The first Democratic presidential debates are in the books. The 20 candidates hit on everything from immigration to health care to gun control – but mostly missed out on one issue that has continually been top of mind for many Americans in recent polling: better government.
The Twitterverse, however, was all about it, starting with how the debate could skip over four candidates.
We are genuinely confused as to why @TheDemocrats can accommodate 20 candidates while arbitrarily excluding a congr… https://t.co/lWtJt4cXBg— Open the Debates (@Open the Debates)1561592554.0
Once things got down to business (cue Mulan), people had questions.
Gerrymandering? Campaign finance reform? Corruption? Citizens United? #DemDebate— Jacqueline (@Jacqueline)1561686271.0
I'm actually surprised a bit that money in politics hasn't come up in the context of guns, health care reform, the economy...— Stephen Fee (@Stephen Fee)1561602563.0
And where are the campaign finance reports to see who's taking $$$ from Big Pharma and Wall Street firms? #DemDebate— Kalitha Williams (@Kalitha Williams)1561599113.0
Not a single question about voting rights in 25 debates in 2016 Same thing happened in first 2020 debate, even as… https://t.co/t2Vu9TWRps— Ari Berman (@Ari Berman)1561604572.0
Are we seriously going to end the last 15 minutes of this #DemDebate without addressing at length the Republican-ma… https://t.co/BjsO25xuoF— Stephen Wolf (@Stephen Wolf)1561689790.0
When mentions did, come up, some folks got pretty excited.
Alright Beto! Love the response on voting rights. #DemDebate— Shaneka L. Stanley (@Shaneka L. Stanley)1561598258.0
#DemDebate Omg, I thought I had my favorite 3 (Castro, Warren & Booker) then Deblasio nailed it with the answer to… https://t.co/mcg2Zn4DDu— Ericka Keyton (@Ericka Keyton)1561603538.0
Ok Mayor Pete on democracy reform! #DemDebate— Jessica Barba Brown (@Jessica Barba Brown)1561688928.0
Thank you Sen. Bennett. We were waiting or somebody to bring up Shelby and this horrific gerrymandering ruling.… https://t.co/2EUxfCx31d— MAYDAY America (@MAYDAY America)1561688012.0
TY @SenGillibrand for bringing up democracy and campaign finance reform. It's the root of so much bad. #DemDebate— Vicki Shabo (@Vicki Shabo)1561688083.0
But even when the wannabe future leaders of the free world did bring it up, some people needed more info.
Bennet: We need to "restore our democracy at home." Great! But what does that mean??? Senator Bennet, you recently… https://t.co/bUHCfDx4kx— Equal Citizens (@Equal Citizens)1561689752.0
With so little detail from the candidates, others got creative.
My plan for campaign finance reform: a $1M fine for every time a candidate says “folks.” Proceeds go to local after… https://t.co/BPbA3qhKo3— Sam Melnick (@Sam Melnick)1561687436.0
Trump just asked lawyers to start looking into if using campaign dollars for Rosetta Stone is allowed under campaig… https://t.co/FRRJIrcMcn— Big W (@Big W)1561597713.0
And when all else failed, fashion won.
CAN SOMEONE LET ME KNOW IF ANDREW YANG IS WEARING A TIE???!!? 👔— Seung Min Kim (@Seung Min Kim)1561683388.0
There’s a Presidential candidate in the #DemDebate without a tie on right now and while I don’t know who the hell h… https://t.co/bAQIK39Okl— Jason Fonder🧢 (@Jason Fonder🧢)1561685974.0
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