The Fourth Democratic Debate: Who Won?

Ryan Stewart, Co-Editor-in-Chief

With former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren standing in the middle of the stage, flanked on either side directly by Senator Bernie Sanders on the left and Mayor Pete Buttigieg on the right, the fourth Democratic debate began with the introduction of candidates you’ve seen time and again, vying once again for the nomination.

Beyond them stood several other familiar faces including, Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker and six others who, while I know their names, aren’t actually worth the print space at this point in the race.

You don’t care about the small campaign’s fighting for every ounce of screen time and hoping to make it onto a “Daily Show” spotlight, you care about the big fight night that comes around every new Democratic debate: the tension between Senators Sanders, Warren and Harris and the pointed phrases and incoherent mumblings of one former vice president going on in the background.

Let’s be real, no matter how you feel about Sanders’ recent health complications, Biden is a thousand times worse, and if we’re being truthful, is on his way to the retirement home. He’s out of touch. You don’t want a “gaffs” master in the White House. Besides, we’ve already got one that’s doing a pretty awful job at the moment. If you could call destroying the dignity of the highest office a gaff.

That type of Trump-bashing seems off topic right? Well, someone should have told the candidates that before they went on stage. For a group of people that talks about how their campaigns are all about more than just defeating Donald Trump, they talk a lot about defeating Donald Trump.

But back on topic, unlike Biden the entire debate, Warren led the attack towards Biden, which did ricochet back later, with every candidate spitting venom in his direction. However — no, it was actually totally justified.

The six other washed-up candidates on that stage, that bear no names here, have more business being up there than the over-emotional, defensive former vice president.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Senators Warren and Sanders both performed adamantly with strong shows of plans for their envisioned presidencies. Warren in particular put on a strong force against her criticism by the other candidates.

However, her defense wasn’t strong enough to fend off the points made by her opponents, leaving Sander’s to swoop in with powerful words, positioning himself as the leader on the issue of healthcare and more specifically, his Medicare For All plan.

With 12 choices for the Democratic nomination as of the debate, who should the party choose to represent it? The strongest candidate that founded the basis for all of the mainstream views of the Democratic party right now: Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont.