Despite Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) receiving 20:46 minutes of speaking time, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who had an awkward time attempting to add up taxes on stage, receiving just 15 minutes of speaking time — HuffPost wrote Andrew Yang as the night’s star.
The live-tracker for each candidate's speaking time in the #DemDebate puts Elizabeth Warren far in the lead ahead of everyone else, with four times as many minutes as Tulsi Gabbard, and double that of the other candidates. Media bias is real. pic.twitter.com/3AC2cyApeq
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 16, 2019
HuffPost’s Ed Mazza said the surprise rising star of last night’s debate was Yang for one particular reason: his lapel pin.
The lapel pin had the word “MATH,” written on it. Lapel pins typically have an icon or initials, and Yang’s pin is no different here. The pin stands for “Make America Think Harder,” – almost a play off of President Donald Trump’s “MAGA” – or “Make America Great Again.”
HuffPost went on to state that “The ‘MATH’ pin got more attention than some of the comments by the candidates:”
Say what you want about @AndrewYang not wearing a tie, I LOVE how he's wearing a MATH pin on his lapel instead of the typical American flag. That has always annoyed me how candidates feel they have to advertise the stars and stripes to get elected. #DemDebate #DemocraticDebate
— Scott Santens? (@scottsantens) October 16, 2019
Putting aside breaking news of a “lapel pin,” other notable takeaways from the debate stage was the fact that California Sen. Kamala Harris spoke about Trump the most out of the field of candidates. She mentioned him 11 times.
The most notable take away from the debate last night was when South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg got into a heated battle with Texas Rep. Beto O’Rouke. O’Rouke criticized Buttigieg for not publicly supporting his “mandatory buyback program for certain types of firearms,” thus showing Buttigieg lacked the courage to get the job done.
Buttigieg fired back, “The problem isn’t the polls, the problem is the policy. I don’t need lessons from you on courage political or personal.”
CNN, who monitored the debate, also allowed for Biden to use the debate stage to discuss his son’s foreign’s business scandal. The news network allowed for a little less than three minutes on the topic.
Biden responded to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s question regarding Trump of falsely accusing his son of doing something inappropriate while serving on a company board in Ukraine.
“My son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong. I carried out the policy of the United States in rooting out corruption in Ukraine. That’s what we should be focusing on. What I wanted to make a point about – my son’s statement speaks for itself. He spoke about it today. My son’s statement speaks for itself.”
According to multiple news outlets, including the Daily Caller, “Hunter Biden served on the boards of two foreign companies including a Chinese private equity firm and a Ukrainian gas company that reportedly hired the younger Biden in an effort to recruit well-known Americans while it was under investigation, The New York Times reported in May.”
Marissa Martinez is the founder of Strategic Rush, contributor for Accuracy in Media, The Hill, and Republican Strategist for PACs and congressional candidates. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa