The 5th Democratic Debate Was a Comedy

The 5th 2020 Democratic debate changed things up a bit — by becoming a comedy.

In the end, the choice was as unclear as ever

The Democratic primary's top 10 polling candidates appeared in Atlanta and the debate matchup featured a night of mostly civil exchanges over the party’s policy rifts and plenty of tailored pitches as the candidates continued to court a still unsettled electorate less than three months before the first primaries.

Elizabeth Warren tried to make it more interesting by criticizing an old bipartisan habit. Booker talked about the uneven enforcement of the drug war. Tom Steyer tried not to look disappointed, as did others. Pete Buttigieg waxed poetic. Kamala Harris fell back on her old material. Joe Biden got a mite bewildered. Buttigieg took the question in a religious direction and wandered into a seventeenth-century heresy. Gabbard, and Klobuchar scuffled over foreign policy. As the evening drew to a close, the moderators varied the topics often. The candidates closed out the night in the age-old fashion: by telling everyone to go to their websites. The rest struggled to say something interesting about a topic that everyone in the room thought the same thing about.

In one of the last primary debates of 2019, hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post, the contenders continued to boast a united front on one of the key dominating external forces looming over the primary -- the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump -- but the splintered field still showcased their differences over issues including health care, climate change and foreign policy over two hours of debate. The field was slightly smaller this time as voters said goodbye to O’Rourke and Julian Castro, leaving just ten contenders on the stage. Facing them were four MSNBC moderators—all of them female, in an attempt to distract from their parent network’s #MeToo issues.


11/20/2019 6:04 AMupdated: 11/21/2019 3:33 PM


  • Judy A.
    12/05/2019 18:46

    Biden, give it up.!!! None of you will be President .!!!Trump 2020!!!!

  • Angelo D.
    11/24/2019 21:34

    Come on guys let’s cut them a break they are doing the best they can. It’s not their fault, they have a disease, Trump derangement syndrome is real and they need help.

  • Matt I.
    11/23/2019 13:34

    Mally Sapre

  • Tiyrik B.
    11/23/2019 06:20

    Poor Joe😂

  • Steven M.
    11/23/2019 03:57

    Yeah, real great idea. Just another substance for people to be widely using commercially which will GREATLY up the chances of people driving impaired. This is a TERRIBLE idea.

  • William H.
    11/23/2019 00:32

    Harris is Jamaican/Indian. So Joe was right.

  • Steve T.
    11/23/2019 00:01

    Seriously though, these are the best people they could find?

  • Marty A.
    11/22/2019 23:18

    I've been waffling on several candidates, but this last debate really solidified for me those who I WON'T be voting for in the primary. Still plan to vote blue, even if I have to hold my nose.

  • Adrián M.
    11/22/2019 23:16

    They look worse than Trump💀

  • Alvin J.
    11/22/2019 20:29

    Are you kidding me?

  • Roy B.
    11/22/2019 19:25

    Uncle joe just stop lol

  • Josh R.
    11/22/2019 17:13

    Libs can’t wait

  • Robert B.
    11/22/2019 16:38

    Sub Comedy Demorats giving SNL a shot

  • Alex G.
    11/22/2019 16:18

    Trump 2020

  • Warren C.
    11/22/2019 14:19

    Bernie is senile and should be in a nursing home. Warren tried to convince everyone she’s an Indian, and just get on YouTube and search Joe Biden touching little girls. These are the front runners of the Democratic Party? Holy crap.

  • Christopher F.
    11/22/2019 14:18

    All garbage.

  • Mark P.
    11/22/2019 14:04

    Just like the impeachment proceedings, I mean circus

  • Tim D.
    11/22/2019 13:35

    But she's not black

  • Daniel E.
    11/22/2019 13:16

    Bunch of clowns

  • Douglas M.
    11/22/2019 12:26

    They should go on tour, I can't believe they are running and are in office.

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