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The Issues Barely Mentioned at the Debates

Reproductive rights, Big Tech, paid family leave — these are just some of the big issues rarely discussed at the Democratic presidential debates.

Women’s concerns were routinely at the center of the debate

The first 5 Democratic debates have focused mostly on healthcare, immigration, the economy and gun violence and, of course, President Trump. But which issues have been overlooked by?

Reproductive rights

The issue of abortion rights didn’t come up for another 364 minutes of debate time. On November 20, 2019 the question of reproductive rights only came up 1 hour and 37 minutes into the 2-hour debate. The Democratic candidates debated to which extent abortion rights should be protected, with many candidates calling for Roe v. Wade to be codified.

Big Tech

Candidates were questioned on how tech companies should be regulated just twice. In the first 5 debates, candidates said the word Facebook, 4 times, Amazon, 12 times, and Google, twice. The word Trump came up 336 times. Medicare? 143 times. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s call to break up Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple helped frame much of the discussion around tech regulation. While each candidate who responded to the question at the 5th debate agreed that unregulated power of these large firms poses a problem, few committed as firmly to break them up.

Voting rights

The first question (Question on voter suppression “equal access to the ballot”) on voting rights wasn't asked until the 5th debate. Sen. Cory Booker first brought up voting rights when speaking about abortion and the importance of voters having their voices heard after Brian Kemp beat Stacey Abrams in the Georgia governor's race. Paid family leave finally got a moment at the 5th debate —the first-time candidates were questioned on the topic.

Cohosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post, the debate was moderated by Rachel Maddow and Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC, NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker, and Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker. This debate showed us what American political life would look like if women’s concerns were routinely at the center of the conversation.

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11/22/2019 1:06 AM
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82 comments

  • Mark M.
    12/01/2019 00:55

    It doesn’t matter what is said in the democratic debates for two reasons 1 nobody is watching anyway and 2 nobody is watching anyway!!! Haha - none of these moron candidates even has a small chance of winning

  • Tom K.
    11/30/2019 23:59

    I don’t care

  • Timee T.
    11/30/2019 23:50

    Realistic goals would be a first

  • Galen D.
    11/30/2019 18:29

    what a big joke they are....pitiful simply pitiful...

  • William S.
    11/30/2019 16:58

    I really don't know what they are having a debate for ! Unless you like supporting RATS. THEY ARE GOING TO MAKE THEIR OWN LAWS. THEY WANT THE ILLEGALS TO VOTE. THEY WANT THE PRISONERS TO VOTE. AND AT THE SAME TIME THEY ARE THE ONES WHO IS BREAKING ALL THE RULES OF LAW.. THEY WANT TO REWRITE THE CONSTITUTION. PEOPLE WAKE UP ! IT'S TIME FOR EVERY AMERICAN TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED. I'M SURE THERE IS SOME GOOD DEMOCRATS. AND I HOPE THAT PEOPLE CAN SEE WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE DEMOCRATS. ADAM SCHIFF AND NANCY PELOSI PLUS THE PAST PRESIDENTS: CLINTON AND OBAMA = CRIMINALS AND HILARIOUS HILLARY CO- CONSPIRATOR I CALL THEM THE 3 STOOGES WBC. BO. AND HHC ALL BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP WON THE ELECTION 2016 WE WILL WELCOME HIM IN 2020 AND STILL THE PRESIDENT IN 2020

  • Joey G.
    11/30/2019 16:09

    Libtards are the worst. 🤷‍♂️

  • Joe L.
    11/30/2019 15:34

    They are a joke

  • Ricardo R.
    11/30/2019 15:32

    So Warren is not willing and let a handful of Monopolists dominate our economy and our democracy .... Under her breath she said..... " That is for ME to do if i become President "

  • Darren N.
    11/30/2019 15:08

    Notice No Flags ?

  • Gabe M.
    11/30/2019 14:17

    Abortion is not reproductive healthcare its murder.

  • Jim V.
    11/30/2019 10:34

    Each and every one of these flaming idiots and yes I said idiots need to get straight the f*** out they have no clue how to run this country each and every one of these people are out of their f****** mind nothing but a bunch of communist pieces of s*** if you don't like it you come and see me so I can smack a stupid right out of you

  • Roger M.
    11/30/2019 09:57

    they couldn't win an election for city dog catcher

  • Pam F.
    11/30/2019 01:53

    LOSERS!!!!

  • Michael S.
    11/29/2019 19:53

    Criminals

  • Lynn P.
    11/29/2019 17:04

    Trump 2020

  • Vishnu L.
    11/29/2019 16:04

    Like feeding time at the ZOO, by the monkey cage.

  • Ron G.
    11/29/2019 15:52

    Trump 2020..THEY COULD ALL RUN TOGETHER, AND STILL COULDN'T BEAT TRUMP.. ENJOY THE NEXT 5 YEARS....

  • Michael M.
    11/29/2019 14:57

    I have never seen a party harpoon itself so badly .I do know the republican party is not the perfect route, , but I think the dems are crowding insane

  • Brendan S.
    11/29/2019 04:21

    What are a man's reproductive rights AND how do those rights relate to gender equality?

  • Ryan W.
    11/29/2019 02:13

    Can't wait to still pay a 6600 deductible