Now that we've seen half of the candidates duke it out tonight, the NYT poses the question that has been on every Dem's mind for a while:
Democrats Diverge on Economy and Immigration in First Debate
Should Democrats rally behind Mr. Biden, a moderate who is the field's best-known candidate, or find a more progressive alternative?
Some candidates had some hot takes tonight:
"What's been missing is courage. Courage in Washington to take on the giants
"We need to make structural change in our government, in our economy and in our country"
"When the debate turned to tech companies, Mr. Booker stopped short of endorsing Ms. Warren's call to break up the biggest firms, like Facebook and Google, while saying it was clear that the economy 'is not working for average Americans.'
When Mr. Booker was reminded that he had attacked Ms. Warren this year for naming some of the corporations she would break up, he retreated. "I don't think we disagree," he said, adding that he also felt strongly about "the need to check corporate consolidation."
However, there were also some centrists advocating for the status-quo in the field tonight:
"I think we should be the party that keeps what's working and fixes what's broken,"
"We have got to change the center of gravity of the Democratic Party from being coastal and elitist and Ivy League," he said, adding the party needed to remember "the forgotten communities that have been left behind for the last 30 years."
Questions to Consider:
-Should the Dems go with Biden and therefore the status-quo, or someone with farther-left views? Who has the best chance of beating Trump in 2020?
-Do you think the Democratic party's move to the left, gaining the votes of those who are very liberal while ignoring centrist voters, will lead to success in 2020?
-Has tonight's debate changed your opinion of any of the candidates, on economic policy or otherwise?
-Are the candidates just spouting campaign rhetoric, or do you think they will be able to affect change after they are in office?
-For the Republicans out there, which Democratic candidate would you vote for if you could not vote for Trump in 2020?