By Robert A. Vella
Last night, the three remaining Democratic Party candidates for president debated in New Hampshire. This was their third debate leading up to the 2016 election. It was moderated by ABC News. Here’s what I learned:
For the first third of the debate, ABC’s moderators exhibited a quite obvious conservative bias in its line of questioning and in its citing dubious polls regarding Americans’ attitudes on terrorism and gun control.
The candidates were very animated, and they performed very well.
The debate covered a broad range of topics, and each candidate gave – for the most part – substantive and informative answers.
The most enlightening discussion covered the turmoil in the Middle East. Of particular note were two Hillary Clinton responses which firmly convinced me that the U.S.’s highest priority in the region is not the destruction of the Sunni Muslim Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS, ISIL), but to oppose the Shiite Muslim regimes in Iran and Syria – as well as the Hezbollah militant organization in Lebanon – to which Israel is most fearful. Listen to her answers very carefully and judge for yourself.
Further reading and videos of the debate: Why Bernie Sanders Is Running for President