Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Little disagreement among Democratic candidates on CNN


The CNN Democratic Debate or 2015, hosted by Anderson Cooper in Las Vegas, featured Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, former Va. Senator Jim Webb, and former Maryland Governor Martnin O’Malley. Noticeably absent is Joe Biden, who has not yet announced whether he will run.
  
CNN’s main coverage link is here.

There was a question about Bernie Sanders’s application for conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War.  Sanders said he objected to the policy that led to the war, not to the men serving in it.  Warner said that what mattered now is whether a candidate had complied with the draft law as it was at the time, an interesting reflection. It’s also interesting, that as I recall, Warner had supported lifting the ban on gays in the military in 1993 but later went along with “don’t ask don’t tell” as an incremental step (link).

Both Sanders and Clinton spoke out for mandating paid family leave, although they were a little sloppy on the issue of whether it really should be mandatory.  Clinton said that there was a way to pay for it (probably with a payroll tax like what Washington DC proposes;  DC would include adoption and eldercare as well). Clinton said that California (where Fiorna is) had made progress, but I think that progress comes from the fact that all the big tech companies offer paid parental leave voluntarily.

Sanders was very strong on climate change, saying we risked leaving our descendants an uninhabitable planet.

O'Malley got a hard time over the police and treatment of African Americans in Baltimore.

Sanders gave Hillary a break over the email issue.


Dave Edmondson (formerly with GLIL in the 90s) has a lot of comments from the debate on his Twitter feed under #Demdebate, here


The candidates really did not differ much on gun control m -- even as Hillary gave him a hard time about it. Sanders, however, said that a gun shop that sells a weapon legally and does the required checks should not be held liable for what a gun owner subsequently does. Apparently he had voted against one of the Brady bills and against a bill enhancing gun-shop downstream liability.
    
But Sanders made the strongest statement on income inequality, comparing us to European democracies.  Vox points out that Sanders says "Wall Street regulates Congress", story

Webb got into an argument with Anderson Cooper when he went over time in talking about China (as if he were Trump).


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