The second Democratic debate got underway on Saturday night, to a viewership that was half the size of the first debate. Hard hitting CBS moderators dove straight into foreign policy and terrorism questions, where Clinton’s vast experience showed that she was able to think of the bigger picture and America’s place in the world, looking like a tough commander in chief. Clinton overall was more subdued than the first debate and was mainly on the defence from attacks on her record by both Sanders and O’Malley. However, Clinton still managed to have stronger answers on gun control, immigration, jobs and also on her economic policies about Wall Street, a surprise considering Sanders’ previous strength in this area.
Sanders’ biggest moment was about not taxing the rich at 90% and comparing himself to Dwight Eisenhower. Clinton’s biggest moment was about having women as 60% of her donors. O’Malley exceeded expectations, attacking the others and promoting his state’s economic and education record. However he admitted that Governors don’t have much experience when it comes to crises on a presidential level, and he remains well behind both candidates in the polls. When it comes to voting for a commander in chief, Clinton remains ahead of the other candidates, however it is unlikely that anyone’s opinion was changed by this debate.
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