The Debate Will Not Be Kind to Hillary

The first Democratic presidential debate, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct.13, will likely boost each of the candidates who participate — largely at the expense of Hillary Clinton.

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The debate will be a contest of four versus one, as Senator Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb gang up on her.

But beyond the actual content of the debate, the fact that these alternatives to Clinton — particularly Bernie Sanders — have a chance to showcase themselves in front of a Democratic electorate that does not yet know them well will inevitably trigger a rise in their standings.

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Clinton in particular will suffer from attacks on her very recent flip-flops on the Keystone Pipeline and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. At the State Department, she approved Keystone and sent it to the White House for a final ruling. Additionally, at the State Department, Clinton had a formative role in the early stages of negotiating the trade deal she now opposes.

Bernie Sanders, unlike Clinton, stands for something, and does so with consistency and tenacity. He is staking out a vibrant left-wing agenda for America, which will be on display at the Democratic debate.

Does Social Security face financial problems? Sanders says take the cap off Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes and tax the full income of rich and middle-class people. Then, use the extra money to lower the retirement age to help people facing layoffs in their late 50s or early 60s.

Dissatisfied with Obamacare premium increases? Sanders says socialize medicine and cut out the insurance companies altogether.

Worried about job losses to foreign trade? Sanders opposes all trade deals and wants to protect American jobs by trade restrictions on currency manipulation.

Poverty? Sanders says raise the minimum wage to $15. Immediately.

The Democratic electorate will lap it up. As Sanders hits Clinton high — taking on her issue positions. Her other competitors, particularly Lincoln Chafee, will likely hit her low — taking on her email scandal as well as her lies and obfuscations.

The result of this 4 to 1 debate should be devastating to Clinton. Wait and see.

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