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There was a debate on February 7, 2020. Fortunately, there was one candidate who stood at from the rest-Amy Klobuchar.
If Senator Klobuchar can consistently perform as she did in this debate, stay on message and keep her energy high she can beat Donald Trump. She is smarter, she is a fiery moderate, and she will appeal to independent voters. If she performs against Donald trump like she did in this debate, he will look like the ignorant bully that he is.
With Klobuchar, you have substance and form. Here are some points from ABC News:
In a striking moment, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, compared the former mayor's popularity to President Donald Trump's in 2016.
"It is much harder to lead and much harder to take those difficult positions, because I think this going after every single thing that people do because it's popular to say and makes you look like a cool newcomer," she said. "I don't think that's what people want right now. We have a newcomer in the white house and look where it got us. I think having some experience is a good thing."
In one of the first moments on stage, Klobuchar point-blank said Americans are looking for someone who can attract the middle and not shut voters out.
"And I would submit that is me," Klobuchar said.
She also wasn't afraid to make cases against her opponents.
In defense of the Affordable Care Act, Klobuchar launched an attack against Sanders, Warren and Buttigieg.
"I keep listening to this same debate, and it is not real," she said. "It is not real, Bernie, because two-thirds of the Democrats in the Senate are not on your bill and because it would kick 149 million Americans off their current health insurance in four years. And let me say what else. Elizabeth wants to do it in two years. And Pete, you sent out a tweet just a few years ago that said affirmatively you are for Medicare for All for the ages. So, I would like to point out that leadership is taking a position, looking at things and sticking with them."
ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl said Klobuchar was having "her best debate."
"She's taking on her opponents, making contrasts, but also clearly articulating the case for her candidacy," Karl said.
ABC News Senior National Correspondent Terry Moran similarly said Klobuchar had her best debate.
"She's hit Buttigieg hard and taken on Bernie to good effect as well. And she's done it while delivering her message—that she is the most pragmatic, optimistic, centrist candidate on that stage," Moran said.
He noted it might be "too little, too late," but said, "she is shining here tonight."
While Klobuchar may have shined, Warren appeared to miss her moment.
ABC News Senior Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce said she was surprised that Warren didn't dominate the stage as much as she had in previous debates.
"She just didn't seem to have that big standout moment, and she needs that because, as we had been discussing, she needs a win in early states," Bruce said. "I think she was hoping her near home state advantage might give her a boost, but I didn't really see that tonight."
Both women were endorsed by the New York Times, a surprising move and a break from the tradition of one candidate earning the paper's endorsement.
Democrats need a nominee with substance, form and strength. Klobuchar demonstrated she has all three. She stood out from the rest of the pack:
Joe Biden is the establishment candidate. He gives the impression he is running because he must run, despite some bright moments he missed the mark in an inconsistent performance showing he is not the person to run against Trump.
Bernie Sanders is long on preaching, and short on substance. He is not a democrat; he is a socialist who will not win over Trump because he cannot pull slightly conservative moderates to vote for him. He preaches and as a consistent blow hard on Medicare for all he cannot tell voters how he will pay for it or how he will get Congress to pass it-particularly if the GOP keeps its majority in the Senate. Moreover, he has not said how he convinces more centrist Congressional Democrats to vote for the plan. His idea is a good one but is pie in the sky.
Elizabeth Warren preaches, lectures, and appears to be the candidate who thinks she is better than everyone else. Her connection with most of the voting public is cloudy, she appears to have a disconnect that will not resonate with the general election voter. She is intelligent, but her performance as a presidential candidate shows us one thing-she needs to remain in the Senate and legislate.
Pete Buttigieg-Black voters will not vote for him because when he is faced with questions about racial discord during his term as mayor, he punts. He comes off as being disconnected from people of color. Moreover, he will never be able to identify with people of color meaning he will not be able to build the coalition needed to win. Finally, in this case intelligence and smooth talk does not mean experience when experience counts.
Andrew Yang—super smart, good on the issues but he seemed to be in the background and unwilling to fight to get noticed. He just does not have the will demonstrated by Klobuchar to win. His personality will be overpowered by Donald Trump.
Tom Steyer-he talks issues, he is practical, and he has a strong desire to beat Trump. He has the personality to do it, but he does not have Klobuchar’s magnetism. If Klobuchar continues the path she took last night, it is her experience and magnetism that beats out Steyer. If it is not Klobuchar as the nominee, Democrats need to take a long hard look at Steyer.
If Democrats want to beat Trump, they need an intelligent centrist with experience, not a socialist or liberal. Like the conservative right, the liberal left will end up being too extreme forcing the all-important center to make an unpleasant choice. Remember, Clinton was a centrist and she won the popular vote.
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