CNN Debates & Town Halls

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7th Democratic Debate
The 7th Democratic Debate co-hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register was held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Six candidates qualified for the debate in what was the smallest debate to date. The debate happened one day after Senator Warren accused Senator Sanders of privately telling her that a woman couldn't win the general election, an accusation Sanders vociferously denies. Another memorable element of the evening was Senator Klobuchar appearing to go on the attack against nearly everyone on the stage, especially the candidates she perceives as being too far left to win in a general election.
4th Democratic Debate
The fourth Democratic debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, just outside of Columbus, featured twelve candidates all sharing the same stage. Most observers paid close attention to how Senator Elizabeth Warren performance now that she is leading in many national polls and she had a fairly strong night. Eyes were also on Bernie Sanders, who is returning to the race after suffering a heart attack on October 1. He had a strong performance and is, at least for now, seeming to move on from his health emergency. Joe Biden had a relatively strong night without any major gaffes, but without any major memorable moment either.
2nd Democratic Debate (2/2)
Night two of the second Democratic debate in Detroit was a heated one between the 2020 hopefuls. The candidates focused more on attacking one another on issues such as healthcare and immigration than they did on how they would defeat Donald Trump. Kamala Harris was slammed by several candidates for her healthcare plan and her tenure as California's attorney general, but it was Joe Biden who received the majority of the blows by almost every candidate. His record was constantly called into question, as well as his position on the Hyde Amendment. Biden's responses were references to his time serving with Barack Obama.
2nd Democratic Debate (1/2)
Night one of the second Democratic debate in Detroit featured two popular progressive candidates speaking the most, Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren, engaging in debates with more moderate candidates on topics including health care, immigration reform & college education. Tim Ryan and John Delaney were the most outspoken in support of more moderate positions providing a contrast while Pete Buttigieg with the 3rd most speaking time focused his criticism on Republicans. Steve Bullock made his first appearance and also defended more moderate positions.
Tim Ryan CNN Town Hall in Atlanta, Georgia
2020 Democratic Presidential candidate, and Ohio U.S. representative, Tim Ryan, took questions at a CNN Town Hall in Atlanta, Georgia. He called out the National Rifle Association, asking them to come to a consensus on new gun laws. He said the three issues the country faces is creating industrial policy, affordable quality health care, and quality education for everyone.
Marianne Williamson CNN Town Hall in Washington D.C.
2020 Democratic candidate, and entrepreneur, Marianne Williamson Democratic spoke and took questions at a CNN Town Hall in Washington DC. When asked why she thinks love is the best way to win the White House, she said, "I think it’s the only thing that can win the White House. I think far more people love than hate."
Bernie Sanders CNN Town Hall in Manchester, New Hampshire
2020 Democratic candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders participated in a CNN hosted town hall meeting at Saint Anslem College in Manchester, New Hampshire, along with four other presidential hopefuls. The event was co-hosted by Harvard's Institute of Politics. Sanders answered questions from moderator Chris Cuomo as well as from many of the Harvard college students in attendance.
Elizabeth Warren CNN Town Hall in Manchester, New Hampshire
Massachusetts Senator and 2020 Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren spoke at a CNN sponsored town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hamsphire. Warren took questions from the moderator Anderson Cooper as well as the audience. In this meet-up she also laid out her case for impeaching Donald Trump.
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