Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 9 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 3/11/16

Miami Democratic Debate Proves Both Campaigns Don't Think It's Over

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   1 comment
Message Scott Galindez

Reprinted from Reader Supported News

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton-- Caricatures
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton-- Caricatures
(Image by DonkeyHotey)
  Details   DMCA

When Hillary Clinton launched another misleading attack on Bernie Sanders, she was signaling that her campaign does not think they have the nomination wrapped up. If the Clinton campaign thought they had the nomination in hand they would not do anything to jeopardize winning over Sanders supporters.

It was by far the most spirited debate of the cycle. It was Bernie Sanders' best debate, and could add to the momentum generated by his win in Michigan. Some point to his positions on Cuba as a reason Sanders lost the debate. They are wrong, and fail to see the generational divide in the Cuban community. When President Obama eased the sanctions with Cuba and restored diplomatic relations, Cubans under 65 supported the move.

Florida International University has polled Miami-area Cuban Americans since 1991. In its most recent survey, a slight majority of them supported lifting the embargo and a large majority, 68%, favored reopening diplomatic relations.

Older Cuban Americans, many of whom left Cuba in the years immediately after Fidel Castro's revolution, still supported the embargo, the poll found; those younger than 65 did not. And let's remember, the hard line anti-Castro Cubans will be choosing between Marco, Ted, and The Donald next Tuesday.

So once again the corporate media, with their lazy analysis, is peddling the outdated narrative that Cuban Americans are anti-Castro and would not support a candidate who wants to normalize relations and lift the embargo. Times have changed, and Bernie Sanders got it right.

On the environment, Sanders called on Clinton to join him in supporting a carbon tax and ending fracking. I have not heard any response from Clinton to his challenge.

Sanders renewed his call for Clinton to release the transcripts to her speeches to Goldman Sachs, saying they must have been great speeches to warrant the hundreds of thousands of dollars she received. Clinton's response has always been that she will release the transcripts when all of the other presidential candidates release theirs. Bernie threw his arms in the air and said, "Here are the transcripts to my speeches to Wall Street -- there are none."

Click Here to Read Whole Article

On immigration, they both scored points, and then both agreed to not deport children or illegal immigrants with no criminal record. I thought Bernie was more direct and believable when making the pledge. Hillary's claim about Bernie voting for indefinite detention and support for the minutemen was similar to her auto bailout claim. On the minutemen, it was an amendment to a bigger bill that was deemed meaningless. It was designed to kill the bill, but was just ignored by Democrats because it was nothing more than a resolution and had no authority.

Hillary Clinton's best moments were when she was defending herself from questions by the moderators on Benghazi and her emails. I didn't see her lay out a vision for where she will take the country.

Overall, Bernie showed the country why he is doing so well in blue states. He forcefully laid out a true progressive agenda and forced Hillary to try to tell Democrats why the policies they believe in are not achievable. The crowd rose to its feet at the end, when Senator Sanders laid out his agenda and said, "That is why I am running for President!"

There is only one candidate that will motivate the blue team to turn out in November.

Well Said 1   Supported 1   Inspiring 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Scott Galindez Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Scott Galindez is a graduate of Syracuse University, a US Army veteran, and currently the Political Director of Scott's activism began at an anti-nuclear vigil in Lafayette "Peace Park" across from the White House. Scott (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Symone Sanders: "We Must Commit Ourselves to a Multiracial Political Revolution"

Bernie Sanders: I Have Not Suspended My Campaign

Will Elizabeth Warren Change Her Mind?

Bernie Sanders Will Hold Rally in Philadelphia

Bernie Sanders: "Elections Come and Go, Revolutions Never End"

Bernie Sanders: "Sandra Bland Arrest Outrageous"

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend