Top Twitter moments from the Democratic debate

From Twitter, a nifty GIF of what users reacted to most during last night’s Democratic presidential debate:


And, the top two moments per candidate based on Twitter conversation:

After Sanders calls “damn emails” a distraction, Clinton replies with a “no” about whether she wants to respond to Chafee on the subject.
Clinton calls herself “a progressive who likes to get things done.”

“The American people are sick of hearing about your damn emails.”
Sanders says black lives matter, and that we need “education and jobs rather than jail cells.”

O’Malley delivers his opening statement.
O’Malley delivers his closing statement.

Webb argues with Anderson Cooper over time constraints.
Later, Webb again contests the amount of time he is allotted.

Chafee says he had “just arrived” in the Senate regarding Glass Steagall vote.
Chafee delivers his closing statement.


Bernie Sanders will be in California next week

After the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is California-bound.

Sanders will head to Los Angeles for a fundraising reception Wednesday evening at the Avalon Hollywood nightclub, where he’ll “discuss a wide range of issues including income and wealth inequality and the disappearing middle class, immigration reform, getting big money out of politics, criminal justice reform, and his college affordability plan.” Tickets cost $25, $50 or $100.

Sanders trails Hillary Clinton by 16 points in an average of nine recent national polls compiled by Real Clear Politics; he trailers her by six points in Iowa, but leads her by 11 points in New Hampshire.


The GOP candidates’ Secret Service code names

In case you missed it, one of the (intentionally) funniest moments at last night’s Republican presidential debate came when the candidates were asked what they would pick as their Secret Service code names if elected president.

Jeb Bush pretty clearly won this one by responding “Eveready – it’s very high energy, Donald” to counter Donald Trump’s prior criticisms that Bush has been sluggish on the campaign trail. But Trump got some points for his ever-so-slightly introspective, one-word answer: “Humble.”

Here’s what the rest of them chose, somewhere along the spectrum from woodenness to sly humor:

  • Chris Christie – “True Heart”
  • John Kasich – “Unit One”
  • Carly Fiorina – “Secretariat”
  • Scott Walker – “Harley”
  • Ben Carson – “One Nation”
  • Ted Cruz – “Cohiba”
  • Marco Rubio – “Gator”
  • Mike Huckabee – “Duck Hunter”
  • Rand Paul – “Justice Never Sleeps”
  • But here are MY picks for them:

  • Jeb Bush – “Threepeat”
  • Donald Trump – “Apprentice”
  • Chris Christie – “Traffic Jam”
  • John Kasich – “Longshot”
  • Carly Fiorina – “Pink Slip”
  • Scott Walker – “Stumbler”
  • Ben Carson – “Sleepy Doc”
  • Ted Cruz – “Cruise Ship”
  • Marco Rubio – “Gulper”
  • Mike Huckabee – “Preacher”
  • Rand Paul – “Wiretap”
  • Make your own suggestions in the comments (but as always, keep it clean).


    Fiorina leverages Trump’s insult into web video

    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is turning rival Donald Trump‘s insult into a talking point.

    According to a Rolling Stone profile published last week, Trump gestured to an image of Fiorina on television and said, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president.”

    “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” Trump said, according to the magazine.

    Trump later claimed he was insulting Fiorina’s persona, not her looks. But the feud already had taken root, with some pundits opining that the former Hewlett-Packard CEO is likely to go for Trump’s jugular at this Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.

    She’s not waiting for the debate, though. She launched a video Monday featuring footage of her at this past weekend’s National Federation of Republican Women convention in Scottsdale, Ariz. – at which she won the straw poll.


    Gavin Newsom trashes Trump’s immigration plan

    Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a candidate for governor in 2018, launched an animated web video Monday blasting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s immigration plan, as Trump prepares to visit California for Wednesday’s GOP debate. Check the hair (Donald’s, not Gavin’s):


    Jerry Brown on Donald Trump: ‘Oh, my God.’

    Asked Wednesday what he thought of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign tactics, California Gov. Jerry Brown replied with a pained, “Oh, my God.”

    Jerry Brown in Oakland 8-19-15 (photo by Anda Chu)But Brown, questioned during an Oakland news conference on transportation funding, acknowledged The Donald is bringing a lot of attention to the GOP presidential field.

    “I did watch that debate from beginning to end,” he said. “I did think that when he raised his hand and said ‘I might run as an independent,’ I think there are very few politicians who would do that.”

    Pressed for more opinion on Trump’s trademark bluster – which in recent weeks has involved insulting Mexicans immigrants, prisoners of war, his GOP rivals, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and (obliquely) most voters’ intelligence – Brown replied, “I think you need to dial it back.”

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had opined Monday that if Hillary Clinton’s email woes continue to build, other Democrats might choose to enter the race – including Brown. Brown said Wednesday he’s “flattered by what Mr. Gingrich said, but I wouldn’t look to him” for prognostications of candidacy.