Senator Kelly Loeffler and Raphael Warnock faced off for their only debate before their runoff election will be held. Loeffler was repeatedly asked whether Donald Trump lost to President-elect Joe Biden and if she agreed with Trump that the election was stolen from him, but refused to directly answer either question. Instead she claimed that Donald Trump has the right to use “every legal recourse available” to challenge the election results.
Jon Ossoff and Senator David Perdue had their second debate in Savannah, Georgia. WTOC-TV in Savannah sponsored and moderated the event. The debate became heated at times, with Ossoff accusing Senator Perdue of being a "crook" and lamented that “perhaps Sen. Perdue would have been able to respond properly to the Covid-19 pandemic if you hadn’t been fending off multiple federal investigations for insider trading.” Perdue responded by criticizing Ossoff for selling a documentary film he produced to a firm with ties to China.
The third and final Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump was held at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Both candidates were allowed to answer moderator Kristen Welker's initial questions for two minutes uninterrupted, as a new feature allowed opponent's mics to be muted during that timeframe. After the initial segment question, of which there were six, both candidates spoke freely. Biden and Trump addressed questions on outside interference with American elections, the economy, national security, the ongoing pandemic, healthcare, climate change and tax plans if elected. Final question was about Leadership. This debate was far more civil than their first.
Iowa Senator Joni Ernst and challenger Theresa Greenfield participated in a remote debate due to the fact that Ernst was in Washington, D.C. Ernst committed a major blunder when she was asked what should have been an easy question about the minimum farmers need to receive to avoid a financial loss on their soybean crop. Ernst initially evaded answering before the moderator repeated the question, to which she replied “I think you had asked about corn, and it depends on what the inputs are, but probably about $5.50.” The moderator then politely informed Ernst that she was asked about soybeans and let her know the breakeven price was in fact $10.05.
Jon Ossoff and Senator David Perdue face off in their first debate where they discussed multiple crises facing Georgia and the country. Ossoff strongly criticized Senator Perdue's handling of the various crises, accusing the Senator of caring more about his reelection than everyday Georgian's and lamenting that “two hundred twenty thousand Americans have been killed and listen to you — not a shred of empathy — not a shred of personal responsibility (about) a virus that you told us posed low risk to our health.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic Challenger Amy McGrath went head-to-head in their only debate of the election cycle. McGrath strongly criticized McConnell's handling of the various crises facing the country and for prioritizing judicial nominations over helping everyday Kentuckians struggling to get by during these challenging times, saying "Senator, you've been there for 36 years. How's it looking Kentucky?" McConnell shot back by saying "I think her [McGrath's] entire campaign is: she's a Marine, she's a mom and I've been there too long."
The second debate between South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and his Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison turned into a forum at at the last minute because the two sides couldn't agree on health protocols. Harris went first and largely stuck to bread and butter issues important to South Carolinians like expanded access to quality health care, an economy that works for everyone, and education reform. Graham went second and had the most memorable line of the night when he said “If you’re a young, African American or an immigrant, you can go anywhere in this state, you just need to be conservative, not liberal.”
Oct 07 2020
Salt Lake City, UT
Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence faced off at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City for their first and only debate. A couple memorable moments are when the moderator accidently referred to Senator Harris as Kamala Harris, to which the Senator responded "that's fine. I'm Kamala" and when a fly landed on Pence's head. The two repeatedly clashed over the Trump Administrations response to multiple crises gripping the United States, with Senator Harris strongly criticizing Trump and Pence for their inability to help everyday Americans and VP Pence largely sticking to talking points in defense of Trump.
Former NASA Astronaut and Democratic Senate nominee Mark Kelly faced off against Republican Senator Martha McSally at their first and only debate in Phoenix. McSally started off the debate by questioning Mr. Kelly's patriotism, which prompted Kelly to lament that this isn't the first time she has questioned her opponents patriotism. Kelly also strongly criticized McSally for not doing enough to stymie the growing crises gripping the nation, saying of McSally's and the Trump Administrations response “Senator, you understand this as a pilot: you guys did step one of the emergency procedure, and then you didn’t do anything else.”
Republican U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte and Democratic Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney participated in a debate, hosted by Montana PBS. The biggest topic that night for the candidates was abortion laws. This debate came just weeks before Election Day.
Montana gubernatorial candidates Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Mike Cooney participated in a debate, hosted by Montana Television Network. The debate between the two candidates focused on their approaches to the economy and their responses to the state of public health.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and his Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison faced off for the first time in an hour long debate in Columbia. Harrison brought his own plexiglass to create a divider between himself and Graham to show voters in his state that he is taking the ongoing health crisis "seriously." The two also sparred over what Harrison says were Graham's going back on his word over Supreme Court vacancies during an election year and who is best equipped to jumpstart a stalled economy.
The first Presidential Debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump was held in front of a small audience at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The topics debated were Biden's and Trump's records, the Supreme Court, pandemic, economy, racial unrest, and election integrity. Donald Trump constantly interrupted Joe Biden, prompting the former Vice President to ask Donald Trump "will you shut up, man?" Chris Wallace, the moderator for the evening, constantly had to chime in to ask Donald Trump to stop interrupting Joe Biden.
Sep 28 2020
Presque Isle, ME
Senator Susan Collins and Maine state House speaker Sara Gideon faced off in a debate for the Senate seat currently held by Ms. Collins in Presque Isle, Maine. The two traded a number of barbs, with Gideon consistently trying to punch a hole through Collins carefully crafted centrist image by reminding Maine voters of how often she has sided with Donald Trump, especially when it comes to tax cuts, "rubber stamping" Trump's judicial nominations, and "push[ing] the Supreme Court far to the right" while Collins accused Gideon of not lifting "a finger to do anything about the coronavirus".
12th Democratic Debate
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 10th Democratic Debate will be held at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina. CBS News is hosting the debate along with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. It is being held days after the Nevada caucuses and days before the South Carolina Democratic primary.
The 8th Democratic debate co-hosted by ABC and television station WMUR was held at St Anselm College, outside of Manchester, NH. The candidates surprisingly struck a less hostile tone than prior debates and there were even some moments of levity when Bernie Sanders was asked about a criticism by Hillary Clinton about his likability in the Senate, hoping to get some moments of disagreement, but instead Joe Biden talked about his admiration for Sanders and gave him a hug. Not all moments were light though, with multiple candidates questioning Pete Buttigieg about his inability to break through with non-white voters and Biden sharply criticizing Sanders over gun control.
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 6th Democratic debate co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico will be held at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The seven candidates who qualified will share the same stage for a single-night of debate. It begins at 8:00PM Eastern and is slated to end at 10:30PM. This will be the last debate of 2019.
The Fifth Democratic Debate will be hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Ten candidates qualified for the debate - Cory Booker, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, and Tom Steyer.
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.
The third Democratic debate in Houston brought the top ten candidates in the Democratic field onto the same stage for the first time and there was no shortage of lively discussion among the group. The top three candidates - Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders - stuck largely to their typical script, with neither of them delivering any major blows, to the likely relief of Joe Biden. The remaining seven candidates received ample time to deliver their message and answer questions from the moderators, but none appeared to deliver a breakout performance that would shake the top of the field up.
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.
Pre & Post Debate Candidate Interviews
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.
Pre & Post Debate Candidate Interviews
Night two of the first Democratic debate of the 2020 election cycle featured the second ten of twenty candidates who qualified to participate. The debate featured much more spirited discussion between the candidates than the first evening, with Vice President Biden, Senator Sanders, and Senator Harris engaging each other directly on a number of hot button issues like universal healthcare, racism, and immigration reform. One exchange in particular stood out when Senator Harris criticized Vice President Biden over his remarks praising former segregationist Southern Senators. Biden pushed back by saying Harris mischaracterized his words and insisted he did not praise racists.
Pre & Post Debate Candidate Interviews
The first Democratic debate of the 2020 election cycle featured the first ten of twenty candidates who qualified to participate. There were plenty of minor disagreements between the candidates, particularly on immigration, healthcare policy, and Donald Trump. Some notable moments are when Senator Warren publicly called for the elimination of private health insurance (a first for her), Julian Castro's passionate plea for a more inclusive immigration law, and a number of candidates answering questions in Spanish instead of English in a bid to appeal to Hispanic voters.
Pre & Post Debate Candidate Interviews