KIRO Radio hosts react to ‘exhausting’ penultimate Democratic debate
Democrats unleashed a roaring assault against Bernie Sanders and seized on Mike Bloomberg’s past with women in the workplace during a contentious debate Tuesday night that tested the strength of the two men at the center of the party’s presidential nomination fight.
As the undeniable Democratic front-runner, Sanders faced the brunt of the attacks for much of the night, and for one of the few times, fellow progressive Elizabeth Warren was among the critics.
“I see Liz [Warren] going after heads again,” said Gee and Ursula Show co-host Gee Scott.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg faced suspicions of packing the debate crowd with his own supporters, after cheers echoed through the hall in intensity we hadn’t yet seen for the former New York Mayor.
While Bloomberg’s campaign denied any such allegations, he did pay for an ad spot during commercial breaks for the televised debate on CBS.
“CBS allowing a Mike Bloomberg commercial DURING the Dem debate is about as unethical as you can get,” said KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson.
Throughout the heated affair, candidates were talking over each other and struggling to get their voices heard, all while the clock continues to tick on many of their campaigns.
“These debates are exhausting, just trying to separate the simultaneous sound tracks,” said Seattle’s Morning News host Dave Ross.
All this went down as debate moderator and CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell struggled to maintain order.
“Never, in debate history, has there been so clear a loser… sorry Norah O’Donnell,” said Dori.
The 10th debate of the 2020 primary season, sponsored by CBS and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, was just four days before South Carolina’s first-in-the-South primary and one week before more than a dozen states vote on Super Tuesday.
The Democratic White House hopefuls will not stand side-by-side on the debate stage again until the middle of March. That made Tuesday’s debate likely the last chance for some candidates to save themselves and alter the trajectory of the nomination fight ahead of Super Tuesday on March 3.
The Associated Press contributed to this report