Biden suggested he could not accomplish much. Bloomberg said nominating him would gift reelection to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Candidates face pressure to exit presidential race MORE complained that a Trump versus Sanders contest would be “toxic” and “exhausting.” … [Read more...] about Winners and losers from the South Carolina debate
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“When people say, ‘We need a centrist,’ or ‘We need a lefty person,’ this isn’t about where in that narrow band of Democrats they are,” Garcetti said. “It’s more about, ‘Who gives a feeling of hope to people who feel left behind?’ Joe does that, absolutely. I think Bernie does that for a lot of people, too.” … [Read more...] about Rivals rip ‘socialist’ Bernie Sanders. Do Democrats share their fear?
* Amy Klobuchar: As she has done in nearly every debate, the Minnesota senator did more with fewer opportunities than almost any other candidate on stage. She repeatedly sought to be a voice of reason (and calm) as everyone around her just kept shouting. She also delivered a series of solid policy proposals -- outlining her views on domestic and foreign policy to many voters who may have just been getting to know her and what she believes. Klobuchar wasn't as sharp -- or as much of a standout -- as she was in the debate just before the New Hampshire primary. But in a debate defined by the bad, she was a bright spot. … [Read more...] about Chris Cillizza’s winners and losers from the 10th presidential debate
It’s appropriate that when Bloomberg got the luxury of several extra minutes to think of an answer to a final question calling for a personal memo, after other candidates quoted the Gospels and Nelson Mandela, Bloomberg seemed to be quoting himself. The second debate showed a man still living in a billionaire’s bubble when it comes to Democratic retail politics. The good thing for him is that beginning on Super Tuesday his checkbook can do the talking for him, and every utterance in one of his ubiquitous ads can be focus-grouped and edited. … [Read more...] about In Second Debate, Bloomberg Was Still a Man in a Billionaire’s Bubble
Other candidates might have failed to nail him down on it. But Sanders showed he hadn't come up with a stronger explanation for his praise of Fidel Castro's Cuban regime's literacy efforts -- something that could become a long-term political headache for the Vermont senator's campaign. … [Read more...] about 8 takeaways from the Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina