The five Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Las Vegas on Tuesday night for their first debate. The GOP candidates have already been on the stage together twice (see recaps of those here and here), but with less candidates this was a shorter debate and allowed candidates more time to address to the issues.
Frontrunner Hillary Clinton is followed closely in the polls by Sen. Bernie Sanders, but the two other candidates have flown under the radar. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former U.S. Senator Jim Webb and former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee were all tasked with proving themselves.
Let’s look at how the candidates responded to questions in the debate, moderated by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
Hillary Clinton came right out the gate, pledging her support for equal pay and paid family leave.
Sen. Bernie Sanders agreed, calling the America’s choice not to provide paid family leave an “embarrassment.”
Clinton also came out swinging on the GOP’s views on federally legislating women’s health issues, mostly speaking on policies that would restrict access.
Something Sanders and Clinton agree on? They don’t want to talk about her emails anymore.
Answering the question: “Do Black Lives Matter or do All Lives Matter?”
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Clinton’s made a lot of enemies, but is particularly proud of at least one.
Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley went head-to-head on gun control.
Sanders has supported less regulation in the past, while O’Malley helped pass stricter gun legislation in Maryland.
Clinton’s administration would be different from President Obama’s administration in at least one big way.
Sanders spoke several times on the unequal distribution of wealth in the United States.
He was also very adamant about what he thinks is the best way to address climate change.
Asked about the “biggest threat to national security,” they all delivered different answers.