Local Rhode Islanders gather for third Democratic debate
By: Brittany Comak
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) - With the third Democratic debate in the books, Rhode Islanders say the current front runners still stuck out to them the most Thursday night.
"I can hear a lot from Elizabeth Warren. She's a favorite of mine," said Liz Gledhill of the Rhode Island Democratic Women's Caucus. "I love that she has a plan for everything.
"I'm leaning more toward Elizabeth Warren," said Heidi Silverio of the Rhode Island Young Dems.
"Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, they continue to stick out," said Jason Roias of the Rhode Island Young Dems.
Some of the biggest topics of the night for the young crowd at the Rhode Island Young Dems and Women's Caucus watch party at Riffraff bar and bookstore - immigration, student debt, and gun violence.
"People are more talking about organizing together, working on issues together, which is something that we need because that's what cost us the presidency last time," said Silverio.
Most of the people watching laughed during some of Joe Biden's answers - calling him out of touch.
"Couple of them, the old timers, seems like they say the same thing at every single debate," said Roias.
And candidate Andrew Yang drew hysterics from the crowd many times.
"He was like, 'I'm Asian, I know a lot of doctors,'" recalled Silverio. "What does that mean?"
More than once he proposed giving away money.
"When he does stuff like that it seems to be kind of making a mockery of things," said watcher Robert Santurri.
One of the biggest takeaways was that the ten candidates still did not separate themselves enough on the issues for some of those watching.
"It's a primary! There's a democratic primary," said Santurri. "They have to draw differences between each other."
Santurri and others also made the point that Julian Castro was successful in differentiating himself during the debate, though he is still polling quite low.
They say they saw the biggest differences in ideas during the debate on healthcare.