- The best 26 most relevant minutes of the 7th Democratic debate on March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan.
- There are two separate videos, each 13 minutes long, embedded at the bottom of this post.
- They include many highlights that they aren't showing on the cable news stations (CNN, MSNBC and Fox News)
- Fighting the media black out of Bernie Sanders
PETITION TO ALL SUPER-DELEGATES: "I support Bernie Sanders, but I will not Support Hillary Clinton in a general election."
Today I spent about 10 hours painstakingly editing the entire 2-hour Democratic debate from last night, cutting it down to the best 26 relevant minutes — and then I split the video into two separate 13 minute segments and uploaded them to YouTube to make it easier to digest for busy people.
I thought this particular debate last night was much too important to be ignored (or missed) by anyone; and much of what was said during the debate was not re-played in the highlights shown on the cable news shows — which I vigorously complained about here — and that is one reason why I went to all the trouble to post these two video segments today.
For the sake of time and length, some of what was said during the debate was cut or fast-forwarded through (such as when Hillary Clinton veers of course and begins making a stump speech, or when she changes the subject); or when Bernie Sanders repeats himself with his usual talking points, or when either of the candidates made a long remark not related to the topic at hand — or didn't specifically answer a question being asked by the moderator or an audience member.
* Full disclosure: As it's obvious by the banner on this website, I fully support Bernie Sanders; but I tried very hard to be objective when editing these videos. The complete unedited video of the debate can probably be found somewhere on the web with a Google search. My Google account now limits my uploads to 15 minutes in length per video — and besides, 2 hours is much too long for those who depend on their news from short sound bites offered by the mainstream media.
Also, here's the full transcript at TIME (which I didn't check for accuracy) that you can use for cross-referencing.
The two videos primarily covers these topics below (in their approximate order):
- The lead pipes and poisoned drinking water in Flint, Michigan (political maneuvering by Hillary?);
- The federal government knew of this for 100 days, but didn't warn the people of Flint (should Obama's head of the EPA be fired?)
- Hillary's support of the auto bailout (and why Bernie supported the original auto bailout but not the bank's amended bailout);
- Hillary's support over the years for trade polices that offshored many of our best-paying and union jobs;
- Hillary's speeches to the banks (and the her refusal to lead, by releasing her transcripts before anyone else (even though, no one else has transcripts);
- Hillary's defense for taking money from Wall Street (and Big Oil) for campaign contributions, saying Obama also took money from Wall Street (when Bernie does not);
- Hillary's support of the Export-Import bank that doles out the vast majority of its taxpayer money to large corporations that don't pay taxes and offshores jobs;
- Bernie blaming, not just the Republicans, but the Democrats as well, for all the bad trade deals and crony government capitalism — aka corporate welfare;
- Bernie's and Hillary's differences in infrastructure investment and how it's paid for;
- Their differences on fracking for oil and the fossil fuel industry and climate change;
- Bernie's references to Hillary having the most political support from the "establishment politicians";
- Hillary's accusation that Bernie was a "one issue only candidate" — when Bernie replies, "Yes, and that issue is the middle-class");
- Bernie's criticism of Hillary's superPAC and why we need campaign finance reform to restore true democracy in America;
- Hillary's subtle admission that she can't get things done with a GOP Congress (just like Obama can't);
- Hillary said she's not worried about running against Trump (or her private email server) because, so far, she's had many more votes than Trump;
- Bernie also noting that he too beats Trump, but by wider margins than Hillary (according to most polls);
- Their closing one-minute statements.
Note: The video quality isn't that great, because it was taken from a screen capture of a crappy LIVE feed -- > but the debate was very lively and entertaining, so it's all very worthwhile to watch. To date (IMHO) it was one of the best Democratic debates so far.