The Student Blog Post series invites students from my PLS 321: Electoral Process course to author their own blogs about recent election events.
The second Democratic debate occurred on November 14, 2015. This debate occurred after the tragic Paris attack and the debate allowed the candidates to speak their piece on the issue. The debate covered a lot of topics like college tuition, minimum wage, national security, and Hilary Clintons emails.
The longest discussion seemed to be about the banks on Wall Street. This seemed to be a topic of discussion mostly because Hilary Clinton works closely with Wall Street. Bernie Sanders suggestion for Wall Street was to break up the big banks and reinstate the Glass-Stegall Act. Bernie believed the banks have too much power and breaking up the banks would create a better economy. Sanders also took a shot at Hilary Clinton for having an alliance with Wall Street. Clintons response was that Wall Street contributed to her because of her being the New York state senator. As senator, she helped Wall Street after the 9/11 attacks. Clintons response seemed awkward. She also stated that her affiliation would not affect her as president due to her doing what she needs to do in order provide for the citizens.
Ultimately, the looming question of the day was who won the second Democratic Debate? Was it Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, or Martin OMalley? The polls say Bernie Sanders won the debate. I believe the topic concerning Wall Street is what pushed Sanders to the top because Hillary seemed unclear in her statements regarding Wall Street. But in order to create your own opinion, one must watch the debate.
Jasmine Moore is a fourth-year political science major at Cal Poly Pomona. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and plans to pursue her masters in the near future and then maintain a career around public service work.