Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz faced off for a 90-minute debate on CNN tonight. Even before the debate began, supporters from both sides began placing their “bets” on who they thought would walk away the winner. Now that you’ve seen the debate, who do you think should be declared the winner?
The debate was focused on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Some were excited about the debate and glad to see the two face off. But others, especially those who were upset at how little media attention Sanders got during the primary, thought this was “too little, too late.”
Who do you think won?
President Donald Trump and Republicans have vowed to repeal Obamacare. Trump signed an executive order to give the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and other departments, the ability to to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.”
Cruz has long wanted the full repeal of Obamacare. Sanders, meanwhile, campaigned on the idea of wanting a better, single-payer plan. He has since demanded that Republicans must come up with a strong replacement before simply repealing the act.
Supporters of Cruz say that his well-established debate skills will leave him the winner of tonight’s debate. Sanders’ supporters have said that Bernie’s passion and knowledge of the topic will leave him the clear winner. In fact, supporters on both sides were already declaring the winner on social media before the debates even began:
Meanwhile, others simply weren’t sure why the two were debating at all:
Once the debate was over, supporters of both sides still had some pretty strong opinions:
So who do you think won the debate tonight? Let us know in this poll, and then share it with your friends so they can vote too. Do you have anything else to say about the debate? Let us know in the comments below.