The first Democratic Presidential debate took place on October 13th. There were five candidates that got on stage to speak in favor of their campaign. Upon completion of the debate, the polls showed Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders as the two front runners, while Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, and Jim Webb dragged behind. On October 20th, Jim Webb made an announcement that he would be dropping out of the race. Three days after Webb’s announcement, Chafee also decided he would be dropping out of the Democratic race. The next Democratic forum is scheduled for Friday, November 6th, with Clinton, Sanders, and O’Malley as the only three remaining candidates for the Democratic Party.
Webb’s reasoning for dropping out
As the former Senator of Virginia, Jim Webb seemed like a great candidate for the Democratic Party. However, a week following the first Democratic debate Webb decided to call it quits, and drop his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Webb’s reasoning was that he felt his own views on many of the issues presented during the first debate were not compatible with the power structure and the nominating base of the Democratic Party. He was also not comfortable with many of his opponents’ policies. Webb believes that the Democratic Party is heavily invested in interest- group politics, which he is not. This raised the question as to whether Webb would still consider himself to be a Democrat. He said it is something he will have to think about.
Webb still might consider running?
Even though Webb dropped out of the Democratic Party, there is a possibility of running as an Independent. Over the following weeks Webb plans to talk with people who have encouraged him to run. In order to run as an Independent, Webb would need some serious financial help, especially since he had trouble raising cash against his Democratic opponents. Even with the financial issues in mind, Webb believes he could beat front runners, Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Webb’s spokesman, Craig Crawford, believes that if Webb ran as an Independent, he would be likely to bring in new voters from labor as well as Virginia supporters.
Chafee drops out of the race
Just a couple of days after Jim Webb announced he would no longer be running for the Democratic Party, Lincoln Chafee made an announcement regarding his departure from the race. The former Governor of Rhode Island was a long shot bid for the Democratic Party. The majority of his life was spent as a Republican, but he ran as an Independent to successfully win the position of Governor of Rhode Island. Chafee’s Democratic platform campaigned Prosperity through Peace. Even though he has decided to end his campaign he still wishes to advocate for peace.
Chafee’s reasoning for dropping out
There were several reasons why Chafee decided to drop out of the race. He stated that opponent, Hillary Clinton, was having a good week. She did a great drop in the first debate and at the Benghazi hearing. With Jim Webb dropping out and Joe Biden declining to run, it was a no brainer that it was his time to drop out as well. Chafee was never extremely confident in his chances of winning the nomination. Even though Chafee dropped out, he was aggressive toward Hillary Clinton during the first debate, calling her out on her vote in 2002 to enter the Iraq War. Still, Clinton came out the frontrunner, and Chafee dropped out of the race.
What this means for the next debate
Now that two Democratic candidates have dropped out of the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination, just three will fight for their issues during the forum on November 6th, 2015. This is not a debate, but rather a forum, where Rachel Maddow will get the opportunity to interview the remaining candidates. They will be able to instill their beliefs and campaign ideas. The forum will be hosted by MSNBC at Winthrop University, located in Rock Hill South Carolina.
With just three Democratic candidates left, the upcoming forum will be a great event to hear more from each of the remaining candidates. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley will be interviewed at the forum to give the nation more information on their campaigns. Some topics were missing from the first debate, and this forum might be a good time for candidates to mention their ideas on these topics. To stay updated, be sure to tune in on Friday November 6th at 7pm CT.