The debates are finally here.
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After months, and months, and months of waiting, the first Democratic debate finally arrived Wednesday night. It was long, chaotic, and interrupted by some embarrassing technical difficulties. And we’ll get it do it all again tomorrow!
If you missed the excitement, here are the most important screengrabs and GIFs of the night:
The 10 on the left went tonight. The 10 on the right are going tomorrow. And there are four candidates who weren’t even invited!
Mediocre attempts to speak Spanish were the highlight of the first half of the debate. Beto O’Rourke kicked things off with a few lines en Español that caught Cory Booker’s attention. Perhaps because he’d later do the same thing.
The first “show of hands” question of the night came from Lester Holt, who asked the candidates if they would abolish private health insurance “in favor of a government run plan.” Only Bill de Blasio, who won’t be the Democratic nominee, and Elizabeth Warren, who might be, raised their hands. We’ll likely be hearing more about that from the GOP.
O’Rourke and de Blasio were the first to mix it up when the New York City Mayor criticized the former congressman’s unwillingness to abolish private health insurance. De Blasio looked so disappointed.
The second “show of hands” question went the other way, with nine out of 10 candidates affirming their support for the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran “as it was originally negotiated.” The only holdout was Cory Booker, who endorsed the deal when he was given the floor to speak. Shrewd move.
The second hour of the debate meant new moderators and microphone problems. Chuck Todd didn’t know what the hell was going on.
After realizing that the mics were still hot on the first group of moderators, Todd and Rachel Maddow threw up their hands and threw to commercial.
The troll-in-chief loved it.
And so he pointed.
Here’s Jay when he finally got to talk climate change.
And this guy behind Lester Holt was spent.
The most entertaining back-and-forth of the night came when Representatives Tim Ryan and Tulsi Gabbard debated the war in Afghanistan. Ryan defended the idea of staying “engaged” in the longest war in U.S. history, while Gabbard said the U.S. needs to get out. Ryan’s creepy stare did not go over well online.
That’s it! For these candidates at least. Everyone else, meet back here same time tomorrow.