I wasn’t able to watch it….
Here’s the review from Politico…
Buttigieg takes a beating, Biden concedes N.H., and Klobuchar goes big: Key debate moments
The Democratic candidates came out hot on Friday night in New Hampshire, going after each other on issues of race, experience, health care and campaign fundraising, among other things. The target for much of the night was Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., who posted a surprise finish in Iowa, and has taken heat for much of the week.
Amy Klobuchar was one of main aggressors throughout the night, while the billionaire Tom Steyer also sought to score points on issues like race and climate change, as he polls well in South Carolina. Joe Biden, still reeling from a disappointing finish in Iowa, struggled to find his footing at times, and even went so far as to acknowledge he doesn’t expect a strong finish in New Hampshire.
Here are some of the key moments from the debate:
Biden essentially concedes a poor showing in New Hampshire
Biden’s backers were hopeful that a scrappy new candidate would take the stage and take it to Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders.
Instead, Biden, who finished a disappointing fourth in Iowa, all but conceded a poor showing in the coming primary.
“It’s a long race. I took a hit in Iowa and I’ll probably take one here,” Biden said. “Bernie won by 20 points last time. Usually it’s the neighboring senators that do well.”
Biden, eliding the fact that he once said he would win in New Hampshire and Iowa, changed his tune and said that “I’ve always viewed the first four encounters, the two caucuses and the two primaries as a starting point.”
Warren scores on Buttigieg over record on race
One of Buttigieg’s biggest weaknesses is among black voters, specifically when it comes to his record as mayor of South Bend, Ind. And it’s a record that he didn’t want to talk about when it came to an increase of marijuana arrests among African-Americans when he led the city.
“The reality is, on my watch, drug arrests in South Bend were lower than the national average, and specifically lower than in Indiana,” Buttigieg said, avoiding the question about the increase of arrests over marijuana during his term. He then spoke about opiate arrests and the crack epidemic of the 1990s.
ABC debate moderator Linsey Davis then steered the issue back to the question, noting that arrests of black people for marijuana possession went up. Buttigieg said the arrests only increased in drug cases connected to serious crimes like “gun violence and gang violence, which was slaughtering so many in our community — burying teenagers, disproportionately black teenagers.”
Davis then asked Warren if Buttigieg answered the question.
“No,” Warren said. Applause rippled through the crowd.
“You have to own up to the facts and it’s important to own up to the facts about how race has totally permeated our justice system,” Warren said, pointing out that “study after study now shows African-Americans are more likely than whites to be detained, arrested, to be taken to trial, to be taken to trial to be convicted and receive harsher sentences.”
Buttigieg spars with Biden, Klobuchar over experience
Buttigieg looked to parry criticism that he lacks the experience necessary to be president, conceding that “if you’re looking for the person with the most years of Washington establishment experience under their belt, you’ve got your candidate, and of course it’s not me.”
“We need a perspective right now,” he added, citing his credentials as an openly gay man, a former South Bend, Ind., mayor and a veteran, “that will finally allow us to leave the politics of the past in the past, turn the page and bring change to Washington before it’s too late.”
“The politics of the past were not all that bad,” Biden shot back, going on to cycle through his accomplishments, such as the Violence Against Women Act, the $900 billion Recovery Act and his own early support for gay marriage as an elected official.
“So I don’t know what about the past of Barack Obama and Joe Biden was so bad,” Biden added.
Buttigieg conceded that “those achievements were phenomenally important because they met the moment, but now we have to meet this moment, and this moment is different.”
There are two other debates this month…
One in Nevada….
The other in South Carolina…
Super Tuesday is less than a month away….
From the Politico narrative it seems that the two guys likely to be around in the end didn’t do much?