Democrats debate, night one – Tulsi Gabbard walks away a winner

The Democrats held their first primary debate last night and half of the candidates running shared the stage to talk about climate change, healthcare, guns and national security.

The debate, which is a two night event, aired on NBC and was (poorly) moderated by Rachel Maddow, Chuck Todd, Savannah Guthrie and Lester Holt. Glitches and hot mics during the debate made it even more disastrous for the network and President Trump weighed in, tweeting that it was “BORING.”

Beto O’Rourke had an even worse night, awkwardly breaking into Spanish during one of his answers, prompting weird side eye looks from Cory Booker, who later on decided to answer one of his questions in Spanish.

Anderson Cooper asked Booker on CNN about that side eye and Booker responded that “I knew he had laid a gauntlet down. … Both [Castro] and I knew, as people who can speak Spanish, that now we were going to bring it as well.”

Then the moderators got in on it, asking QUESTIONS in Spanish and Julian Castro, not to be outdone, gave some of his answers in Spanish as well.

Elizabeth Warren, who was clearly the moderators favorite person of the night, came out swinging in the first half but faded away into obscurity the rest of the night, overshadowed by Amy Klobuchar and Tulsi Gabbard, who came away as the surprise winner, despite only having around 4 minutes of talking time overall.

According to Drudge Report, Gabbard was the most searched name during the debate. She looked cool, composed and stood out, wearing a bright red suit with a Rogue-esque silver streak in her hair.

And after her debate performance, Gabbard, killed the other candidates in a poll on the site, garnering 45% of the vote. No one else is even close – Elizabeth Warren comes in second with 10%.

Gabbard is definitely one to watch as the race moves on.

Here are their final thoughts on the biggest geopolitical threat to the United States. The answer that got the most applause was Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who said “Donald Trump.”

 

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