Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) went into Wednesday night’s debate with a huge advantage. She was the only candidate on the stage of 10 who was polling in the top five of the 25 candidates currently trying to get the 2020 presidential nomination from the Democrat Party.
Many of the party’s top contenders like Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will be debating on Thursday night.
Warren seemed to get the most questions right off the bat and throughout the debate and she also seemed to get the least amount of pushback from the moderators on her allotted time and her answers. These were things people were quick to notice.
“Is there a reason that Liz Warren is getting the majority of the questions?” one Twitter user asked.
Another tweeted, “Warren is getting the most questions. Which means she’s getting the most comfortable, and the most specific. It’s a real advantage on a stage this big.”
Other reactions accused Warren of being treated like a “frontrunner” already and getting far more questions than the other candidates.
Check out some reactions below:
Warren gets her third question before any other candidate gets their second. She clearly should donate that question back to the downtrodden Democrats on stage with her. #DemDebate
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) June 27, 2019
Question number 4 for Warren, I wonder who they’re trying to promote here
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) June 27, 2019
Warren already on her third question…other candidates one. She’s being treated as the front-runner on this stage.
— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) June 27, 2019
Pretty sure, MSNBC has picked Liz Warren. She just got another question.
— BiasedGirl (@BiasedGirl) June 27, 2019
I figured they were going to hit the gas pedal hard for Warren but I didn’t think they would go full Leeroy Jenkins right off the bat like this.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) June 27, 2019
Elizabeth Warren is getting three questions for every one that the others get. NBC has chosen their favorite and they aren’t hiding it. #DemocraticDebate
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 27, 2019
One of the sharpest critique’s of MSNBC’s treatment of Warren compared to the other candidates came from the Tulsi Gabbard campaign. The congresswoman’s sister took to Twitter and accused the network of wanting Warren to be president.
“It’s clear who MSNBC wants to be president: Elizabeth Warren. They’re giving her more time than all the other candidates combined. They aren’t giving any time to Tulsi at all. -V (Tulsi’s sister),” she tweeted from the congresswoman’s official account.
It's clear who MSNBC wants to be president: Elizabeth Warren. They're giving her more time than all the other candidates combined. They aren't giving any time to Tulsi at all. -V (Tulsi's sister)
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) June 27, 2019
The 10 candidates, besides Warren, at Wednesday’s debate were Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Julián Castro, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan (D-OH), John Delaney and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).
O’Rourke and Booker tried desperately to pander during the debate as both partly answered questions in Spanish. O’Rourke’s moment went a little worse than Booker’s …
The Democratic National Committee and NBC News split the first Democratic presidential debates into two nights, each one containing 10 candidates.
Thursday night’s debate will invite Joe Biden, Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John Hickenlooper, Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang to the stage.
With Sanders, Biden and Harris all largely considered to be fiery top contenders for the Democrat Party nomination, tomorrow’s debate will likely draw many more viewers and be the more definitive of the two events.
Warren would have faced far more challenges had she gone up against candidates like Sanders and Biden. She can’t play softball forever though, so eventually, she will need to go head to head with people other than complete embarrassments like De Blasio and O’Rourke.
While Democrats were busy fighting among themselves in order to decide who will take on Trump in 2020, the president’s reelection campaign was advertising on YouTube’s masthead, which is one of the more viewed and expensive digital ad spaces. It will no doubt be seen by far more than the usual viewers who tune into either of the Democratic presidential debates.
Huge. 😱 Ahead of the #DemDebate tonight, @realDonaldTrump purchased the Youtube masthead – one of the most expensive digital ad buys on the market. More people will see this ad placement than will watch tonight's debate. pic.twitter.com/VKjNfdJgV4
— ACRONYM (@anotheracronym) June 26, 2019
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