A Storm of Democrats

Swirled over South Carolina

Evan Smith
June 24, 2019 - 4:33 pm

Thousands turned out on Saturday to hear from 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, an event that saw attendees crammed in with many standing up in the back.

Each candidate didn’t have much time, however – the individual presidential hopefuls were allotted just seven minutes to speak.

Despite their brief time, the candidates all shared a common theme: getting Trump out of office.

The means by which they proposed for that to happen, however, is where divergence occurs.

The front-runner, Joe Biden, kept his speech limited to broad, hopeful calls for optimism, noting that America is rife for positive change following the divisiveness of recent years. He called back upon one of America’s former presidents to deliver that message.

“I’ve never been more optimistic about this country,” Biden said. “We ought to pick our heads up. I remember the phrase from John Kennedy when he wanted to go to the moon, he said that we go because we are unwilling to postpone. I am unwilling to postpone. I am unwilling to postpone any longer the potential of this nation. It’s totally within our power to change it.”

Amongst front-runners, however, Biden’s call for positivity was solitary. The rest of the candidates instead called for drastic change to the established political, economic and cultural landscape.

“It is time for big structural change in America,” said Elizabeth Warren. “The time for small ideas is over. So, here’s how I see it. It’s time for big plans and, yeah, I got some big plans.”

Candidates said the time was ripe for South Carolina to transition from a red state to a blue state.

Despite dwindling poll numbers, Bernie Sanders stuck to his typical message of bringing the rich and powerful down to size.

“In the wealthiest country in the world, we need an economy and a government that works for all of us, not just wealthy campaign contributors and the one percent,” Sanders said.

So far candidates have not been overtly hostile toward one another, with small jabs mostly being directed at Joe Biden, but that is likely to change come this week’s debates.

You can catch the candidates – exclusively on MSBC and NBC News, mind you – at 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

But with ten candidates each night, don’t expect much depth from any one individual.

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