The Democratic primary debate is set to be broadcast, reports CBS News. As such, links such as “How to watch Saturday’s Democratic debate” on the CBS News website, along with a live link to streaming video of the Democratic debate, are very popular, as reported by Alexa.
One day after the horrific Paris attacks that killed more than 100 people, the Democratic primary debate comes at a time when terrorism and the reaction of political experts to such attacks are of great interest to Americans and others around the world.
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The hashtag #DemDebate is also surging on Twitter, with the social networking site reporting 66,300 tweets about the trend flowing into Twitter on Saturday evening. The Democratic debate moderator mentioned that the #DemDebate hashtag could be used by debate viewers to send their responses about the debate coverage as they watched along — whether online or via conventional means. Twitter was called a partner in the debate process.
Meanwhile, the Paris attacks were called a threat against the very democratic process that the debates represent.
The Democratic debate began on Saturday night with a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris attacks, before introducing presidential hopefuls such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.
Each debate participant was given at least one minute to give their thoughts about the Paris attacks. Senator Sanders spoke of ridding the world of ISIS prior to launching into his thoughts on the country’s wealth going to the top one percent. Sanders also still believes that climate change is the greatest threat to the planet, all the while allowing that terrorism is a great threat as well. Sanders called the invasion of Iraq disastrous, and said that it was a move he opposed and that it eventually led the massive level of instability that the world sees now in terms of terrorism.
Secretary of State Clinton spoke of prayers being with the people of Paris, but that prayers weren’t enough. Radical jihadists that motivate terrorist groups like ISIS need to be eradicated. Clinton reminded the public that electing a new president meant putting a new commander-in-chief in office that needs to get rid of terrorists. Clinton noted that terrorism existed a long time prior to the invasion of Iraq, even prior to her husband being president.
For his part, Governor O’Malley spoke of his heart going out to the folks of France, and called Americans capable of working together to attack the new sort of threat of terrorism. There was never a single day that O’Malley said he went to bed or woke up without realizing that terrorism could happen on U.S. soil once more.
The democratic debate offered a platform for presidential candidates to offer details on how they would corral military forces or use other tactics to try and stop foes like ISIS.
The Democratic presidential primary debate aired on Saturday, November 14, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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