Who Won Day 1 Of The Democratic Debates In Detroit? It Isn’t Who You Might Think

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This week on Daily Detroit, we’re dusting off our politics hats. The Democratic presidential debates are in town at the Fox Theater, after all, and Round 1 took place last night, with the second debate planned for Wednesday evening.

Tuesday night’s debate featured front-runners and progressive-wing standard-bearers Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, plus South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. And they showed well.

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But Jer and I argue that former Grosse Pointe resident and self-help author Marianne Williamson arguably advanced her cause the most of any candidate on stage.

Williamson, who recently penned a column for CNN discussing the school inequality she witnessed as a Pointer, used her limited air time to talk about issues like the Flint water crisis and even the hot-button issue of reparations, which she supports. Could last night’s debate be Williamson’s golden escalator moment?

Also, I speak with former Democratic state Rep. Marie Donigan of Royal Oak for her take on the debate. Who strengthened their argument to win the party’s nomination? Who tanked? What messages should Dems hammer to win Michigan? And is a progressive, left-wing message or a more moderate position the way to go to win back the state from Donald Trump and the GOP in 2020?

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