It was a big week of political events that kicked off Tuesday night with the CNN Democratic Town Hall from South Carolina, followed by the GOP caucuses in Nevada.
Bernie Sanders lost to Hillary Clinton in last weekend’s Nevada Democratic caucuses, and was hoping to turn things around during the CNN Town Hall, the last before the South Carolina primary.
“New Day” co-host Chris Cuomo moderated the event with both Sanders and Clinton making their closing arguments before South Carolina voters.
Did the Vermont senator slow down former secretary of state’s momentum? Did it make a difference? You don’t need to search Twitter for the best real-time commentary on the Internet. TheWrap had you covered.
— CCNevada & Keep Memory Alive (@CCNevadaKMA) February 19, 2016
5:04: Are you #FeelingtheFlameBern?
— Bernie'sToastedTees (@ErnieAnders2016) February 10, 2016
5:02: Sanders opened by talking about how close he is to Clinton.
“It is kind of mind blowing the progress we’ve made over the last nine months,” Sanders said. “When we began we were 3 percent in the polls and to be honest most people considered us a fringe campaign.”
5:06: Sanders is asked whether he would release his paid speeches. “Here it is,” he told Cuomo. “There ain’t none.”
Bernie's turn is going to be over by the time she finishes asking her question. #DemTownHall
— Brittany (@BrittanyHufford) February 24, 2016
that was the SLOWEST question of my life #DemTownHall
— bern (@MuhFuhkin12) February 24, 2016
could that question have been any LONGER? #DemTownHall
— Progressive Texan (@progressivetxan) February 24, 2016
LORD HAVE MERCY. Could she ask that question any slower??? #DemTownHall
— Erin M. Stevens, SHRM-CP, PHR (@ErinMStevens) February 24, 2016
5:19: Sanders on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement: “We have been dealing in the last seven years with an unprecedented level of obstructionism against President Obama.”
He went on to say, “My dad, as I mentioned, came from Poland. I’m running for president. Guess what? Nobody has asked for my birth certificate.”
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) February 24, 2016
5:24: Bernie’s had some good zingers tonight. Asked whether he thought Trump’s birther argument was motivated by racism, he said, “I’m not a psychoanalyst, and boy would a psychoanalyst have an interesting time with Donald Trump.”
Line got a big laugh.
5:29: Bernie talked price of prescription medication. “Do we have the guts to take on the power of the insurance companies. Do we have the guts to take on the pharmaceutical industry who has 1,300 paid lobbyists?”
5:35: People were liking Sanders’ performance tonight…
— Rosanna Rodriguez (@rr_rosanna) February 24, 2016
Great response on leadership!.His genuine passion 4 the people is why we must have Bernie in the WH #DemTownHall
— WMiller (@WendyVM3) February 24, 2016
Bernie is definitely on message, and it's a good one, but he has to frame it in a new way. Or go for the jugular with Hillary. #DemTownHall
— Bruce LaBruce (@BruceLaBruce) February 24, 2016
5:37: Oh oh… Bernie means business. He stood up when asked about Clinton’s attack line calling him a “single-issue candidate.” He described his own rallies as “the longest, most boring discussions in the history of politics,” adding that he talks for an hour an a half. He added that Clinton might be nervous.
#DemTownHall Cuomo's style is really quite condescending.
— Nancy Walton (@nancywalton) February 24, 2016
— Vivien Bledsoe (@chipmunkedy) February 24, 2016
Bernie: My dad smoked 2 or 3 packs a day. And he made his own bullets for his musket that he shot at Gettysburg. #DemTownHall
— Andy Civettini (@DrCiv) February 24, 2016
#DemTownHall – poor people can't afford to buy cigarettes!!!
— Francesca Henning (@SpunkyLady1964) February 24, 2016
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) February 24, 2016
5:58: Sanders is done. Clinton is up next…
— Malcolm Fleschner (@CultureShlock) February 24, 2016
6:02 Clinton is asked about her momentum, and said she’ll work hard on each and every contest.
— UniteWomenOrg® (@UniteWomenOrg) February 24, 2016
6:03: Clinton was asked about releasing transcripts of her paid speeches. Again, she said she’ll release them when everyone else does, adding that that includes all the Republican candidates.
“I have been upfront and strong on this issue for some time,” she said.
But some people aren’t buying…
— N. Myers (@CheesersDurden) February 24, 2016
— Byrd. Tim Byrd. (@TimByrd) February 24, 2016
6:11: Clinton showed some serious foreign policy chops. She talked about Syria and how to handle the situation there. This is clearly her strong suit.
Bernie never got a detailed foreign policy question. Cause he sucks at answering them #DemTownHall
— Wayne Perala (@smartplay31) February 24, 2016
But some people are having a hard time following…
What was the question again? #DemTownHall
— cgc26h (@cgc26h) February 24, 2016
6:20: Clinton was asked whether she agrees with some police officers’ call for a boycott on Beyonce for her Super Bowl performance. Putting aside any specific performance, the candidate said we have to provide more support.
“We have to figure out how we’re going to lift up the good practices, reform policing, provide more support so that force is a last resort, not a first choice,” she said. “And that means helping to train police so that… you know when they go out on the streets I’m sure they’re nervous and scared too.”
— Brenna Williams (@brennawilliams) February 24, 2016
I lost track in this pandering ramble… did she answer the question about Beyonce yet? #DemTownHall
— Big C (@CarlitoClassico) February 24, 2016
— Susan Clinkscales (@CountingWoman) February 24, 2016
6:24: Watch Clinton talk race relations…
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) February 24, 2016
6:24: Meanwhile in Nevada:
Man here says "it's a disaster." No one is checking in or checking IDs. They're handing out ballots willy nilly. Some guy voted trump twice
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) February 24, 2016
6:26: Clinton talked student loans…
— Lukas Datcher (@SuperintenWS) February 24, 2016
— Ben Turner (@BenTurner15) February 24, 2016
She's right about interest rates on Student Debt not being reflective of trends. The Fed hasn't raised rates in YEARS #DemTownHall
— A Healing Human Being (@crush_35) February 24, 2016
Law School student, NO debt from 4yr degree, voting for Bernie because she resents paying for law school. Am I supposed to cry? #DemTownHall
— Cecilia (@Cechase) February 24, 2016
6:43: Best. Poll. Ever.
Are there too many of these Town Halls? #DemTownHall
— Brian Flood (@briansflood) February 24, 2016
6:43: Clinton was shown this Stephen Colbert skit… She’s then asked whether she’d like another chance at the question. She said simply, “I’ll just say no.”
— Angelo ? (@angeloregon) February 24, 2016
6:43: Clinton on her use of email server and the “drip, drip” release of her emails by the government.
— Samy Nemir Olivares (@Samynemir) February 24, 2016
6:50: Some people really want this question asked…
6:50: Clinton used John McCain and Susan Collins as examples of Republicans she’s been able to work well with.
7:00: In conclusion…
— A Anderson (@Ward4Anderson) February 24, 2016
Clinton does better when talking about policing the world #DemTownHall
— Eddy Blaze (@eddy_blaze702) February 24, 2016
— Kanwal Abidi (@KANWALanalyst) February 24, 2016
— C. D. Matthew Murphy (@CDMatthewMurphy) February 24, 2016