October Democratic Debate: A better night for Biden than for Warren

Warren received blows from all around for her continued vagueness on how to pay for her Medicare for All plan, lack of details, what it would mean for people like union workers who like their current plans, and not really responding well to people like Biden, Klobuchar, and Buttigieg who are in favor of “Medicare for all who want it” – the public option that seems an achievable improvement on Obamacare, with an affordable public option.

Biden had a great moment that I think might go viral. He was talking about actually getting things done, which he has experience doing. Warren then responded by going on and on about her great consumer protection agency. Biden pointed out that he was the one who worked hard and got votes to establish that agency, another thing he got done. Warren stood there looking stunned for a minute, then she thanked… Obama. The audience had a negative reaction, and Biden gave a broad smile. He made his point.

There was a lot of bickering on the stage though. Cory Booker tried to bring focus back to what unites Democrats more than divides them. But of course he has been guilty of the same tactics in previous debates.

Klobuchar seemed very animated and made good points. Sanders looked perfectly healthy, waving his arms about as usual.

Biden leads in latest poll, Sep 12 debate narrowed to 10 candidates, some tension between the Warren and Sanders camps

The latest poll published Wednesday, conducted by Quinnipiac University, showed Biden as the top choice of 32 percent of Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic. Warren came in at 19 percent and Sanders was at 15 percent.

There has been some back and forth this past week, with another poll showing the three much closer.

Also, the deadline for qualifying for the third debate has passed. The debate will include just 10 of the 21 candidates still remaining in the race. They qualified based on recognized polls and unique donations. The next debate will be one night only, on September 12, 2019, and all the major candidates will face each other directly for the first time. The 10 will be (left to right on stage): Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, Beto O’Rourke, and Julian Castro.

There seems to be some rattling going on between the so-called “Bernie Bros” and Warren supporters, where some Sanders supporters are accusing Warren of not really having a concrete position on health care reform, and basically copying Sanders in order to grab the progressives. Warren herself, who has a “plan for everything” still isn’t quite specific about what her health care plan is. She started with an incremental progress position, much like Biden’s public option, and then leaped into “Medicare for All” at the first debate. Some hope Warren and Biden, the top two candidates, can reach a working policy and cooperate together. That would be something.