Presidential candidate John Delaney, whose senior staff reportedly encouraged him to drop out of the race, and whose poll numbers are so low that they’re not even registering, received an awful lot of airtime tonight at the third debate of the 2020 presidential primaries.
The businessman and former U.S. representative from Maryland was forced to defend his views on healthcare and his opposition to Medicare for All, and ended up saying much more on the topic than front-running senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Here’s a key exchange:
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 31, 2019
However, not everyone was happy about Delaney’s verbose performance or CNN moderator Jake Tapper’s generousness.
why on earth are they trying to make Bernie v. Delancey happen. this loser isn’t fit to be Bernie’s human footstool
— Katherine Krueger (@kath_krueger) July 31, 2019
Why does Delaney get so much time? #DemDebate
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) July 31, 2019
The way tapper has moderated this debate, you would think Delaney is the front runner. What a disgrace.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) July 31, 2019
I’m sorry but under what logic is @CNN giving a lot more time to Bullock or Delaney than Klobuchar?
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) July 31, 2019
John Delaney getting this much speaking time is like on Battlestar Galactica when a supporting cast member would suddenly get a whole episode to themselves because they were about to get their brains blown out
— Connor Goldsmith (@dreamoforgonon) July 31, 2019
On the plus side for Delaney, at least a lot more people know who he is tonight.