On Wednesday night, Democrats took the stage in Nevada for another debate ahead of the state’s caucuses. This specific debate was drawing more attention as Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the debate stage for the first time. After the debate, he may have wished he stayed home. The other candidates wasted no time going after Bloomberg.
The general consensus from everyone is that the big winner of the night is Senator Elizabeth Warren. I would agree as she came out firing. She wasted no time going after Bloomberg for his comments on women and about the LGBTQ community. She tied his comments to being like those of President Trump. She brought up the non-disclosure agreements that have plagued Bloomberg recently. She asked him to release those women from the agreements, but he dodged the question and gave an eye roll.
That Bloomberg eyeroll pic.twitter.com/ODQaugDSOG
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) February 20, 2020
Outside of Warren, no one really surprised or impressed. For example, Sen. Bernie Sanders did not post the strongest debate performance, but he did nothing to hurt himself. He continues pushing his “democratic socialism” and how it can benefit working class Americans. He is the clear front runner going into the Nevada caucuses by a double digit margin.
Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar sparred and both landed some statements that will linger for some time. Each was attacked, but generally held their own while maintaining. Neither made a lasting impression. Former VP Joe Biden, he again looked sleepy and disinterested. Maybe Joe Biden will be interested ahead of Super Tuesday when he actually has a chance to win a primary contest.
But this brings us back to Michael Bloomberg. He is obviously the big loser of the night. As Amy Klobuchar suggested, he has hidden behind his TV ads and social media presence, but the debate made him come out into the spotlight. Unfortunately, that did not go well for him. He was on the defensive the entire night.
ABC News reports that even after the debate performance, Bloomberg still received three new congressional endorsements, bringing his total to 15. Bloomberg, who it is suggested is attempting to buy the presidency, seems to be the last hope for Democrats who do not want to nominate a socialist. All across the internet, various outlets and opinion columnists like this one, were outlining how Bernie Sanders is actually electable. Moderate Democrats want someone they feel is able to win, but they do not feel that person is Bernie Sanders.
After last night, do they need to consider Elizabeth Warren? Warren has no issues with saying whatever she must to get elected. It will be interesting to see how she performs in the caucus in Nevada. Without a strong performance there, Warren’s campaign is over. I also believe Nevada could be the beginning of the end for the Buttigieg campaign as well. While he performed well in the first two contests, he has been polling well behind in Nevada and Super Tuesday states.
For Mayor Bloomberg, well he is not on the ballot in Nevada. He has staked his entire campaign on Super Tuesday. Most recent polls show him moving into second or third place behind Sanders and Biden, but Sanders has emerged the clear leader. The real question is, will Bloomberg’s money be enough to be able to buy the presidency?
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