There are a lot of differences between the GOP debate and the Democratic debate, but the major one is that there were significantly less spin and nonsense in Saturday night’s democratic debate on CBS.
Here are the top 8 things you’d never hear come out of a republican candidate’s mouth during a debate:
1. “Climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism. And if we do not get our act together and listen to what the scientists say … you’re going to see all kinds of international conflict.” — Bernie Sanders
Let’s be realistic, after five debates only a few times republican candidates addressed climate change. In the first three-hour debate, there was merely a single question about the future of our planet and the dangers we face. Senator Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (who isn’t even running anymore) were the only candidates who answered and all three argued nothing should be done by the American government to fix the problem.
2. “I’m not that much of a socialist compared to Eisenhower.” – Bernie Sanders
One of the most tweeted remarks of the night came from Sanders’ claim that the tax rate when Eisenhower was President was higher than what the tax rate would be under a Sanders administration. “We haven’t come up with an exact number yet,” Sanders said. “But it will not be as high as the number under Dwight D. Eisenhower which was 90 percent.”
A factcheck of that proves Sanders is correct. In Eisenhower’s first term, the tax rate for incomes over $400,000 was 92 percent. It was the second highest tax rate in history. First was under FDR during World War II when the tax rate was 94 percent.
No way a republican would raise taxes on anyone over $400,000.
3. “Let’s say it in our debate because you’ll never hear this from that immigration-bashing carnival barker Donald Trump: the truth.” – Martin O’Malley
Trump’s stance on immigration reform is remarkably similar to a carnival in that it is both a distorted fun house mirror as well as a joke like a washed-up freak show clown. He would deport all undocumented immigrations, which would cost the country far more than we could afford. He also says he would build a wall that he would make Mexico pay for, a policy that the spokesperson for Mexican President Pena Nieto said is ridiculous.
“Of course it’s false,” Eduardo Sanchez, Nieto’s spokesman, said in a telephone interview with Bloomberg. “It reflects an enormous ignorance for what Mexico represents, and also the irresponsibility of the candidate who’s saying it.”
4. “Hardworking middle-class families need a raise—not a tax increase.” – Hillary Clinton
A July 2014 study found that states that raised their minimum wage from ballot initiatives on January 1, 2014, had a much stronger employment growth than those that didn’t raise the wage. “A recent study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research attempts to undercut the argument that raising the minimum wage kills jobs. The study, which updates a Goldman Sachs analysis to include data from April and May, shows that the 13 states that increased their minimum wages on Jan. 1 have had stronger employment growth than the 37 states that didn’t. The study compared average employment during the first five months of 2014 with the last five months of 2013.”
By contrast, Jeb Bush opposed raising the wage, Marco Rubio said it would be “a disaster” in the last Fox Business News debate, Rand Paul has already voted against it and Trump refused to do it because he thinks every problem will be solved by closing the borders.
5. “Here’s my promise: Wall Street representatives will not be in my Cabinet.” – Bernie Sanders
You’d never hear a promise like this from a republican candidate, particularly Wall Street’s latest lap dog Marco Rubio who scored a major endorsement recently from Wall Street hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer. Singer is well known for having strings attached to his money.
Jeb Bush appeared before the House Budget Committee in June of 2012 when he had the gall to testify that Wall Street Reform was the “wrong approach” to the economic crisis that happened under George W. Bush’s administration.
They’re all an embarrassment.
6. “I don’t think taxpayers should be paying to send Donald Trump’s kids to college.” – Hillary Clinton.
While democrats are fighting for college affordability, republicans are standing up for big banks.
Senators Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruze all voted against the bill last year that would have allowed students to refinance their federal loans the way you would your home loan. Given how much debt Rubio has, it’s surprising he couldn’t find the humanity to do the right thing.
Under Bush’s administration in Florida, state universities had a 56.9 percent increase for in-state tuition to account for his funding cuts.
But Ben Carson is the most disgusting. He suggested students should just work harder to pay for school and “don’t borrow so much money.” How disconnected can you be from people and still be considered a serious candidate?
7. “Why do they make millions of dollars of campaign contributions? They expect to get something.” – Bernie Sanders
You would never hear this coming out of a republican candidate’s mouth. If there’s one thing they’ll never acknowledge it’s the power the Koch Brothers have over their politics. One of the most difficult problems in the GOP currently is that Donald Trump can’t be controlled by anyone in the establishment. As a huge self-funder he answers to one donor: himself. No other GOP candidate can say that. Democratic candidates are fortunate enough to be funded by small donors in Sanders’ case and 60 percent female donors in Clinton’s case.
8. “All of us support funding Planned Parenthood. All of us believe climate change is real. All of us want equal pay for equal work.” – Hillary Clinton
The stark contrast between the two parties. It needs no explanation.
We have several more debates left and miles to go before we sleep.