Josie Clark, Austin Winterle, Flynn Martin, Sarah Morrison
12 candidates one 1 stage, the most ever seen or heard in one night. I want to advocate why keeping yourself informed about our potential political leaders is so important. As college students, staying aware of current events and engaging in our political climate is crucial at this point in time. This is one of the biggest and most important elections our country has ever seen. Stay involved, stay up to date, and continue to learn about our politicians. In the end, this will lead to being able to pick the candidate best suited for the position.
Sen. Warren has been recently leading the democratic pulls and crushing it in her previous debates. This is what lead to her democratic rivals coming at her during the debate, but Sen.Warren made sure to stand her ground. Warren is a supporter of Medicare for all, a plan which was created by a fellow candidate Bernie Sanders. She promised during the debate that with this plan she will raise taxes on the wealthiest people in our country. It would then lower the cost for the middle-class American families. Along with medicare for all, Warren is a strong believer on taxing the wealthy much more.
While each candidate made sure to attack the current president their fair share, Biden especially felt the need to defend his son. In current news, Donald Trump has been accusing Biden’s son, Hunter, of corruption and lying. Biden said during the debate, “My son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong. I carried out the policy of the United States government in rooting out corruption in Ukraine.” He continued to accuse the president of lying by saying, “The president and his thugs are flat lying. He doesn’t want me to be the candidate. If I’m the candidate, he knows I will beat him like a drum.” The conservative far rights have continued to accuse Joe and Hunter Biden, but Biden continues to defend himself and his son.
In early October, Bernie had a health scare and had to take a few days off from the campaign trail. He suffered from a blockage of an artery, leaving people wondering if his age and health would get in the way of his presidency. Senator Sanders made sure to address this during the latest debate. He said to the audience and moderators, “I’m healthy, I’m feeling great”. Sanders is 78, making him the oldest of the candidates running for the president. He thanked everyone for the love and prayers that were sent to him during his recovery, but assured the American people he was not going anywhere and was in this to win this.
Mayor Pete is the mayor of a small town, but had many big big moments in the fourth debate. He took on Beto O’Rourke and his gun control policy plan. Mayor Pete told O’Rourke his gun policy had a lack of details and was in unclear as to how the plan would be followed out. Mayor Pete said to O’Rourke, “Well, congressman, you just made it clear that you don’t know how this is actually going to take weapons of the streets. If you can develop the plan further, I think we can have a debate about it . But we can’t wait. People are dying in the streets right now,” he said. “We have to just get something done.” Mayor Pete’s strong jabs at O’Rourke’s unclear plan gained him some more popularity, heaving him slow make his way up in the polls.
While yes, all candidates made sure to attack President Trump while they could, Kamala attacked him and his use of twitter. She went as far as to calling for Twitter to shut down Trump’s account. She said, “I would urge you to join me because here we have Donald Trump, who has 65 million Twitter followers and is using that platform as the president of the United States to openly intimidate witnesses, to threaten witnesses, to obstruct justice.” Twitter resounded later saying that they will not be shutting down his account.
Senator Booker, who has not been doing as well he expected in the polls, called out for the candidates to stay unified during this election. Booker believes the main goal is to get Trump out and someone from the blue party in. He called for the candidates to stop using personal attacks and to work together to keep our nation unified.