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And now, a few words from the Democrats: The first Democratic Presidential Debate

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The first round of Democratic Primary Presidential debates for the 2016 presidential election occurred last evening, Tuesday, October 13th. Discussion topics included gun control, the shrinking of the middle class, the raising of the minimum wage, imminent climate change, college affordability, Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, and injustices surrounding the criminal justice system.

According to New York Times highlight coverage, Clinton had the most speaking time at 31:05 minutes during the over-two hour debate, while Chafee spoke the least, commenting for a total of 9:11 minutes. The other candidates fell between this range.

We’ve captured a memorable line from each candidate here.

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley:

Former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor Martin O'Malley announces his decision to seek the Democratic nomination for the presidency, at Federal Hill in Baltimore on Saturday, May 30, 2015. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun/TNS)
Former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor Martin O’Malley announces his decision to seek the Democratic nomination for the presidency, at Federal Hill in Baltimore on Saturday, May 30, 2015. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun/TNS)

“Injustice does not solve itself. What I’m talking about is this: our middle class is shrinking, our poor families are becoming poorer, and 70% of us are earning the same or less than we were earning twelve years ago…our economy isn’t money; it’s people, it’s all of our people. And so we must invest in our country and the potential of our kids…”

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont:

Democratic Presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders speaks about the Workplace Democracy Act on Capitol Hill on Oct. 6, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
Democratic Presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders speaks about the Workplace Democracy Act on Capitol Hill on Oct. 6, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

“Today in America, we have more people in jail than any other country on earth. African American youth unemployment is 51%, hispanic youth unemployment is 36%. It seems to me that instead of building more jails, and providing more incarceration, maybe, just maybe, we should be putting money into education and jobs for our kids.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

Hillary Clinton on the debate stage on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Brian Cahn/Zuma Press/TNS)
Hillary Clinton on the debate stage on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Brian Cahn/Zuma Press/TNS)

“But for me this is about bringing our country together again and I will do everything I can to heal the divides, the divides economically, because there’s too much inequality– the racial divides, the continuing discrimination against the LBGTQ community–so that we will work together and, yes, finally fathers will be able to say to their daughters, ‘you too can grow up to be president.'”

Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee:

Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island speaks at the 2012 Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tuesday, September 4, 2012. (Harry E. Walker/MCT)
Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island speaks at the 2012 Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tuesday, September 4, 2012. (Harry E. Walker/MCT)

“I’m very proud that in my almost thirty years of public service I have had no scandals. I have always been honest, I have the courage to take the long term view, and I’ve shown good judgement. I have high ethical standards.”

Former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia:  

Sen. Jim Webb, D-VA, practices the Democratic response to the President's State of the Union, Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (CHUCK KENNEDY/MCT)
Sen. Jim Webb, D-VA, practices the Democratic response to the President’s State of the Union, Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (CHUCK KENNEDY/MCT)

“We’re looking for a leader who understands how the system works, who has not been co-opted by it, and also has a proven record of accomplishing different things. I have a record of working across the political aisle, I’ve also spent more than half of my professional life away from politics in the independent world of being an author, a journalist and a sole proprietor.”

The next Democratic Presidential Primary Debate will occur on November 14th. Check the Polaris Press for continuing coverage.

 

Gus Dexheimer's favorite things are people and butter. She’s also a fan of puns, long distance running, power tools, realistic fiction, pastries, new places, old photographs, and good conversation. This is her third year on the APP, and her second year as Editor In-Chief. Gus can’t wait to continue exploring and investigating the people and the world around her via The Polaris Press. In her "spare time," Gus runs varsity cross country, works at a bakery/restaurant, and does a lot of talking. She lives by one of her late grandfather’s many unofficial mottos: things change.

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