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It turns out there are millions of Americans who want to spend more than two hours hearing 10 Democratic candidates discus their campaign platforms, which … kind of surprises this blogger.
The early ratings are in for last night’s Democratic debate, and ABC executives are likely quite happy with them. CNN reports:
Thursday night’s debate featuring ten presidential candidates averaged 14 million viewers across ABC and Univision. The debate ratings were head and shoulders above everything else on TV Thursday night. …
With 14 million people watching on TV, the debate ranked behind the record-setting NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo debate in June, but ahead of most other Democratic primary debates in TV history.
Meanwhile, reactions are still pouring in to last night’s Democratic debate. In particular, there has been a lot of discussion around Julián Castro’s repeated swipes at Joe Biden.
At one point during the debate, Castro accused Biden of changing his position on healthcare from what he had told the Houston audience just moments earlier. “Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?” Castro repeatedly asked Biden.
On @CNN right now, @SymoneDSanders coming for Castro: says there were 9 candidates interested in a substantive policy debate and one, Castro, wanted to take “personal and cheap and frankly factually incorrect shots at” Biden.