On Tuesday night, the first ten candidates in the field of 20, took to the stage for night one of the two night CNN Democratic Presidential debates from Detroit.
Here are the takeaways:
The front runners beat away attacks from the field: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren easily beat away attacks for much of the debate. Low polling candidates like John Delaney, John Hickenlooper, and Tim Ryan all took jabs at their progressive positions but nothing did any real damage.
Differences on Health Care policy: Are you for or against Medicare for All? That is the big question. Sanders, Warren, Klobuchar, and Buttigieg all defended their policies well, but voters have to decide if they’re willing to compromise any private coverage they have with some of the more transformational ideas.
Even more differences on Immigration: Do we decriminalize illegally crossing the border? What about free college and health care for undocumented immigrants? A lot of different opinions. These are discussions that will have to continue throughout this primary.
The reparations debate gets prime time treatment: Marianne Williamson picked up applause with her explanation and math regarding reparations for the descendants of slaves. These candidates will have to draw out a position and a plan if this issue continues to pick up steam.
Your winners: Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, Williamson (Hey, she was the only low polling candidate to get a rise out of the audience on two different occasions).
No decision: O’Rourke, Klobuchar
Your losers: Delaney, Hickenlooper, Ryan, Bullock.
Be sure to catch my analysis on Spectrum News 13 on Wednesday and on Thursday following night 2 of the CNN Debates: