VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Round one is in the books for five White House hopefuls that took the stage in Vegas Tuesday night.
They’re all hoping to win your vote for President in 2016. During the first Democratic debate, viewers heard from Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chaffee and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb. The candidates touched on a lot of big issues including education, guns and the war in Iraq, and now we’re getting some perspective on the big takeaways from the night.
10 On Your Side’s Anita Blanton spoke with political analyst Joel Rubin about how things shook out. Rubin says if you ask him who’s going to be on the stage for the next debate, his guess is that it will probably be narrowed down to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley after Tuesday night. The only one of the candidates that has been on a similar stage before is Hillary Clinton. Rubin says on this occasion, her previous presidential debates worked in her favor. In his opinion, Clinton’s polished politics won the night.
“She said she’d been in 25, I think, with Barack Obama and whoever else back in 2008, and it showed,” said Rubin.
But the memorable moment that may have stolen the show belonged to Bernie Sanders.
“Let me say something that may not be great politics,” said Sanders during the debate. “I think the Secretary’s right, and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”
Sanders has been unfiltered, focused on forcing other issues he feels are more pressing to the table, and while there hasn’t been much talk about some of the other candidates. At least for one, Rubin thinks that may change. So who left a lot to be desired? The person many Virginians are the most familiar with.
“The great thing about Bernie Sanders is that he’s bringing up issues most people don’t want to talk about,” said Rubin. “They don’t want to talk about wealth, wall street, taxes or fairness. I thought the Maryland Governor O’Malley did very well and he sorta looked Presidential or Vice Presidential. As a Virginian I was hoping Jim Webb would do better but I don’t think that’s really his format.”
Rubin said overall Democrats want to win and right now Republicans are running sort of for the soul of the party. So there was a noticeable lack of infighting last night. And he made mention of the fact that Hillary Clinton really seemed to praise the current President, Barack Obama, giving an impression that she’s his successor, and a message for Joe Biden to stay out of the race.