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reviewing the 4th Democratic debate
October 16, 2019 – Despite higher fundraising and polling thresholds compared to last month's debate, 12 candidates still qualified for last night's debate. Find out how they handled the impeachment scandal, Bernie Sanders' health scare, and Elizabeth Warren's new front runner status.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
Penalty for not answering the question – When asked for a yes or no answer to the question of whether she would raise taxes on the middle class in order to pay for medicare for all, Senator Warren responded with an empathetic explanation of how many American cannot afford proper health care. She re-framed the question and said that the cost of health care would go down, but did not mention the tax rate
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker
Penalty for not answering the question – Senator Booker was asked to clarify his past statement that President Trump’s “moral vandalism” disqualifies him from being president, and whether he could be trusted to fairly way the evidence in a future Senate impeachment proceeding. Booker emphasized the need to be fair, before saying that Trump has violated his oath of office.
Penalty for changing the subject – When asked for his ideas on how to keep Americans employed in high paying jobs, Senator Booker returned to past debate topics like impeaching President Trump, health care, and protecting Planned Parenthood.
Penalty for not answering the question – Mr. Steyer was asked if he thought it was important for a potential impeachment to have bipartisan support. He responded by mentioning his “Need to Impeach” movement and saying that the American people would decide
Former Vice President Joe Biden
Penalty for not answering the question – When asked about his sons’ recent announcement that he would step down from any foreign business operations if his father is elected president, Biden was asked why this had not happened while he was serving as vice president. Biden referred to his sons’ statement on the issue and then pivoted to criticizing President Trump for engaging foreign governments in American politics
Candidates can receive a penalty for the following infractions:
- Failing to answer a question
- Failing to stay on topic
- Candidates can receive a technical foul by comparing their opponents to the Nazis.
- Nazi comparisons are lazy. If you'd like to compare Donald Trump's ban on Muslims entering the country to a historical precedent, why not try McCarthyism, or the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, or the Jim Crow south? Instead, people always grab the low-hanging fruit of the Nazis to make their point.
- Nazi comparisons ignore the fact that there are still Nazi parties alive and well in many countries. They have not receded to the dustbin of history and currently have at least one member sitting on the European Parliament.
- This is a debate. And nothing shuts down a debate faster than a Nazi comparison. It is our strong opinion that such comparisons send all parties to the barricades and prevent anyone from actually communicating. Disagree strongly, and make your case the best you can, but leave the Nazi metaphors at home, please.