The Democrats Debated (some of them), I Drew Them

It was a wild and whacky two nights

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I knew going in that drawing this would be terribly difficult , if only because of the sheer number of people on stage. Forget drawing the moderators (only did that once, you will see), or people in the audience this time. Drawing from my home watching the monitor, I did what I could with the 20 candidates and 4 hours of talk.

The first night opened when the ten walked out on stage and waved and pointed, the typical politician thing to do.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren was given center stage, and the first question, because she is perceived as a front runner. She did well, but Julian Castro was the standout of the evening. Beto seemed scared, de Blasio was harsh; they both are very very tall. I think de Blasio is taller, but a twitter follower disagreed. Haven’t looked it up yet.

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Of historic importance, there were three women on stage the first night, and also the second night. And it seemed very normal. At one point, one white male candidate talked about how important women’s rights advocacy is, and how much he’s done, how important it is for such work. Senator Klobuchar piped in that the three women on stage have done a lot of work in that area.

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Klobuchar also had a great line about foreign diplmocy, implicating Trump and his early morning tweets.

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Many of the candidates dropped the Spanish language into their responses (not so on the second night, perhaps because the first night it kind of seemed contrived because so many candidates were doing it)

Many considered Casto to a standout with his passion about immigration policy and the detained children.

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Mayor Pete Buttegieg did pretty well, but there were no memorable moments for me.

Corey Booker was in top form and managed to get his message of love across, as well as his strong feelings about his neighborhood.

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The second night of debates with ten more candidates was livelier. They obviously had studied the previous night and learned that if you interrupt and do so loudly, you get heard and get air time.

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After a wild skirmish of candidates trying to jocky for position and airtime, Senator Kamala Harris started off the evening with a great one liner.

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But clearly the highlight of the night was a tense exchange with Kamala Harris and Joe Biden. She basically wanted to engage him in racial issues. Biden’s recent discussion on the campaign trail about his past working across the aisle, and with racist elected officials was the catalyst for her approach to Biden last night. She also mentioned his position on busing decades ago; Harris was a beneficiary of busing as a young child and told him so. It was a heated exchange and many felt Harris won. She came across as tough, emotional, heartfelt and genuine. Biden seemed taken off guard and defensive.

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Senator Bernie Sanders was there, yelling a lot of the time and doing his signature gesticulating, mentioning health care at every turn.

At one point, MSNBC moderator Rachel Maddow quoted him in her question and he basically denied the quote in his answer. Maddow countered that what she said was a quote.

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Senator Kisten Gillibrand tried her best to interupt at every turn, and she finally got her signature message out: women’s rights are what her campaign is all about.

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Marianne Williamson was there, but one wonders why.

The elephant in the room was was mentioned very little, but primarily as a major threat to our country. He is on everyone’s mind.

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Here are the remainer of my drawings from both nights. Frankly cannot wait for more debates, and hope to be invited to be on-location next time so I can draw even more of the candidates and the atmosphere.

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Visual journalist/writer for New Yorker, New York Times, CBS News, CNN. TED, SXSW speaker. Looking to change world w humor. lizadonnelly.com

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