Recap: Democratic Debate from Las Vegas, Nevada

This is what happened during the debate.

Six Democratic presidential candidates battled it out on stage at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada during the Democratic presidential debate.

Here is the full recap:

Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and Michael Bloomberg participated in the February 19 debate. The debate’s moderators were Lester Holt, Chuck Todd,  Hallie Jackson, Vanessa Hauc, and Jon Ralston.

The Las Vegas Nevada debate showed that the candidates can brawl.

Bloomberg had no chance against his associate candidates (It’s a long one).

Candidates took chances together to tank the former mayor of New York. If it wasn’t about Bloomberg’s questionable misogyny or racist policy, then it had something to do with his immense wealth.

First, Bernie brought up Bloomberg’s involvement with “stop and frisk, ” which went after minorities like African Americans, Latinos, and Asians. “What our movement is about is bringing working-class people together, Black and White and Latino [and] Native American [and] Asian American[s] around an agenda that works for all of us, and not just the billionaire class.” Sanders proposed joining the industrialized world and implementing health care for all as a human right, and increasing the minimum wage and ushering the importance of climate change.

Klobuchar thinks the path to the White House is voter turnout, and she exceeded in doing that. The Senator said, she “welcomed Bloomberg on stage,” and thought he shouldn’t be hiding behind TV Ads but a memo was released, he felt “three of the candidates should get out of the way… and the only way we get nominee is if three candidates step aside for him.”

Bloomberg responded.

I think we have two questions to face tonight. No. 1 is who can beat Donald Trump. No.2 who can do the job if they get in the White House. I would argue I am the candidate that can do both of those things.

Warren called out Bloomberg for using misogynistic rhetoric calling women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians. She said, “no I am not talking about Donald Trump I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg”. The Massachusetts Senator said, “Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns of harassing women and of support racist policies like ‘redlining’ and ‘stop and frisk,’ look i’ll support whoever the democratic nominee is, but understand this, Democrats take a huge risk if we substitute one arrogant billionaire for another.” Warren highlighted Bloomberg fostering a discriminatory work environment at his company.

Bloomberg responded to the claims of fostering a discomforting work place stating:

“None of them accuse me of doing anything, other than maybe they didn’t like a joke I told.”

Unfortunately, the mayor did not save himself with the comment he made. Leading to questions, is he a serious one for the role, and is he buying his way through the election with his estimated worth of $64 million dollars?

Social media users had something to say as well.

Bernie Sanders Vs. the Culinary Union

The topic of Sanders’ supporters’ hateful involvement with Nevada Culinary Union members and the two things the candidates highlighted is leadership and responsibility. The members voiced their concerns with the “Medicare for All” plan and what it could mean for them. Sanders responded to the question of “Is it a problem?” He clearly said, “No.” Biden interjected and pointed out, in past debates, Sanders failed to give an estimate of this hopeful plan. Biden unequivocally estimated the “Medicare or All” plan to cost $35 trillion.

The topics continued with similar critiques of Sanders’ handle of the situation, almost making him seem empathetic to the matter.

Buttigieg said a candidate’s key is his ability to lead.

“Leadership is about what you draw out of people. It’s about how you inspire people to act,” Buttigieg said. “I think you have to accept some responsibility and ask yourself what it is about your campaign in particular that seems to be motivating this behavior more than others.”

Climate Control

Candidates discussed Las Vegas and Reno climate. The two cities are booming cities within the state of Nevada and the American economy. How will candidates implement policies to make the cities livable and still thriving? Biden suggested using more technological means to fix the issue; the former Vice President would install at least 500,000 new charging stations on interstates, to reduce fuel emmisions.
Soon, Bloomberg took the spotlight with a past comment posing he wants to intensify U.S. and international actions to stop the advancement of coal, to rejoin the Paris agreement — which he made clear was ridiculous — and show strong leadership. And, he encouraged establishing those relationships with China and other overseas countries, because the matter is not fixable without them.

Sanders quotes Martin Luther King

Some expressed they were uncomfortable with a socialist as a candidate. But, Sanders felt the people are living in many ways in a socialist economy today.

Sanders said:

“The problem is Dr. King reminded us we have socialism for the very rich, and rugged individualism for the poor. When Donald Trump gets 800 million dollars in tax breaks and subsidies to build luxury condominiums, that’s socialism for the rich. We have to subsidies Walmart’s workers who are on Medicare and Food Stamps because the wealthiest family in America pays starvation wages, that’s socialism for the rich. I believe in democratic socialism for working people, not billionaires.*Important news: Sanders leads as first choice in Nevada Democratic caucus, according to entrance poll.”

Warren came with the heat.

Warren really up’d the ante in the debate, holding nothing back. She led with aggressiveness, and it’s a first. Correspondents are tipping the scale of hurt or help, but whichever way it goes, Warren proved she can take control quickly and easily. She took many moments to bolder her candidates to critique their flaws and weaknesses.

The discussion of health care emerged, and she caught it and ran. She said Buttigieg’s health care plan was “not a plan, it’s a PowerPoint,” Ouch. And, she added, Klobuchar’s plan was more “like a Post-it note”.

We will find out later whether or not the heat was enough for her to catch the continuing candidacy train.


Klobuchar and Buttigieg heavily sprawled.

To keep it short and simple, the two candidates did not hold back with the hostility. First, they showed dismissiveness of one another’s efforts and experiences. Klobuchar threw the dynamite, saying Buttigieg hasn’t been “in the arena”. And, later, Buttigieg called her out, for not remember the name of the president of Mexico. The most significant strike, Klobuchar said, “I wish everyone was as perfect as you, Pete.” It looks like the two candidates took a lesson from Sun Tzu The Art of War, “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” 

The final Democratic debate in February will be on 02/25/2020. The debate’s hosts are the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, CBS and Twitter, broadcasted from Charleston, South Carolina.



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Alldon Thompson was a Digital Intern at Black News Alerts.