Tuesday night was the first Democratic Presidential debate.
The debate saw five candidates discuss issues ranging from the Black Lives Matter Movement, to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to gun-control.
Present at the debate was Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former U.S. Senator from Viriginia, Jim Webb, and former Rhode Island Governor, Lincoln Chafee.
Not present was Vice President Joe Biden, who many have speculated will announce a run (or not) any day now.
Analysts have awarded Hillary Clinton with the win for this debate, mostly because she was able to make up a lot of ground she has lost over the past few months to the email scandal that has been headlining the news.
She did not necessarily resolve the issue, but she was able to showcase herself in a different light, which is important for a candidate under fire.
“Clinton desperately needed a strong showing in the Las Vegas debate. She’s had a tough six-month stretch,” said Anthony Gaughan, Associate Professor of Law at Drake University. “Her problems began with a self-inflicted scandal over the private email server she foolishly used as Secretary of State. It took months of denials and evasions before Clinton finally admitted that setting up the server was a mistake.”
The email scandal in-question has led to investigations by the FBI and to suggestions that she left classified information vulnerable to cyberattack. The inquiries into her email and the subsequent press lead to a 16 point drop in the polls for Clinton against her main rival Senator Berine Sanders (I-VT).
“On Tuesday night Clinton bounced back with vigor,” Gaughan continued. “She gave clear and concise answers and exuded strength and intelligence throughout the evening.”
Clinton’s rival at the debate was definitely Bernie Sanders, with whom she traded barbs with throughout the night.
It should be noted however, that the Democratic debate saw much more civility than either of the previous GOP showings.
Sanders even came to the defense of Hillary when Anderson Cooper, the debate moderator pushed her on the email scandal.
“Enough with the emails,” he blurted out to deafening applause.
Senator Sanders also got his message out effectively, and showed why his grassroots campaign has become such a threat to a right-wing, mainstream candidate like Hillary.
“He clearly articulated his frustration with Wall Street, income inequality and the power of moneyed special interests. This message attracts voters who perceive that they work harder and harder for less and less,” said Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University. “Sanders has clearly tapped into a nerve.”