Dem Debate, Bernie vs. Biden, Leadership vs. Ideology

Dem Debate, Bernie vs. Biden, Leadership vs. Ideology

Last night’s Democratic primary debate was the first time in this election that we saw just two candidates go head-to-head: Former VP Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders. With the nation in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, the primary focus of the conversation centered around the need for a swift, calculated, and coordinated response […]

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A Preview of the Head to Head Debate Between Biden and Sanders

A Preview of the Head to Head Debate Between Biden and Sanders

In his press conference this week explaining why he is staying in the Presidential race, Senator Sanders promised in the upcoming Debate on Sunday night to ask Vice President Joe Biden “How are you going to respond to the scientists who tell us we have 7 or 8 years remaining to transform our energy system before irreparable harm takes place to this planet because of the ravages of climate change?”  We believe that the candidates will be asked about their climate change plans and that their differences will become more apparent.

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Climate Change and Debating Democrats — Where Do They Stand?

Climate Change and Debating Democrats — Where Do They Stand?

Of the 6 candidates on the stage tomorrow night, Senator Sanders has the most aggressive plans to address climate change and the environment — he backs $16 Trillion in federal government spending and the whole of the Green New Deal, whereas Amy Klobuchar has the most modest plans with spending at about $1 Trillion, and the other four are clumped together in the $1.5-3 Trillion range with an alphabet soup of program ideas.

Why This Matters: As the field winnows and the time spent with each candidate on specific issues during debates can expand, it will be interesting to see if climate change gets more air time.

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Climate Change And Environment Get Little Time In Democratic Debate – Again

Climate Change And Environment Get Little Time In Democratic Debate – Again

Two hours, ten candidates, four moderators, and less than 10 minutes of serious discussion of climate change in the Democratic Debate last night.  Only four of the ten candidates were asked a direct question or given a chance to provide a significant follow-up response on the issue that most agree is an “existential crisis” and the “#1 Priority” of several of the candidates.

Why This Matters:  Two questions and ten minutes is not enough time to discuss the existential crisis of our time. Period.

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