Sanders and Bloomberg come under attack in chaotic Democratic debate – live

Chaos is still one of the main themes of tonight’s Democratic debate, although the bickering has died down slightly since it first erupted earlier tonight.

But candidates are still going over time on their answers, being abruptly cut off, and speaking over one another.

Osita Nwanevu

Cut the mics! Jeopardy style buzzers and a queue! If the debates are out of hand after all these years, it’s because the networks like it that way.

February 26, 2020

Elizabeth Spiers

Would be nice if the debates were run like debates and not cable news segments.

February 26, 2020

Elliot Williams

Oh, so THIS is what Thanksgiving dinners at white people’s houses are like

February 26, 2020

Moderators ask first question about coronvirus

The debate so far

While the last debate was defined by the heavy blows the candidates were landing on each other, this one has so far been defined by its disorderly chaos.

Ironically, it’s also the first debate to be sponsored by Twitter which, as some have noted, it is increasingly starting to resemble.

Oliver Darcy

fitting that Twitter would be sponsoring the debate that feels the most like the disorderly dialogue on Twitter

February 26, 2020

Matt Stoller

This debate makes twitter look good. #DemDebate2020

February 26, 2020

Questions are being asked about how tickets were made available for tonight’s debate. Some reports suggest that certain tickets were priced between $1,750 – $3,200.

Some are saying that might account for the unexpected enthusiasm being shown for billionaire candidate Bloomberg …

Mehdi Hasan

I’m no conspiracy theorist and I’m not suggesting Bloomberg “bought” the entire audience but this is WEIRD:

“Sponsorship [for audience tickets] ranges from $1,750 to $3,200 each for attendance to multiple ‘First in the South’ events.”

February 26, 2020

Michael Moore

The audience at the debate — tickets to get in cost up to $3,200. No surprise to see Bloomberg get some cheers. Is there any joy in watching this debate?

February 26, 2020

Ben Pershing

A reporter should find the Bloomberg cheer section after the debate and ask them some questions. Very curious.

February 26, 2020

Did Mike Bloomberg fall prey to an unfortunate Freudian slip earlier, and say he bought 21 Democratic seats in 2018?

Donald Trump Jr has already jumped on the moment, but watch the clip and decide for yourself (it happens just towards the end):

Donald Trump Jr.

He’s admitting he
BOUGHT those seats!

February 26, 2020

Here’s how much each candidate has spoken tonight, via the New York Times’ live tracker:

How long each candidate has spoken for so far

How long each candidate has spoken for so far (via New York Times)

The debate moderators are coming in for a lot of heat tonight. Viewers’ criticisms have included the lack of control over the bickering candidates, and the fact no-one has yet been asked about the global panic over coronavirus.

Tommy Vietor

Well…this debate sure sucks so far. Shitty process questions. Redundant Medicare for All discussion. Everyone allowed to shout over the others. Disappointing.

February 26, 2020

Molly McKew

Hey debate moderators: the markets have dropped 6% in two days because of coronavirus — maybe ask a question about that? So many aspects to choose from.

February 26, 2020

Lisa Desjardins

I deeply admire both of these moderators incredibly but wish our team at PBS @NewsHour had a shot at this one …

Longing for a little more chill and a lot more thought.

February 26, 2020

Garrett Haake

This seems like an opportune moment to applaud the fine moderating of @LesterHoltNBC, @chucktodd, @HallieJackson, @vanessahauc & @RalstonReports last week.

February 26, 2020

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