Highlights From the 2020 Nevada Democratic Debate
Elizabeth Warren Attacked Michael Bloomberg
Elizabeth Warren came out like a prizefighter against Michael Bloomberg during the Democratic debate Wednesday, saying, "I'd like to talk about who we're running against....a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians. And no, I'm not talking about Donald Trump. I'm talking about Mayor Bloomberg."
As if that opening salvo wasn't enough, Warren continued her attack on the man standing next to her, further saying, "Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women and of supporting racist policies. Democrats take a huge risk we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another."
It was a tough night to be a billionaire in Las Vegas on that presidential debate stage. Tougher for Bloomberg than for President Donald Trump. Trump was at his own rally, saying, "I understand they're really pounding him [Bloomberg], over there tonight."
Bloomberg's Non-Disclosure Agreements
Warren continued her relentless attack, asking the New York City billionaire when and if he was going to agree to allow the women who had signed the non-disclosure agreements, to talk about their complaints against him and his corporations.
Political writer and satirist Mark Steyne joked that Bloomberg should get the other candidates to sign agreements not to disclose the contents of the debate, since he did so poorly.
Chris Matthews Criticized Candidates for Not Attacking Bernie Sanders
MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews criticized the candidates for not attacking the frontrunner, Bernie Sanders. Matthews, who has previously stated, "Socialism doesn't work," admonished the others for not attacking Socialist Bernie Sanders who won the popular vote in both Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary.
Matthews expressed concern that by giving Bernie a pass at the debate they were giving Sanders a free route to the nomination.
Sanders Was Concerned About Superdelegates Again
The final question of the night might've revealed Sanders' concerns about the superdelegates. The candidates were asked, "If you reach the Democratic Convention and no candidate has enough delegates to win the nomination, do you believe the one with the most delegates at that time should be declared the nominee, or should the Convention play out until someone wins a majority of delegates?"
Moderator Chuck Todd probably asked the key question of the night when he proposed it, because the superdelegates come into play in the second ballot of the Convention in Milwaukee as the rules stand now.
Should the Delegate Frontrunner Before the DNC Win?
Bernie Sanders replied to Chuck Todd's question as follows, "The candidate with the most delegates should win before the Convention."
The other five replied the process should play out during the Convention until some candidate wins the required majority of delegates. According to most Convention's rules, delegates are tied to their candidate only through the first or second ballot. After that, Bernie's candidates could flow to former Vice-President Joe Biden, Bloomberg, Warren, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar or someone else who's not even running . . . like Hillary Clinton.
Could Hillary Clinton Rise Like a Phoenix From the Ashes?
Speaking of Hillary Clinton, could she rise from the ashes and win the nomination for the second time? All but left for dead throughout this vigorous campaign season, her name was mentioned this week as a possible vice-presidential candidate on the Ellen DeGeneres Show during an interview. Hillary did not absolutely say no.
Rumors also floated through the Nevada sky that Bloomberg might ask Hillary to be his running mate if he secures the nomination.
MSNBC Said Bernie Must Receive the Nomination If He Leads in Delegates
An MSNBC panel decided the Democratic Party cannot afford to deny Bernie the nomination if he leads in the delegate count at the start of the convention. One analyst said there would be a revolution within the party if the Socialist is denied the nomination for the second time. Sanders' supporters felt the Super Delegates deprived Bernie of the nomination in 2016 in favor of Hillary Clinton after he actually won it. Donna Brazille admitted the Democratic National Committee favored Hillary over Bernie.
Tucker Carlson Said Bloomberg Paid $460 Million to Get Humiliated
Tucker Carlson, on his Fox News Show, posed the question, "What can you buy with $460 million?" That is the amount Bloomberg has spent on his campaign thus far. He went through a litany of things including a Boeing 747, an NFL Stadium or a pack of M&Ms for every single person in the country.
"Or you could take all that money and use it to get humiliated by Elizabeth Warren on national television, and that's what Michael Bloomberg did Wednesday night," Carlson concluded.
Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar Went to War
Maybe hostility was just in the air Wednesday, but former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar also exchanged blows. Mayor Pete hammered her over the fact she couldn't name the president of Mexico. He said to her, "You're staking your candidacy on your Washington experience. You're on the committee that oversees border security. You're on the committee that does trade. You're literally part of the committee that's overseeing these things. And you're not able to speak to literally the first thing about the politics of the country itself."
Klobuchar responded, "I wish everyone was as perfect as you Pete, but let me tell you what it's like to be in the arena. I'm actually so proud of the work that I've done on immigration reform. And you know what, you have not been in the arena doing that work."
President Trump Critiqued the Debate
President Donald Trump continued his campaign at a typically boisterous rally in Phoenix, Ariz., Wednesday night, saying, "Now they have a new member of the crew, Mini Mike!" (Trump was referring to Bloomberg.) "I hear he's getting pounded at the debate!"
Trump further said of his former golfing partner, "He's probably not getting the Democratic nomination."
Trump Asked About Bernie Sanders
Trump further repeated his accusations that the Democratic National Committee is trying to take the nomination from Sanders like they did in 2016. "How's he [Bernie] doing tonight?" he asked the huge crowd at his rally.
Trump has repeatedly accused the Democratic Party establishment of stealing the nomination from Bernie Sanders in 2016 when he lost out to Hillary Clinton.
Abraham Lincoln Won in Three Ballots—Can Sanders?
It took Abraham Lincoln three ballots to win the Republication nomination in the historic 1860 Convention. Lincoln upset New York's William Seward to pull off the upset. While Seward led after the first ballot, Lincoln was able to pick off enough delegates by the third ballot to defeat Seward who he later named his Secretary of State.
The Democrats may be facing a similar situation this year if Bernie arrives at the convention with enough delegates to be first, but not enough to win.
Trump Fired a Shot at Democrats
Trump said in Las Vegas Friday, "Bloomberg spent $500 million just to get embarrassed by Pocahontas Warren."
Trump further slammed the 78-year old media mogul, adding, "You know what? He'll spend another $500 million. I spent $$70 million and won."
The President further joked that Bloomberg was so upset with his own performance that he "went backstage and fired a lot of people."-'How the hell did you get me into this?"