Chris Cillizza’s winners and losers from the fourth Democratic debate – CNN
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Chris Cillizza’s winners and losers from the fourth Democratic debate – CNN

(CNN)A dozen (!) Democratic presidential candidates took the stage in Ohio for the fourth debate of the 2020 election, the greatest self-discipline ever to take part in a single debate.

I watched, took notes, tweeted and picked one of the becoming — and the worst — of the evening. My winners and losers are under.

WINNERS

* Pete Buttigieg: The South Bend mayor had one clear draw in the controversy: Hit Elizabeth Warren on her enhance for “Medicare for All,” and be obvious Democratic voters knew he had another opinion that would no longer get rid of the non-public neatly being insurance market. Mission done. And enjoy in mind: The polling I’ve viewed makes clear that voters raise a opinion that preserves the very most appealing to hold a non-public insurance opinion than one which will get mosey of the non-public market in favor of a govt-bustle opinion. Buttigieg did no longer cease there. His response to Secure. Tulsi Gabbard’s call to cease “unending wars” became great, leaning heavily on his non-public militia service. He slammed ragged Secure. Beto O’Rourke on gun absorb an eye on, with one amongst the lines of the evening: “I make no longer need classes from you in courage, political or non-public.” From starting to cease, Buttigieg became a dominant and commanding force. Certain, some will boom he became “imply.” But debates — and primaries! — are about drawing contrasts, and that’s the reason what Buttigieg did. And did thoroughly.
* Andrew Yang: If I informed you even three months ago that there would be a time in mid-October in which there became an prolonged conversation in a Democratic debate in regards to the hazards of automation, that you can non-public laughed at me. And but, there we non-public been on Tuesday evening — a full debate inside the controversy, about Yang’s pet arena. It be a testomony to Yang’s significant upward push in this speed — 2d only to Buttigieg’s — and to the indisputable truth that he is already having a critical impact on the conversation inside the Democratic Occasion. Plus, that “MATH” pin became straight fire.
* Amy Klobuchar: On the 2d, the Minnesota senator hasn’t positive for the next debate in November. Luminous that, Tuesday evening became her last supreme likelihood to supply a genuine switch. And to her expansive credit, she went for it. Luminous that Warren is now the entrance-runner (extra on that under), Klobuchar went correct after her.Your opinion is no longer the one opinion,” Klobuchar informed Warren at one point. At another, she tried to supply clear that Warren had no monopoly on “heroic” solutions. At one more, she accused Warren of “making Republican talking sides correct now.” I am no longer distinct it changes anything in her polling. But she deserves credit for taking her supreme shot(s).
* Bernie Sanders: Whenever you non-public been staring at the controversy to search how Sanders fared in the wake of his most in model coronary heart attack, neatly, he became the the same extinct Bernie: Unfriendly, impatient, sneaky comical and entirely unapologetic about his liberal solutions to the concerns going throughout the nation. In a 2d indicative of Sanders’ evening, he became asked a quiz about his neatly being, muttered one thing treasure “I am handsome” after which pivoted to talk about policy. Furthermore, it would no longer harm that the news that New York Secure. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would be endorsing him broke throughout the controversy.

LOSERS

* Elizabeth Warren: Welcome to being the entrance-runner! Though polling suggests that Warren and Joe Biden are co-entrance-runners, it became crystal clear Tuesday evening that the opposite eleven candidates on stage considered the Massachusetts senator as the head canine. Which, in theory, is a realistic component for her! But in advise, it did no longer figure out neatly. Buttigieg started things off by attacking her on Medicare for All — and Warren became unable to make a clear reply on a) whether she would elevate taxes on middle-class American citizens and b) if no longer, how would she gain the cash to pay for the opinion. The hits kept coming. By my depend, at the least seven candidates attacked Warren one day in the evening — and whereas she remains a extremely ready debater, she became unable to parry all of those assaults effectively. Furthermore, Warren saying that she’d raise to search the US militia presence gone completely from the Center East goes to reach abet to haunt her.
* Joe Biden: I wrote this present day that Biden a really great a efficiency that wasn’t correct “realistic for Biden” but realistic by any measure. He came terminate-ish but, to my mind, did no longer attain sufficient. (Worth noting: I thought this became Biden’s supreme debate efficiency; his reply on his age and neatly being became seemingly his supreme reply of the controversy season.) His reply on his son, Hunter, and Ukraine became meh: “My son’s observation speaks for itself” became the becoming he could presumably per chance furthermore attain, radiant that quiz needed to be coming? And presumably this would presumably per chance play in a different way on replay, but Biden’s cry-y “I obtained you votes” switch on Warren felt no longer so realistic in the 2d. I gain the argument that Biden did no longer raise any sizable punches in this debate and stayed off the canvas. But request yourself: is that the very most appealing bar for a ragged vice president and entrance-runner in this speed from the leap?
* Kamala Harris: Nothing Harris did on Tuesday evening will trade her trajectory — downward in this speed. Her “Dude gotta stagger” line about Trump fell flat, as if the viewers had kind of been there and done that. Harris’ try and force Warren to agree alongside with her that Donald Trump’s Twitter yarn needs to be suspended felt miniature and no longer terribly advantageous. Harris has simply no longer been ready to recapture the magic she had in that first debate of this election; Tuesday evening became another swing and omit.
* Tom Steyer: When the most appealing component about you in the controversy is that you wore a plaid Christmas tie, you did no longer non-public a realistic debate.
* Bing: Man, it has been a tough decade for Microsoft’s search engine. And Yang reminded us all of that failure on Tuesday evening. Well, we will consistently non-public these normal Bing commercials!

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October 16, 2019
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