton was the clear victor, according to the opinion shapers in the political world (even conservative commentators).

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont won some points for his integrity, while the others — Martin O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland; Jim Webb, the former senator from Virginia and secretary of the Navy; and Lincoln Chafee, the former Rhode Island governor and senator — were mostly viewed as having missed their chance.

Some suggested that another loser was the man still deciding on whether to run, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., as Mrs. Clinton appeared to be formidable.
— The New York Times
 

 

2) Yeah, but… those on the internet beg to differ. 

 
...multiple polls seem to show that most Americans don’t agree with these media pundits, asserting that Bernie Sanders was the clear winner.

One Google Consumer Surveys poll conducted for IJ Review, a website co-founded by a past advisor to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, shows Sanders in the lead with 43.7% of the vote, 15 points ahead of Clinton. The third runner-up was “Not Sure” with 17%, and the remaining three candidates received a combined total of just under 11%.

Three additional polls (still active at the time of writing) also show that Sanders was perceived as the debate winner with over half the vote. Time had him winning with 57%, NJ.com with 71.71%, and Fox2Nowwith 80.72%, almost six times Clinton’s 14.09%.
— Forbes.com
 

This sure looks like a self selecting group which makes notoriously unreliable polls, but more and more voters are using the internet, so only time will tell if America is actually #feelingthebern.

 

3) Lastly, perception is not always reality. The candidates made a lot of bold statements on the stage. Luckily we have FactCheck.org to help us parse out the truth.

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revised her earlier statement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, claiming that she said she “hoped” it would be a “gold standard.” At the time, she said it was a gold standard.
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders claimed that his plan to lift the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes would extend the program’s finances and expand benefits. He neglected to mention that the new taxes would not be used to calculate benefits for those paying them, a break from historical practice.
  • Sanders claimed that African American youth unemployment was 51 percent, but that figure pertains to underemployment, which includes those working part-time and looking for full-time work.
  • Clinton claimed that “we lose 90 people a day from gun violence.” That’s true, but only a third of those deaths are from homicides.
  • Sanders wrongly said that the U.S. had “more wealth and income inequality than any other country.” The U.S. ranks 42nd in income inequality and 16th in terms of wealth held by the top 1 percent.
  • Clinton said that using a personal email account “was allowed by the State Department.” It was, but federal rules also required Clinton to turn over her emails before she left office. She did so nearly two years after she left.

 

Sam