The Democratic Debates kicked off last week, and it is clear is that the future is very much female. There is a total of 24 candidates in the race, including a former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was on the first night of the debates, had a strong performance and touted what sets her apart the most from the other candidates. Warren has a plan to solve a lot of the problems facing the American people. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who also had a shining moment, proved that she could take it to Donald Trump and was not afraid to call out the others on the debate stage.
I want to focus more on the second night of the debates because it was in those debates where candidates were able to shine and were able to make the biggest difference.
California Sen. Kamala Harris effectively did what she needed to do and challenged the frontrunner in a way that may be the end of the “Biden Bump.” Harris proved that she has the ability to take on Donald Trump, and that includes the person leading the democratic field, Joe Biden. Harris went into the debate as an underdog and left the debate in what may end up being the frontrunner. One of the more memorable lines from Harris was the following: “America doesn’t want a food fight, they want to know how we’re going to put food on their table.”
The other candidate who did what was necessary on the debate stage was New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand, a more moderate senator whose slogan is simply “Brave Wins,” showed that she should not be counted out of the national conversation when it comes to the frontrunners. Gillibrand has made women’s rights the centerpiece of her candidacy and was one of the few who was willing to hold Democratic Sen. Al Franken accountable by calling on him to resign.
What is clear going forward in our national conversation is that women should no longer be discounted. After all, America has already elected a female president via the popular vote, and after watching the debates one can clearly see that the future of the Democratic Party is female.
The bottom line is this: Women are the backbone of the Democratic Party — especially minority women. Therefore, it would behoove the Democratic Party to nominate a female as their presidential nominee. I will go one step further and argue that it is in the nation’s interest that the Democratic Party chooses an all-female ticket, be it Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, or Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand. The nation awaits the bold change that is clearly female leadership, and the American people saw that on display during the Democratic Debates — now if old white men would step aside.