One Democratic Debate in and the Whining Has Begun
If you watch the Democratic debates expecting the candidates to lay out their entire platforms for you, you’re in for some disappointment. The most you can expect to take away are the bullet points and, as the first debate showed, a
A January 2019 Pew Research poll listed 18 topics in order of importance to voters:
Climate Change activists are unhappy about the lack of time devoted to their concerns. As Media Matters reported:
The moderators asked a total of 170 questions over the course of the two nights, but just 10 were focused on climate change, or less than 6% — five questions each night. (…) Still, only half of the participating candidates, 10 of 20, were even given the opportunity to weigh in on climate, and no one got to go into any depth, address follow-up questions, or debate fellow candidates on the specifics of proposals.
Let’s do a little math, shall we? Twenty candidates participated in 4 hours of debate; that means each candidate had at the most, 12 minutes to make their various points. (As usual, some got more time at the expense of others)
If each candidate discussed all 18 topics of concern to voters, they would have a whopping .6 of a minute to cover each. To be fair, if 10 questions were asked on every topic, you would have needed a 5-hour debate at minimum.
Climate Change, like all other issues, is not something you can address with bullet points. Sorry, but you actually have to invest some time and do some research to find the candidates’ positions on the issues.