The Vermont senator and the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor were often on the receiving end of attacks from the other five candidates on the debate stage at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N. Sanders had to defend his electability as a democratic socialist and the expected large price tag on his proposals, such as Medicare for All. Buttigieg had to defend his record on race as mayor and his relative lack of political experience on the national stage. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. More: A New Hampshire primary win is key for multiple Democrats. Here's what we know.
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Depending on who you listen to, you might hear one of two very different narratives about former Vice President Joe Biden. So we picked four easily quantifiable, objective barometers of electoral prowess — primary performance, favorability, endorsements and fundraising — and calculated them for the past seven nonincumbent Democratic presidential nominees: Walter Mondale in , Michael Dukakis in , Bill Clinton in , Al Gore in , John Kerry in , Barack Obama in and Hillary Clinton in Then we checked how Biden measures up. This is a useful proxy for how united Democratic voters were behind the candidate heading into the general election. We also excluded caucuses from these calculations, since caucus states often did not release popular-vote totals.
If Iowans are looking for someone to unify the nation as they evaluate Democratic candidates for president, the pickings may be slim in The presidential debates have afforded all 20 major candidates an opportunity to speak to millions of independents and moderates unimpressed with President Trump and looking for an alternate vision. But rather than pivoting to points of national agreement that can help sew red and blue states back together again, they extended the fault lines of mistrust and division across more of America. All of this makes sense from a jaded worldview that has become endemic within the regressive Left: conflict theory. Conflict theory is an integral component of both classic Marxism and contemporary intersectional politics and is taught in sociology classes across America.