For First Time Ever, Two Women (Warren, Klobuchar) Had The Most Speaking Time In A Debate
Two women, vying to become the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate to challenge President Donald Trump in this year’s election, had the most speaking time among six candidates in total on the debate stage in Las Vegas, Nevada, earlier this week.
The feat was the first time two female candidates took the number-one and number-two spots in terms of time spoken at a national debate, Teen Vogue reported.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke for 16 minutes and 35 seconds during Wednesday’s debate. And Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke for 16 minutes and 3 seconds.
The third-place speaker, Sen. Bernie Sanders, spokes for 15 minutes and 15 seconds, while the fourth-place speaker, Pete Buttigieg, spoke for 14 minutes and 49 seconds.
Coincidentally, Warren and Klobuchar, though not the current frontrunners in the race, were both endorsed by the New York Times for president (the paper suggested each candidate was a proper choice, depending on whether you belonged to the progressive or centrist branches of the Democratic Party).
In addition to being one of the top-ranked speakers in terms of time, Warren’s comments were also the most talked-about during and after the debate. Her comparisons of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Trump was shared multiple times on social media, and earned her the distinction of being the most-tweeted-about candidate on the stage that evening.
Watch how Elizabeth Warren opened tonight's Democratic debate — with an attack on Michael Bloomberg.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 20, 2020
“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against,” Warren said early on in the debate. “A billionaire who calls women ‘fat broads’ and ‘horse-faced lesbians.’ And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.”
Klobuchar also had a moment of her own that was discussed the next day. When Buttigieg challenged her on the fact that she had forgotten the name of Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, citing that moment as demonstrative of her inability to lead, Klobuchar retorted, “Are you trying to say I’m dumb? — are you mocking me, Pete?”
She then went on to denounce his criticisms, saying she’s done more in the Senate than he alluded to:
“I said I made an error. People sometimes forget names…He’s basically saying that I don’t have the experience to be president of the United States. I have passed over 100 bills as the lead Democrat since being in the U.S. Senate.”
“I am the one, not you, that has won statewide in congressional district after congressional district,” she added.