Democrats weigh in on presidential debate

It was standing room only inside the pub at Laurelwood during Thursday night's democratic debate as party faithfuls tuned into the remaining 10 presidential candidates.

Posted: Sep 12, 2019 9:18 PM
Updated: Sep 12, 2019 9:18 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- It was standing room only inside the pub at Laurelwood during Thursday night's debate as party faithfuls  tuned into the remaining 10 Democratic presidential candidates.

However, some took issue with the way the debate was run.

"There's not enough equal time spread across all the candidates," said Democrat Brian Kitching. "The first 15 minutes seems to be spread among three candidates: Biden, Bernie and Warren."

Local leaders said this debate was crucial in being able to properly compare candidates.

"We're going to have all the candidates up on one stage, and we really haven't had that yet this cycle," said Emily Mooney, president of Young Democrats of Oregon. "So that's really exciting for young people, but just voters in general. To see all the candidates at once to see all their policy positions and their values and their vision for this country all at once so we're better able to compare and contrast the candidates."

Mooney says she hopes now more than ever her age group will turn out for this year's election. She also says that her organization is more than confident in the pool of candidates that remain after tonight's debate.

In the 2016 presidential election, 192,000 people cast their vote in Lane County. Over 100,000 went for Hillary Clinton and 67,000 for Donald Trump.

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