During the Democratic Town Hall in Iowa on Monday night, a young man got up and asked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton which president inspired her the most. The moderator of the event, Chris Cuomo, said over the laughing crowd that Mrs. Clinton could only choose one president. While many may have assumed she would pay tribute to her husband, former President Bill Clinton, she did not. Hillary Clinton said she has been most inspired by President Abraham Lincoln for having tackled the struggles he dealt with during his extremely important historic time in our country. She made reference to President Obama and her husband during her response, but she said she has been most inspired by Lincoln. The town hall was broadcast from 9 to 11 PM on Monday night on CNN, according to a CNN report on Monday.
The event also featured Democratic presidential candidates Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Gov. Martin O’Malley. Sanders answered questions from the moderator and potential caucus attendees first. O’Malley took the stage second. Then Clinton ran out on stage third. As expected, the biggest Obama flag-waver was Clinton, as she has been asserting an increasingly positive stance regarding Obama throughout the debates leading up to Monday’s event. Most of the questions, by far, were about domestic issues. All three candidates were faced with not-so-difficult questions about various aspects of equality among United States’ citizens. They were allowed time to expound about their desire for economic equality of the masses, gender equality, race equality, sexual orientation equality, religious equality and more.
Unlike the debates, all three candidates were allowed to maintain a likable demeanor throughout their time on stage. Again, the questions were for the most part quite softball-styled questions. After all, it was Democrats asking Democratic presidential candidates questions. Were it the opposing party’s supporters, naturally, the questions would have been much more challenging for the candidates. Near the end of the Clinton session, foreign affairs came to light almost as if it were planted and delivered by the admitted-Clinton supporter. Clinton took that opportunity to boast about her experiences as secretary of state – a speech that has been heard many times already during her candidacy.
All three candidates had the opportunity to defend their positions on issues, according to the Los Angeles Times. Bernie Sanders, in particular, took time to re-explain his position on his promise to increase taxes if elected. He reasons that his plan for replacing Obamacare will save Americans more money than they’ll lose by having higher taxes. Additionally, he insists his plan will result in all Americans being given health care – something which he says Obamacare is not doing for 29 million people in the country. With Clinton and Sanders nearly tied in the polls in Iowa as the front-runners, O’Malley was basically asked who he would support after the Iowa Caucus possibly knocks him out of the race. He didn’t take the bait. He told his O’Malley supporters to stand “strong” as Democrats did in 2007 to move Obama forward towards the White House. As for who one or performed best at the Town Hall, it would be difficult for anyone to lose in this event. Again, the questions were not challenging, and the candidates took the open opportunity to promote themselves as best they could.