MADRID, Feb. 8 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Democratic candidates in the race to the White House have held their first debate on Friday after the Iowa caucus, which resulted in the victory of former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg with an advantage of just over 1,500 votes against the second classified, the senator for Vermont Bernie Sanders.
The main issue of the debate, held in New Hampshire in the face of the primaries that will take place next Tuesday, has been the eligibility of each candidate and, in particular, if Sanders, who identifies himself as a socialist, could defeat the current president of The United States, Donald Trump, in November or the party should bet on a center candidate.
The issue of Sanders's appeal as a candidate is at the center of the Democratic primary after the words of former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who said he “doesn't like anyone” and refused to clarify whether he will support him if he is elected as the candidate of the Democratic Party for the November elections.
In this context, the Vermont senator has dismissed Clinton's comments and said it is time to go beyond the 2016 elections. “Our job is to look forward (…) I hope we can come together and move forward in that address, “he said.
Sanders has also said he would be able to unite people and attract new voters to the Democratic cause. “I think the way we will beat Trump is by having the largest electoral participation in the history of this country,” he said, according to the CNN television network.
“This is attractive to the people of the working class who have surrendered in the political process because they do not believe that anyone is listening to their pain, perceiving that pain, feeling their pain, and we have to bring young people to the political process,” he added.
Buttigieg has also been the target of his contenders, who have attacked him alluding to his political inexperience, while he has lashed out at Sanders alluding to the fact that the race against Trump means “a new moment in American politics, one that requires a new style of leadership “which, he said,” he can offer. ”
Together with Sanders and Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator for Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren, Senator for Minessota Amy Klobuchar and entrepreneurs Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer participated in the debate.
A survey of the NBC television network conducted after the Iowa caucuses gave Sanders victory in New Hampshire, with 25 percent of the support, followed by Buttigieg, with 21 percent. Biden and Warren tie in third place and a long way from the previous ones.
In Iowa, Warren was third, while Biden won fourth place. There is still a new recount requested by the president of the Democratic National Convention, Tom Perez.
Despite being definitive results with 100 percent of the caucuses accounted for, the Democratic Party has not yet placed the distribution of state delegates that corresponds to these results.
This Thursday, Sanders was proclaimed winner of the Iowa caucuses without the Democratic Party having completed the accounting of the results.
According to the US press, Sanders could have won in a popular vote in Iowa but not in the vote for the concession of state delegates, which is the definitive fact because the process of primary and caucus nationwide is decided by the total number of votes of delegates accumulating the candidates for the presidential nomination.
The victory of Buttigieg in the Iowa caucuses has been a clear surprise against previous forecasts and now places him next to Sanders in an optimal position to lead the race for the Democratic nomination in the November presidential elections, in which the current US president , Donald Trump, will opt for reelection as a Republican Party candidate.
Biden, meanwhile, started as a favorite in the race for the Democratic nomination. However, the experience of previous primary processes indicates that the candidate who remains in one of the first two positions in Iowa is the one who ends up achieving the Democratic presidential nomination.
Barack Obama prevailed in the Iowa caucuses in 2008, when he ended up becoming the Democratic presidential candidate, and Donald Trump was second in the Republican appointment in 2016, finishing the race as presidential candidate of the party.