Of the 40,000 Democratic candidates running for president in 2020, CNN invited five of them to a town hall meeting last night.
I’ve been a Republican since Barry Goldwater, which gives you a clue of my age and leanings. But party loyalty aside and by chance, I happened upon the CNN Democratic Candidates Town Hall last night. These are my impressions of the five candidates on the program in the order that they appeared:
Amy Klobuchar – I tuned in late, but from the last few minutes of her that I caught, she seems to have a pleasant manner of presenting herself with some humor thrown in. Conservative columnist George Will wrote four months ago that “Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the person perhaps best equipped to send the current president packing.” That’s significant coming from George Will.
Elizabeth Warren – Damn! There’s just something about this strident individual that irritates the Hell out of me. I had to pour a strong bourbon to keep my blood pressure within safe limits.
Bernie Sanders – If Bellowing Bernie, age 77, ever had an economics class in college, it doesn’t show. But to give him some credit, I think he sincerely believes in what he’s espousing, and I can see how my liberal friends find him an endearing character.
Kamala Harris – I know little about her, but she has a reasonable, lawyerly manner of presenting her very liberal views. She’s about as far to the left as Lizzie Warren without the sandpaper.
Pete Buttigieg – Wow! Harvard, Oxford, Rhodes Scholar, Afghanistan military veteran, successful mayor, articulate. I respectfully disagree with George Will, above, when he said Klobuchar is the Democrat’s strongest candidate. I think Buttigieg is the one to watch.
I know that politics is usually a no-no for a business column, so I’m venturing into dangerous territory here. But with that caveat, let me have your thoughts on these candidates.
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