- Five candidates will face off in the first Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle. They are: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb. The debate is hosted by CNN and will be moderated by journalist Anderson Cooper.
- The night's biggest contenders will be Clinton, the front-runner, and Sanders, who has steadily risen in the polls. However, O'Malley, Chafee and Webb should not be discounted.
- Republican front-runner Donald Trump has informed his Twitter followers that he will be live tweeting the debate, much like Sanders and Clinton did during the two previous Republican debates.
- CNN reported that the first debate, which began much later than the first Republican debate, caused some strife within the Democratic National Committee. DNC vice-chair Representative Tulsi Gabbard claims she was disinvited from the first debate after calling for more debates.
And that's a wrap. Thanks for joining tonight for the very first Democratic presidential debate.
Final talking time for each candidate:
- Clinton: 31:05
- Sanders: 28:05
- O'Malley: 17:56
- Webb: 15:35
- Chafee: 9:11
While Sanders and Clinton proved why there are leading the Democratic race, O'Malley has shown why he should not be discounted.
The Democratic debate is closing out with closing statements by the five candidates. O'Malley hits back at the GOP's two previous debate, saying the Democratic candidates did not offend women or minorities.
The candidates were each asked who their proudest enemies are. They responded:
- Chafee: The coal lobbyists
- O'Malley: The NRA
- Clinton: The GOP
- Sanders: Wall St, Pharma
- Webb: An enemy soldier
On marijuana legalisation, Sanders turns the issue into one of mass incarceration of non-violent drug offenders.
Clinton says Carly Fiorina's response to paid maternity leave is a typical Republican scare tactic. "They don't mind having big government interfere with a woman's right to choose," Clinton added.
Clinton says she does not know what is more of an outlier than being elected the first woman president in the US when asked why a Clinton or a Bush should not be elected.
Unlike her fellow Democratic candidates, Clinton has used the debate not to distance herself from President Obama but to align herself to his positions and "go further".
All the candidates appear to be in agreement that Edward Snowden broke the law in revealing the extent of the NSA. Sanders, however, added, "What he did in educating us should be taken into consideration."
O'Malley says he will go further by advocating comprehensive immigration reform and providing Obamacare to undocumented immigrants.
Clinton makes sure to note that the Democratic candidates are much more open to undocumented immigrants and passing comprehensive immigration reform than their Republican counterparts.
The candidates first discuss Sanders's college affordability plan before moving on to immigration.
Chafee fumbles when asked about his vote on Glass-Steagall. Blames his vote on his father's passing and his first time in Congress.
Sanders takes the mic next on the economy. Much like his campaign rallies, he says that Republicans have "amnesia" on what the US economy was like before President Barack Obama assumed office.
Do black lives matter or do all lives matter?
- Sanders: Black lives matter
- O'Malley: Black lives matter
- Webb: All lives matter
Clinton says that there needs to be reform in the justice system and policing. She says this "might be the only bipartisan issue" in Congress.
O'Malley takes a dig at the DNC, saying that the candidates are happy to finally be discussing the issues other than Clinton's email scandal.
Next up: Clinton's email scandal.
According to PBS News Hour, this is the talking time for each candidate before the first commercial break:
- Sanders: 12:29
- Clinton: 11:37
- O'Malley: 8:29
- Webb: 7:59
- Chafee: 4:45
Trump is not the only Republican candidate tuning in to the Democratic debate.
Biggest national threat, according to the candidates:
Chafee: Situation in the Middle East
O'Malley: A nuclear in Iran
Clinton: Nuclear weapons.
Sanders: Climate change.
Webb: China and cyber warfare.
The candidates are asked if Sanders can be a credible Commander in Chief after applying as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. Sanders says he objected the war, but not the soldiers who fought during the war. Adds that he is not a pacifist.
Clinton defends the response from the US in Libya, specifically in Benghazi. The former secretary of state has been the focus of an ongoing scandal regarding her response to the 11 September attack in Benghazi.