The first Democratic presidential candidate debate heated up on Tuesday with the five participants not missing an opportunity to take pot-shots at each other. The current front-runner, Hillary Clinton, took much of the flack with pops over her vote to enter the Iraq war, the suggestion of a no-fly zone over Syria, and her change in position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Australia and several other nations, as her weak points.
Clinton Emails Did Not Form the Substance of the Debate
The hot-button issue of her emails sent out using her personal email account whilst secretary of state was largely left alone with Senator Bernie Sanders even going so far as to comment that Americas have had enough of hearing about them. This brought a wry smile from Clinton and a cheer from the Democratic supporters in the crowd.
Some serious facts were covered during the debate as well with former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, and Senator Bernie Sanders all getting their chance to shine under the hot lights on stage.
Minority Youth Unemployment
Sanders brought up the matter of the middle-class, wanting to move funding from criminal justice into jobs and education for minorities. He quoted African-American unemployed youth running at 51 percent and Hispanic unemployed youth at 36 percent.
Whilst the age range for the above claim was not specified, information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that for individuals 16-19, 31.5 percent were unemployed in the African-American community and 18.6 percent in the Hispanic community. This compares to a 16.3 percent unemployment rate for ages 16-19 across all ethnicities and races.
Who’s Responsible For Sensible Firearms Usage?
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act which required a five-day waiting period for firearm purchases was voted down by Senator Sanders. Clinton put the Senator in a tough spot over his comments that perhaps the firearm manufacturers should be responsible for recent school massacres rather than lay the blame at the feet of those who actually pulled the trigger.
Senator Sanders actually voted down the bill five times.
Overflowing Jails in the USA
Senator Sanders claimed that the United States has more people incarcerated than any other country on Earth. He suggested instead of building more jails, they should fund further jobs and education for children.
The United States has 2.2 million people in prison presently. According to research from England, China has 1.65 million incarcerated citizens not including those presently in detention centers.
Overall, the majority of statements made by the candidates during the Democratic debate were largely accurate. It is difficult to know for sure because they are not afforded the time in their responses to cite their data sources for the information given.