#DemDebate turned Sanders v. Clinton



Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, looks on as Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, speaks during the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Democratic candidates faced off Tuesday night for the first democratic debate of the season. We’ve heard from the Republican candidates and now the democrats have had their chance to address the nation.

Observant viewers would have noticed that democratic candidate Bernie Sanders was the only presidential hopeful singing along to The National Anthem. He showed the most spirit in the debate and honestly he is one of only two real contenders. If that isn’t worth a vote, what is?

While there were other candidates on the stage, our choice is really between former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton and Sanders. Clinton may have been the best choice at one point, but her views are becoming tired.

Viewers didn’t hear anything new from Clinton Tuesday night. Clinton is saying the same things, and we can’t get a grasp on what she is hoping to accomplish with a presidency. Throughout the debate, Clinton even seemed to cling to her competitor’s ideals, tweaking them slightly and then regurgitating them as her own.

Sanders made sure Americans know his position on the Clinton email scandal. “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails!” Sanders said. Sanders conveyed to people that there are more important issues that need to be dealt with.

Sanders, on the other hand, isn’t afraid to own up to his political stance. Sanders isn’t going to deny being a democratic socialist, he attempts to educate on his stance not hide it. Although critics would state Sanders’ socialist identity will be nothing but detrimental to his campaign, he doesn’t seem to be phased by the idea at all.

If there is one issue where democrats are going to be torn on Sanders is gun control, an area where he is not extremely liberal, but it could be said he makes up for it with his views on military and foreign involvement. Sanders doesn’t want to send us to war, a selling point for many democrats.

Sanders admitted he was in objection to the policies that led us to the Vietnam War, and that’s what we need in the oval office. Someone who has stood up to the government knows that it needs to be criticized. Sanders holds his own and doesn’t seem like he would bully other countries. A conscientious objector thinks before he acts, something the U.S. seems to be missing; a thinker.

While Sanders and Clinton both put up a good debate, Sanders resonates with college students. Sanders’ proposals, if carried through, will undeniably benefit millennials and the middle and lower classes.

There were issues ignored in the debate, namely reproductive health which only got a brief shout-out from Clinton. However, Clinton and Sanders both made it clear where they stand on the legalization of marijuana and they did not agree on that issue—a telling moment for voters.

None of the other candidates stood out between Sanders and Clinton. Let’s be real, who wants to elect “a block of granite”?