RedState Live Blogs the Las Vegas Democratic Debate

Last updated February, 19th 2020 at 11:14 PM est

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  • Feb 19, 2020 11:14 PM est | Sister Toldjah       

Good night, y'all! Thanks for joining us...

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:13 PM est | Sister Toldjah       

O'Donnell just said they don't have the audio of the Bernie/Biden post-debate rumble

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:12 PM est | Streiff        

Okay, thanks everyone who tuned in to watch and many thanks to my colleagues who pitched in tonight.. This is way past my bedtime, I'll see y'all in the morning.

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:11 PM est | Sister Toldjah       

Matthews: " I think Warren has fought back into 3rd place, possibly 2nd place" - really? I think that's wishful thinking on Chris Matthews' part.

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:11 PM est | Jeff Charles       

@SistahToldjah, that's a good observation. It's odd that she would be so cordial to him when she went after him with the fire of a thousand suns on his #MeToo scandals. 

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:11 PM est | Nick Arama       

No one but Trump really won, but Bloomberg definitely lost, I think.

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:10 PM est | Sister Toldjah       

Lawrence O'Donnell talking about how Warren and Bloomberg "talked cordially" during a commercial break, showing a lot of Warren's talk is for the cameras.

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:10 PM est | Streiff        

Check out Joe Cunningham's winners and losers post https://www.redstate.com/joesquire/2020/02/19/winners-and-losers-of-the-las-vegas-democratic-debate/

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:10 PM est | Jeff Charles       

Klobuchar? Who cares? 

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:10 PM est | Jeff Charles       

Bloomberg? He had his moments, but he did not make a very effective showing here. Seemed nervous, and had trouble articulating his points. He did rise to the occasion when his capitalism was questioned. He did not back down, and he did not apologize for his wealth. Instead, he doubled down and showed that he was proud of what he amassed. This is anathema to the far left, but for moderates, centrists, and independents, this is like candy. Even so, I'm not convinced that this will propel him to the top. If anything, he'll remain in the same place. 

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:09 PM est | Streiff        

Sanders did a great job of evading the cost of Medicare 4 All, Bloomberg was not even questioned on his soft drink policy and got off light on his support for redlining and stop and frisk.

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:08 PM est | Sister Toldjah       

Waiting to hear Chris Matthews' take...

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:08 PM est | Streiff        

agreed. Biden is bleeding black voters in SC and without taking a supermajority there, he's going to end up in second place in his firewall state.

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:08 PM est | Jeff Charles       

Sanders managed to avoid the tough questions about how he would pay for his "free everything" platform. The other candidates brought it up, but the moderators would not allow him to be pushed on it. He came away better than he should have. 

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:07 PM est | Jeff Charles       

Biden performed better than he ever has at these debates. Had some stumbles, but overall, he represented himself and his experience well. The question is: Will it be enough to get him back to frontrunner status? I'm doubtful. Unless Sanders makes a huge mistake, Biden is still down for the count. 

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:07 PM est | Streiff        

@Jeff absolutely. This is the first time we've seen them go after each other. I think Bloomberg is the reason because with him in the race and gaining in the polls, time is running out for Buttigieg and Klobuchar and Biden

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:06 PM est | Susie Moore       

"He lost everything."  Not a favorable assessment of Bloomberg. 

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:05 PM est | Jeff Charles       

I'm not sure if anyone really won this debate. Warren got off some effective attacks. Buttigieg was inconsistent; at times he gave some good challenges to the frontrunners, and at others, he seemed like a deer in the headlights. 

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:05 PM est | Streiff        

If they try to convince moderates that the current economy is bad and that they are oppressed, they are going to get some blank stares.

  • Feb 19, 2020 11:04 PM est | Streiff        

agreed, Trump is the winner.

The issues they focused on, health care and climate change, are nothingburgers in the general.