Round two on the debate stage. Round two for the debate watchers. The Fresno County Democratic Party got together once again to watch the second batch of ten candidates– and learn more about them in the hunt for a front runner. “I think there were a few of them that most of us hadn’t really seen before last night so we think putting a name to a face and also starting to learn where they stand on certain issues,” says Michael Evans, Fresno County Democratic Party Chair.
It was a friendly crowd of spectators. More than one felt tonight’s show was far more entertaining and engaging than last night. “With last night, I felt like everyone was saying kind of the same thing, whereas tonight we are getting more nuanced answers, were getting more disciplined answers, I wish we could hear more form Andrew Yang,” says Princess Rios.
Candidates focused on the crisis at the border, and the treatment of children who cross the with their parents. Ron Martin felt they spent too much time on healthcare and wanted to hear more about climate change. “I’m hoping they will get to it before the debate is over,” says Martin. According to Michael Evans, “The border crisis, the trump-created border crisis, we need to get a handle on that right away, we heard some people talking about it last night but we need action, we need it now.”
November of 2020 still about a year and a half away, with a lot slated to happen between now and then. “This debate will help start the weeding out process but it’s going to take a lot more than two nights of debate,” says Evans.