Tuesday, April 23, 2019

CNN holds quintuple presidential candidate town hall marathon

CNN was a bit gratuitous with its quintet of Democratic presidential town halls Monday might from Manchester, NH.  That’s about 70 miles north of Boston and a lot of Harvard and MIT students were in the audience.  The contestants were Amy Kolbuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg. 

I didn’t watch all of it, as I took off 90 minutes to watch PBS’s “Charm City” at 10 PM.

Elizabeth Warren rather overwhelmed everyone with her policy proposals and free college.  I didn’t know she had been a Republican until the mid 1990s, when, even under Clinton, she decided that working people were just falling too far behind (I wasn’t).

Bernie Sanders shocked everyone by maintaining that all prisoners should be allowed to vote, even Jahar Tsarnaev on death row. 
Pete Buttigieg sounded a little more conservative and reserved than the other candidates. He seems more concerned with individual rights on a neutral basis (like a libertarian) than with groups. He did make an interesting proposal regarding national service, which would be voluntary.  This comports with Buttigieg’s own military service from the Naval Reserve in Afghanistan in 2014, which occurred after the repeal of "don't ask don't tell".  He says he "came out" as gay later in life because he was satisfied about keeping his private and professional life separated for a long time, which became less tenable in the Internet era. 

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