On the eve of the second presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, Senator Bernie Sanders was asked by a woman in the audience if she was ready to say that she was “more interested in the questions than the answers.”
“Yes,” she replied, her eyes darting back and forth between the two candidates.
Sanders, however, was quick to take a shot at the Republican candidates, pointing to their lack of experience and lack of foreign policy experience.
“We’re going to need to find some real answers to the big questions,” he said.
“If the Republicans are going to spend time debating the economy, the healthcare bill, and whether the climate is changing, how do you have a military that is going to be there, how are you going to defeat ISIS, how can you fight terrorism when we have nuclear weapons?
What are you doing with Iran?
What is the deal on Cuba?”
The third debate in Iowa was the first to be held on a Friday night in the state, and it was an opportunity for the two remaining candidates to lay out their visions for the future.
Sanders was joined by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Senator Joe Biden, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, former Governor Martin Shkreli, and Senator Bernie Eccleston, who announced his candidacy for president in October.
While the two men’s responses to questions were largely identical, the two Republican candidates took a more expansive approach to their answers.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry told the crowd that he had a vision for a world that is a world of opportunity and “we need to bring more people in”.
“I’m not the one who said that I’m going to build a wall,” Perry said, as the audience applauded.
“I think we need to have the wall built, I think we should build a border wall, I would like to see people able to live, work, and play here and that we do that together, not against.”
“I would like people to be able to buy a home, a car, and that is what I would love to see happen,” Perry added.
Former Senator Rick Santorum said that the “three pillars” of America – the first three are healthcare, education and economic security.
“It’s not about the big ideas,” he added.
“It’s about what is in our DNA as Americans, and I’m here to tell you what I think is the right answer.
It’s not going to happen overnight, but it’s the right solution to the problem we have.
We’re not going back to the 1950s.”
“We are not going for another decade of the same old government, but we’re going back.
And we’re not in the 1950, we’re in the 1960s, we are in the 1970s, in the 1980s, and we’re back,” Santorum added.
Santorum went on to say the country needs to “start working together again” with President Trump, who he said is “the only candidate who has the temperament, the temperament to lead”.
“He has said he wants to get rid of Obamacare, but that’s a lie.
He’s been saying that for eight years.
He was against the Iraq War.
He has said that he’s going to renegotiate the Iran deal, but he’s not.
He said he was going to make a deal with Iran, but if he does, he’s got to be very, very sure that Iran will abide by it.
He will not.
So we are going back,” he concluded.
The third Republican debate will take place on Monday at 7pm in Deso, Iowa.