Not only was the fourth Democratic candidates debate the lowest rated of the election cycle, but two Democrats who are struggling to remain complained on Twitter that some of the most important questions were left unasked in what was a liberal friendly debate.
Former Obama Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro struck first while mocking the moderator’s question about Ellen DeGeneres and former President George W. Bush’s friendship, which upset liberals to no end last week.
Three hours and no questions tonight about climate, housing, or immigration.
Climate change is an existential threat. America has a housing crisis. Children are still in cages at our border.
But you know, Ellen.#DemocraticDebate
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) October 16, 2019
Then a few minutes later, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) whose campaign has been spiraling downward for months and who unsuccessfully tried to get Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to join her call to get Trump banned from Twitter, issued a tweet similar to Castro’s about the debate questions.
Not one question about the climate crisis.
Not one question about LGBTQ+ rights.
Not one question about immigration.
These issues are too important to ignore. #DemDebate
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 16, 2019
It wasn’t just the candidates that thought CNN and the Times wasted time on less important issues. Margaret Sullivan of The Washington Post and Binyamin Appelbaum a New York Times editorial writer couldn’t understand why there were no questions about climate change given that the Democrats have the Green New Deal a centerpiece of their agenda.
CNN and the New York Times moderators did their best to serve up softball questions to the candidates and while there were some fireworks as they tried to distinguish themselves from one another, the lower ratings are showing that voters are beginning to suffer from debate fatigue as the Democrats struggle to find a unifying message to defeat President Trump beyond trying to impeach him.