Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stood up to, and supported Hillary Clinton in the first Democratic debate. Polls show he won.
It was a two-hour debate marathon. Five candidates were on the stage. Hillary Clinton front and center, flanked by Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley on either side.
Sanders’ strongest moment on stage was perhaps when he spoke out about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, making clear that it was not an issue Democratic candidates wanted to focus on.
Senator Sanders jumped in when the issue was raised, saying that “the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”
On wealth and income inequality, as well as Wall Street reform, Sanders came out on top, especially when Secretary Clinton was pushed on the Glass-Steagall issue by Martin O’Malley.
When looking at which candidate drew the most interest online, it’s clear that Bernie Sanders was the most-searched candidate during the debate. People wanted to know more about him, and was consistently being searched online more than Hillary Clinton.
Interest for Senator Sanders spiked when he mentioned taking on Wall Street.
It is clear, judging by polls taken after the debate that the majority of people see Sanders as the winner. CNN’s own poll, which was broadcast live following the debate, showed that 75 per cent of respondents saw Sanders as the winner, compared to 18 per cent for Secretary Clinton.
To top it all off, Sanders received more interest online during the entire debate than Donald Trump. I think we can all agree that’s a very positive win, considering Trump wanted more attention than any Democrat during the debate.