Asked why Democrats should trust a man who has been a Democrat for only two years, Chafee said he has not changed his party but not his positions on issues.
Cooper brought up Baltimore’s crime rate that emanated from O’Malley’s policies while mayor. O’Malley insisted he turned around crime and saved over 1,000 lives. He neglected to mention the many homicides that have the city on fire. Cooper brought up the ACLU’s and NAACP’s suing O’Malley. O’Malley bragged about making fewer arrests, an odd approach to crime.
Webb was asked if he was too far to the right for his party on race issues. He then groveled for the black vote and used all the required liberal buzzwords.
Cooper then brought up the topic of guns, allowing all the candidates to say why they hate guns and gun owners.
However, Cooper asked Sanders if he was too pro-gun. Sanders proudly bragged about having a D- rating from the NRA. He is also against assault weapons. Like most people using anti-gun rhetoric, Sanders did not specifically state which guns were assault weapons. They are defined as any guns that anti-gun people find scary.
Hillary attacked the NRA and drew cheers. She attacked Sanders for being against the Brady Law. She demanded accountability, which is quite ironic given her scandals.
Sanders fired back at Hillary. “All the shouting in the world is not going to do what I hope we all want.” Of course he was also shouting when he said that.
O’Malley offered one sob story that was long on emotion and light on policy.
Sanders said something very lucid. “The views on gun control in rural states are different than in urban states, whether we like it or not.”
O’Malley accused Sanders of pandering to the NRA.
Webb once had an A rating from the NRA.
Chafee has an F rating from the NRA. He said he would work with the gun lobby on a compromise.
Hillary was asked if she underestimated Russia. She praised her working relationship with former President Dmitry Medvedev and blamed Vladimir Putin. She praised Obama on Syria and said Putin’s behavior was unacceptable. Putin did not care, and most likely spent the evening shooting people without a care in the world.0
Sanders will keep us out of conflicts and called Iraq “the worst foreign policy blunder in the history of this country.”
Chafee said Clinton’s vote for the Iraq War disqualifies her for the presidency.
Clinton said that because Obama asked her to be secretary of state, that meant he trusted her judgment.
Clinton took credit for getting Osama bin Laden.
Sanders compared Clinton to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. He said he would use force if America or its allies are threatened. He is against unilateral action.
O’Malley gave the typical throwaway line about all options being on the table. He played the “Bush lied” card that has been debunked. He disagreed with Clinton on a Syria no-fly zone.
Clinton noted that O’Malley endorsed her in 2008. She then filibustered and Cooper let her go way beyond her time.