The first Democratic debate for the 2016 presidential campaign started today at 8:30 EST, with CNN’s Anderson Cooper as the moderator. CNN streamed it live for those without cable, although undoubtedly tomorrow morning will also bring hundreds of clips from the debate to the internet.
Players included former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former Governors Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee, and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb.There is speculation that current VP Joe Biden could join the race and participate in upcoming debates. The debate has been critiqued for being literally un-democratic, seeing as Sanders is running as an independent, and both Webb and Chafee began their political careers as Republicans.
Within the first few minutes of the debate the topics of economic inequality, flip-flopping allegiances, and gun control had made it to the table.
Here are some of the top tweets of the night:
Q for the candidates: Donald Trump is hosting SNL next month. Any sketch ideas?#DemDebate
— Colin Jost (@ColinJost) October 14, 2015
Already smug over the appropriately problematic placement of the Suffragette trailer. #DemDebate
— Mariella Mosthof (@mariellamosthof) October 14, 2015
Hey CNN, is this a debate or an action film?! It's like watching politicians cos-play The Hunger Games. #DemDebate
— Professor Snarky (@ProfSnarky) October 14, 2015
Parental Warning to Republicans watching debate: These people believe in evolution, science, and a woman's right to her own body. #DemDebate
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 14, 2015
"I've had no scandals." What a time to be alive when that's a selling point for a presidential campaign. #DemDebate
— Lauren Chief Elk (@ChiefElk) October 14, 2015
— Austin Perry (@austinp3rry) October 14, 2015
Get rid of all of these commercials. #DemDebate
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2015
If you're not watching the #DemDebate, please, PLEASE go watch it. Your opinion is what changes this country for the better. Vote.
— sean castro (@seandcastro) October 14, 2015
Would have been amazing if Joe Biden had crashed through the wall like Kool Aid Man just now, but alas.
— Holly Bailey (@hollybdc) October 14, 2015
Can't wait to hear from all the candidates of color!!
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) October 14, 2015
Martin O'Malley: "The future of what we make of it. We are all in this together."#DemDebate
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) October 14, 2015
— The Root (@TheRoot) October 14, 2015
Hillary Clinton now defending the "reset" with Russia. But stresses "we have to stand up to his [Putin's] bullying."
— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) October 14, 2015
I waited for 10 minutes in line at Starbucks today. I know how Webb feels. It's infuriating. #DemDebate
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) October 14, 2015
— Sam H. Elmansoury (@SamiElmansoury) October 14, 2015
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 14, 2015
BERNIE: guns sometimes
HILLARY: no guns
O'MALLEY: have u guys been to maryland
CHAFEE: i love being on tv—this is so fun
— Bob Vulfov (@bobvulfov) October 14, 2015
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) October 14, 2015
— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) October 14, 2015
So happy to see young people on my timeline watching the debates and providing new perspectives. We are the future. #DemDebate
— Alexis Isabel (@lexi4prez) October 14, 2015
— Christina Coleman (@ChrissyCole) October 14, 2015
— Alida Garcia (@leedsgarcia) October 14, 2015
Best excuse for a controversial vote ever: “I’d just gotten to the Senate, my dad had just died, I didn’t know what I was doing."
— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) October 14, 2015
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) October 14, 2015
"The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails." Bernie with line of the night.
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) October 14, 2015
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) October 14, 2015
If Don Lemon can only ask about black people and Juan Carlos Lopez can only ask about Hispanics, Wolf Blitzer only gets to ask about wolves.
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) October 14, 2015
— ColorOfChange.org (@ColorOfChange) October 14, 2015
Is @Snowden a hero or a traitor?
Chafee: Bring him home, no charges.
Clinton: He stole v imp information.
O'Malley: He broke the law.
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) October 14, 2015
— Arya Shark, doo doo, doo doo doo doo (@TrulyTafakari) October 14, 2015
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) October 14, 2015
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 14, 2015
— Donna Moss (@donnatella_moss) October 14, 2015
No matter your political affiliation, you need to make your voice heard. Vote, tweet @ your legislators, and join the mvmt #DemDebate
— Hannah. (@hannahmered) October 14, 2015
Did you tune in to the #DemDebate? Let us know your thoughts on the Twittersphere.