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Key Takeaways from Last Night’s Presidential Debate

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13 2015: (L-R) Democratic presidential debate features candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at Wynn Las Vegas in first CNN Democratic Debate. - Image

Last night’s Democratic Presidential Debate, hosted by CNN and the New York Times, was nothing short of fiery, passionate discourse on the country’s top priority concerns. Candidates were asked to answer tough questions regarding gun control, holding drug companies accountable for the opioid epidemic, health care, women’s health, how to tackle automation in the job industry, and more.

While we don’t have all day to cover every detail of the debate, Politico shares key takeaways you should know from last night’s presidential debate.

And here’s my take on a super quick summary from last night’s debate:

Senator Bernie Sanders showed great perseverance despite his recent heart attack scare and continues to stand by his support for his wealth tax plan, affordable healthcare, and climate change. Senator Elizabeth Warren, now considered a “frontrunner,” faced sharp criticism from multiple sides of the debate, but defended herself masterfully. Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg brought their A-game in last night’s event, providing fresh wit and new perspectives. Julían Castro did not have the most talking time, but made a powerful statement accusing Trump of letting ISIS prisoners run free while “caging children at the border.”

Kamala Harris provided passionate statements to prioritize women’s healthcare and end gun violence, while businessman Andrew Yang shares his “Freedom Dividend” plan of giving American families $1,000 a month to fight against automation. When it came to foreign policy, Tulsi Gabbard used her military background as proof of her strength in knowing how to deal with American military activity in the Middle East. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke had strong opinions when it came to gun violence and assault rifle bans.

One thing that did stand out to me was a statement made by Senator Corey Booker in last night’s debate. He urged candidates to not tear each other apart and lose sight of their common goal of ousting the sitting president while acknowledging the intense political commentary that took place.

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Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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