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The Gen-Z Women’s Guide To Last Night’s Democratic Debate Pt. 2

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We hope that you’re hydrating and doing your skin care routine (don’t forget the SPF) because if these last two nights have taught us anything, it’s that we’re in it for the long haul. We’re back with a guide to part two of the first Democratic debate. We’ve got ten more candidates and another round of white men whose names you are allowed to forget immediately after learning.

The What: Part two of the first Democratic debate. We have another ten candidates who are trying to prove that they’re the best option to be the Democratic nominee who will run against Donald Trump in 2020.

The Who: Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Kamala Harris (CA), Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Senator Michael Bennet (CO), Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA), Former Governor John Hickenlooper (CO), Attorney Andrew Yang, Author Marianne Williamson.

For political purposes you should be paying attention to Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg. If you love memes, you should be paying attention to Marianne Williamson.

Why Do We Care?: This second night had a lot of heavy hitters who will likely be on the ballot when it comes time for you to vote. Like we’ve said, these debates are the first chance many candidates will get to make their case to a national audience. It’s a good way for you to get a feel for who’s style and tone you like best. Because these debates are so crowded, the best way to get to know a candidate’s policy proposals is still to check out their website.

Now, we judge!

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The tone on healthcare has def been set by Bernie, who has basically pushed most major Democrats in the direction of Medicare for all. Last night Kamala Harris came out as in favor of a Bernie-like plan to get rid of private insurance, which was a notable change in position. (She has since said that she misinterpreted the question, and would not abolish private insurance.)

Over both nights of debate, here’s where all the important people stand on this issue:

Abolish private insurance: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Medicare for all, but keep some private insurance: Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker.

No Medicare for all: Joe Biden

Passing the Torch

A major criticism of Joe Biden (who will always live in our meme hearts as Obama‘s best friend) is that he’s too old and out of touch with what young voters want. There seemed to be some merit to that idea as younger members of the party took the spotlight last night, including Pete Buttigieg (who happens to be the only openly gay candidate in the race). Even radical Bernie Sanders looked a little lackluster last night. He seemed to be doing his best “Annoying Uncle at Thanksgiving” impression.

Watch the otherwise boring Eric Swalwell roast Biden for refusing to pass the torch in his best moment of the debate.

Eric Swalwell promptly killed this sweet burn by repeating it eight million times throughout the rest of the debate.

Kamala Harris

If you take away one this from this debate, it’s that Kamala Harris is the one to watch. She powerfully took Joe Biden to task on the issue of race. Joe has a bit of a sketchy record on issues of race. He recently said some glowing stuff about working with senators who supported segregation. Kamala also called him out for his failure to support federal ‘busing’ policy, which basically allowed the government to enforce desegregation in schools.

Watching Kamala describe when the government should use its power to support minorities was amazing! Catch her brief mention of the ERA, which is shorthand for the Equal Rights Amendment, a proposed Constitutional amendment that would make discrimination based on sex illegal. THAT’S NOT PART OF THE CONSTITUTION RIGHT NOW YOU GUYS.

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Meme Of the Night

The clear queen of memes from the second night of debate was Marianne Williamson. Marianne has almost zero policy position but no shortage of weird new age jargon. Twitter, obviously loves her.

Our conclusion after watching two night of this? The ladies are killing it. Alexa, play Lizzo‘s “Like A Girl!”