The Democratic National Committee staged its fifth debate for candidates for the 2020 presidential nomination at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta Wednesday night. Ten candidates qualified.
Among the comments on the event and its participants were:
"Though no one tried singing 'Kumbaya' during the fifth debate of the Democratic primary, by unspoken agreement or political chance a sort of détente broke out on stage as the field mostly directed their collective fire toward the current occupant of the Oval Office."
"Veteran Iowa pollster Ann Selzer told Vox that the fluidity of the top tier could reflect general election anxiety, and voters' continued fears that much of the top tier cannot beat President Donald Trump."
"We know what's in his heart. We know [Joe Biden]'s a good guy but the fact you that leave the black woman [U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris] standing on the stage, standing in the shot saying what about me, that was within the dynamic of that gaffe. It's as bad a moment as he could have had on that stage. And right up to that moment, it's his most solid debate yet."
— MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell on Biden saying he was supported by the only black woman senator
"What does [Joe] Biden really believe on the subject [of marijuana legalization]? I wish I knew. What I do know is that Biden's somewhat clumsy bob and weave left [U.S. Sen. Cory] Booker looking like a man caught overacting in a repertory theater production."
— Damon Linker, The Week
"[T]he shunning of [U.S. Rep. Tulsi] Gabbard during the fifth Democratic debate was nothing new for a candidate that has repeatedly bucked the establishment, whether it's speaking out against the Clintons, appearing on Fox News or Joe Rogan's podcast, refusing to endorse U.S. involvement in conflicts abroad and expressing respect for Trump supporters."
"[T]the effort to smear good qualified people [U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Attorneys General Jeff Sessions and William Barr] purely for politics is not a good look or something to brag about. But [Sen. Kamala Harris] used the opportunity, with an eye toward raising her profile in order to run for president.
"Not only did she fail to stop their confirmations, she got called out by the WaPo (Washington Post) with four Pinocchios and Politifact for lying during her attack against Kavanaugh.
"Is that really what she wants us to pay attention to?"
— Nick Arama, RedState, on Harris' debate performance
"The Democratic National Committee (DNC) released its disappointing October fundraising numbers in the middle of the party's fifth presidential primary debate. The RNC (Republican National Committee) raised nearly three times as much money as the DNC last month, pulling in over $25 million in October, while reporting over $60 million cash on hand. Additionally, the joint fundraising effort between the Trump campaign and the RNC has raised over $300 million in 2019 so far, and reported over $156 million cash on hand last month."
"Chalk it up to presidential debate fatigue, broader political fatigue, or post-impeachment hearing fatigue, but Wednesday night's Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC earned the lowest ratings of the seven debates this year."