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Democratic Debate Debrief

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On September 12th, the third democratic debate took place in Houston, Texas. Only 10 candidates qualified for this debate because the requirement was to have at least 2 percent in the polls and 130,000 contributors. Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Senator Bernie Sanders were the clear frontrunners. They were followed by Senator Kamala Harris, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Representative Beto O’Rourke, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and former Housing Secretary Juliàn Castro.

The discussions covered a lot of ground, ranging from vehement debates on healthcare to deliberation on gun control. There were many memorable moments that resulted in what seems to be the downfall of certain candidates and the advancement of others. One of these moments was Beto O’Rourke’s response to the recent mass shooting in El Paso, to which he said, “hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-37.” This was a highlight for O’Rourke but since his polling numbers are currently abysmal he is not considered a threat to the other candidates. 

Juliàn Castro certainly made a name for himself that night, but not the way that he would have hoped. Castro implied that Biden was suffering from memory loss when he said, “are you forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago?” This comment can be credited to Castro’s drop in the polls because, as of now, Castro holds less than 1 percent in the polls.  

However, the most significant event of the night was the long, heated debate about healthcare. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders stand for Medicare For All, which essentially abolishes all private healthcare and puts everyone on government-run healthcare. However, those who come from a more moderate standpoint, including Joe Biden, say that there should be a public option while those who would like to keep their insurance can. The candidates fought each other like cats and dogs, so the upcoming months will be quite exciting. However, most of the candidates’ positions in the polls are unchanged following the debate, meaning that it has impacted little in the public opinion. Don’t forget to watch the next Democratic debate on Tuesday, October 15th.

Amelia Killackey is currently a junior at The Packer Collegiate Institute and is one of the layout editors for the Packer Prism this year. Amelia continues to pursue journalism in hopes to expand on her love for writing and politics. She is also very passionate about truth in the media and hopes to translate this into her articles. Amelia can be found at Harvard Model Congress or Model UN. She also loves skiing and debating about current events. She is excited to contribute new ideas to the Prism. Amelia can be reached at

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