CNN Debates & Town Halls
Jun 02 2019
Mar 18 2019
The 11th Democratic Debate was supposed to be held at the Arizona Federal Theatre, also known as the Comerica Theatre, in Phoenix , Arizona, but was moved to CNN studios in Washington, D.C. due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the nation. After ten debates with a multitude of candidates, this was the first head-to-head debate of the primary season, featuring the last two major candidates remaining - Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. The two candidates spent over two hours debating with a large portion of the debate focused on the epidemic that has brought the economy to the brink and shut down large swaths of American society.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.