Five candidates participated in the first Democratic debate for the 2016 presidential election. We broke down some of their biggest points.
- On her lack of consistency on issues: “I absorb new information and look at what is happening in the world.”
- On U.S. relations with Russia and Syria: “We have to stand up to (Vladimir Putin’s) bullying.”
- “I think being the first woman president would be quite a change.”
- Paid maternity leave is viable, as seen in California, and will not put a strain on small businesses
- Raise minimum wage and introduce free public college education.
- Take greater action in regulating Wall Street rather than having Wall Street regulate Congress.
- Climate change is a moral issue and the fossil fuel industry is funding the Republican party.
- Would vote yes to legalizing marijuana, because he sees too many young people in prison.
- Spoke a lot about his military experience and work at the Pentagon.
- On immigration: “We need comprehensive reform and we need to define our borders.”
- Need to respect the tradition of people who want to protect themselves with guns.
- “The Democratic Party is the party who gives people who have no voice … a voice.”
- Would improve intelligence-gathering in foreign countries.
- Wants to reinstate Glass-Steagall, an act that restricted commercial banks.
- On immigration: “I am for a generous, compassionate America that says we are all in it together.”
- As president, would plan to move America to a 100 percent clean electric grid by 2050.
- Strong proponent of the Iran Deal.
- Reminds the public that in 30 years of public service, he has had no scandals.
- On data collecting and surveillance: “I would be in favor of addressing and reforming section 215 of the Patriot Act.”
- On Clinton’s email scandal: “We need someone with the best ethical standards.”
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