The Broward County Democratic Party, and other supporting agencies cohosted a presidential debate watching party at ArtServe The second debate watch party had 10 candidates including front-runner former Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Cory Booker and Kamila Harris and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. All are seeking to be the Democratic nominee for President to face-off in the 2020 election against incumbent Donald Trump.
Hillary Dougherty, president of the Women’s March Broward said that the upcoming election in 2020 was a very important one, because it signaled the kind of country that Americans would face in the future, and it was important that the Democratic standard bearer be strong enough to beat Trump. Dougherty said the likability of a candidate was important, but that the candidate to beat Trump must be a strong one as well.
“One of the main focuses when we are talking about a candidate,” she said, “is why we like the candidate but we must also think about what we stand for as a party. I think it’s important the likability of it all, but when you have someone like Trump in the White House, that goes out the window.”
Dougherty also spoke about Buttigieg, the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is a millennial running for President. Dougherty said that Buttigieg did very well the first night of the debates, and is someone to watch.
“He’s the first LGBT candidate,” said Dougherty, “and he’s smart and capable. He did very well. Marianne Williamson also did well, and her talk about reparations surprised everyone. She talked about things that other people don’t really talk about.”
Alfredo Olvera, president of the Dolphin Democrats, an LGBT organization located in Broward County, also said that it was important for the Democrats to get Trump out of the White House in 2020. Both Olvera, and Adam Sabin, treasurer of the Dolphin Democrats, said the future of the country was at stake and so was the country’s future in the courts. The Trump administration, they said, already had appointed many judges who could roll back rights that had taken decades to get.
“Trump and the Republicans have not been on the side of the people,” said Sabin. “As far as this debate and this election, we need to offer the American people a real solution to the problems this country is facing.”
Joshua Simmons, a Black Commissioner in Coral Springs, said the upcoming election in 2020 represented a critical point in the history of the country and that a Democratic president was needed to move the country forward. It also was important for people at the local and other levels of government to run and carry the country into the future. He said the country was broken, but he was hopeful it could be repaired with the right people in office. And that people of all walks of lives needed to be addressed, not just the people at the top.
“I’m hopeful,” said Simmons. “We can fix the country that is currently broken.”