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Seven pro-abortion Democrats to debate tonight in South Carolina

by | Feb 25, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

Even if you don’t follow presidential politics, tonight’s debate  in Charleston, South Carolina featuring seven pro-abortion Democrats qualifies as must-watch television. Those seven are Democratic-Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders; former Vice President Joe Biden; billionaires Tom Steyer and Mike Bloomberg (former New York Mayor);  Sen. Elizabeth Warren; Sen. Amy Klobuchar ; and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

All are competing to take on pro-life President Donald Trump on November 3.

There is massive intrigue going into Tuesday’s debate, aired by CBS beginning at 8:00pm EST,  which is why the candidates may take any of a multiple of possible approaches.

For example, a Washington Post headline captures the party’s dilemma perfectly: “Democrats fear backlash from criticizing Sanders — and defeat if they don’t.” Whether it is true or vastly overstated, “The six other candidates onstage have about a week left to blunt Sanders’s momentum, according to multiple analyses by rival candidates,” the Post’s Michael Scherer and Annie Linskey write. ”They say Sanders is on track to emerge from the Super Tuesday primaries on March 3 with an insurmountable lead in the delegate hunt.”

What to do? At the last debate in Nevada, Sen. Warren eviscerated Mr. Bloomberg. Doubtless she will continue to portray Bloomberg in a highly negative manner, given that Bloomberg has a virtually unlimited personal fortune to keep campaigning all the way up the Democratic National Convention and because she obviously actively dislikes him.  However, my bet is Sen. Warren aims plenty of her criticism at Mr. Bloomberg as well.

Meanwhile, further complicating the political calculus  South Carolina’s largest newspaper, The State, has editorially endorsed Buttigieg,  Steyer has spent tons of money (and “has lately come in third in Palmetto State polls)), and (according to The State) “A new poll released by Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling gave former Vice President Joe Biden a more comfortable lead in South Carolina ahead of this week’s First in the South primary.”

Alas this is the same Biden who in addressing the South Carolina Democratic Party’s “First in the South” Dinner on Monday, said “Where I come from, you don’t go very far unless you ask,” adding, “My name’s Joe Biden. I’m a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate. Look me over. If you like what you see, help out.”

Take everything with a grain of salt. Based on preliminary data, politicians and political reporters love to act as if something is cast in stone. This year, absolutely nothing could be further from the truth.

If you can, be sure to watch tonight. It will be very much worth tuning into tonight.

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