Winner of Democratic presidential debate wasn’t anyone on stage

Oct 14, 2015, 10:30 AM | Updated: 12:00 pm

Democratic presidential candidates from left, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, Sen. Bernie Sanders, o...

Democratic presidential candidates from left, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee on stage during the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday. Michael Medved says none of them won.

There was a clear winner of the Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night, too bad for those participating it wasn’t anyone on stage.

Hillary Clinton may have had the best performance, but the real winner was the Republican party, Michael Medved told AM 770 KTTH’s David Boze.

“What this showed us is that there’s going to be very, very little interest in this primary campaign,” Medved said. “There is no real race.”

After the event, which was built up like a major sporting event, Joe Biden will be discouraged from getting involved, Medved explained, because it will be a coronation for Clinton. She’s not a tremendously strong candidate, but she had a decent performance, he continued.

Whoa, whoa. Hold on there a minute. A decent performance?

“I saw a lot of people saying she’s powerful … if you square off against a little league team as a high school senior, you can look like the greatest basketball player ever,” Boze exclaimed. But if Clinton debates Republicans with some experience under their belts, it’s going to be a completely different story. “I’m not sure this debate was doing her any favors.”

If he could pick just one topic that wasn’t covered well &#8212 if at all &#8212 by the candidates, it was Israel.

“If you care at all about the issues of America’s strongest ally in the Middle East, why would you consider anyone who doesn’t give a bleep,” Medved said. “These folks were so far out of the mainstream.”

But there was more than one topic the Democrats seemed to be out of touch with, Medved said. By speaking about immigration, but not addressing what needs to be done about illegal people entering the country and securing the border, they were speaking to about 5 percent of Americans, he said.

After the debate, one thing is certain for Medved.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to build Republican support,” he said.

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