Nothing makes televised debates more entertaining than being in a group chat with people who point out the burns, the jokes, and the flaws. Whether the group analyzed each comment as the live stream ran or turned quite literally everything into a meme, the conversation was one that helped point out many attributes and values of candidates. Let’s dive into a quick recap.
Notable comments from the recent democratic debate included: “um-,” “Clorox the oval office,” “Asian guy who likes math,” “I wrote the damn bill,” “‘s--thole countries,” “kool-aid,” and “go easy on me kid.” The debate proved to be not only fruitful with a few one-liners to jot down, but it also helped solidify what each candidate stood for. So today, let’s take a look at the new ideas and reiteration of old ones that the female candidates brought to the table. Both iconic in rhetoric and reaction, and full of depth, this is something everyone needs to read.
In response to John Delany, who referred to Warren’s initiatives as “fairytale economics” and stated that we need to run on real solutions and past models, Warren refuted “I don’t understand why anyone goes through all the trouble of running for president of the United States to just talk about what we can’t do and what we shouldn’t fight for.” Warren’s response was packed with a bang and showed what it meant to be a progressive who’s bringing new ideas to the table. 10/10 move.
While discussing foreign policy and U.S. involvement abroad post 9/11, Gabbard criticized the current establishment and how the U.S. needs improvements in the functionality of its international affairs. She stated, "For too long, we had leaders who have been arbitrating foreign policy from ivory towers in Washington without any idea about the cost or the consequence, the toll it takes on our service members and on their families. We have to do the right thing. End the wasteful regime change wars and bring our troops home... We were all lied to (about Iraq). The problem is that this current president is continuing to betray us."
Starting in 2014, the Flint water crisis has been ongoing for over 5 years with little-to-no improvements. To this day, Flint’s water is still contaminated and the state has stopped providing bottled water due to there being “improvements.” Klobuchar ensured, when asked about infrastructure, what could be done by the government in regards to this issue (and others like it) is to simply make it preventable. She stated, "I was just in Flint, and they are still drinking bottled water in that town, and that is outrageous, and my plan, and I am the first one that came out with an infrastructure plan and I did that because this is a bread and butter issue for people that are caught in traffic jams. I truly believe that if we're going to move on infrastructure, climate change, you need a voice from the heartland."
In responses to racially charged hate crimes and hostility in the nation, Gillibrand discussed how issues surrounding race and identity isn’t fully up to people of color to solve. Explaining that white people have a responsibility to help, she stated, "I don't believe it's the responsibility of Cory and Kamala to take this on. I think as a white woman running for president of the United States, it is my responsibility to lift those voices that aren't being listened to... I can talk to those white women in the suburbs and explain to them what white privilege is. When their son is walking down a street with a bag of M&M's in his pocket wearing a hoodie, his whiteness is what protects him from not being shot."
When the debate turned to the gender wage gap that has been a part of America and its workforce since the beginning, Harris was able to underline startling statistics that reminded us all why it’s ludicrous that we still have to discuss this issue. She stated: "Women are paid 80 cents on the dollar. Black women: $0.61. Native American women: $0.58. Latinas: $0.53... Since 1963, when we passed the Equal Pay Act, we have been talking about the fact that women are not paid equally for equal work... I'm done with the conversation. Under my plan, companies will be fined if they're not paying men and women equally."
To back up her 500 billion dollar plan that Williamson put out in her campaign to present reparations to U.S. descendants of enslaved Africans, she was able to explain why it mattered. Along with her campaign to ensure that the modern-day value of 40 acres and a mule was given to those who were promised it, she stated, “It is time for us to simply realize that this country will not heal. All that a country is a collection of people. People heal when there's deep truth-telling. We need to recognize that when it comes to the economic gap between blacks and whites in America, it does come from a great injustice that has never been dealt with. That great injustice has had to do with the fact that there were 250 years of slavery, followed by another 100 years of domestic terrorism."
These six women were able to make themselves stand out in the race against 16 men and did it with flare. This debate not only highlighted what these women were passionate about but also what they prioritized. With six different perspectives located across different six facets of the left spectrum, this debate gave the women candidates many ways to continue to build their platform and revolutionize.