The second Democratic debate was befuddling to say the least. With 10 disparate candidates vying for precious airtime on stage, it felt as though most of them didn’t know which point to make, what question to respond to, or even where to put their hands.
One candidate who did not have that problem, however, was Senator Kamala Harris of California, whose clear-headed arguments, fierce retorts, and steely-eyed command of the stage easily earned the loudest applause and most dramatic moments of the night.
Harris did not have the greatest momentum before tonight’s event, but she’ll likely leave the debate stage as the candidate to beat when the campaign heats up in the coming months. In case you didn’t get a chance to watch tonight, here are a few of Harris’s best moments:
Kamala Harris gets the first big applause line by calling out the media for not asking Republicans how they will pay for their tax cuts for the rich. #DemocraticDebate #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/ZrTymwStLJ
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) June 28, 2019
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 28, 2019
Lots of applause for Kamala Harris for this moment pic.twitter.com/OBQvwz1DHT
— Weston Blasi (@westonblasi) June 28, 2019
Kamala Harris food fight moment pic.twitter.com/KsibLlOfmu
— Ⓜ️arcusD ▶️ (@_MarcusD3_) June 28, 2019
Not for nothing, but Harris’s social media team was on it, too. After a tense exchange between Harris and former vice president Joe Biden on the subject of segregation and school bussing, Harris’s Twitter account tweeted this:
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 28, 2019