Communications Update for October 18th, 2015

On Tuesday, a record breaking 15.8 million people tuned in to our first Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was the highest rated Democratic Primary debate in history, and the 6th highest rated non-sports telecast in cable history. At least 31 State Democratic Parties and 205 County Democratic Parties in 41 states hosted debate watch parties. “I congratulate all of our Democratic candidates for President, for the American people are surely the winners of last night's debate … In just two and a half hours of debate, our Democratic candidates covered more serious topics and bold ideas than the GOP candidates could muster in nearly 10 hours of debate,” DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz wrote in a statement. Check out the Chair’s full remarks on the debatehere.
 
Tuesday night’s debate illustrated the contrast between the detailed policy proposals offered by Democratic candidates and the out of touch Republican rhetoric. The Huffington Post lamented that Jeb Bush’s health care plan did little to offer a replacement in lieu of the Affordable Care Act, which he’s pledged to repeal. Meanwhile, Rand Paul offered a meandering set of recordings of his travels in Iowa. Check out more on the GOP’s lack of substance from our Factivists here.
 
Twitter also took notice of the Democratic debate’s refreshing policy focus. The New York Times applauded candidates for taking on the NRA, and reporters consistently praised their commitment to substance. Our Factivists are back with more on Twitter’s reaction to the first Democratic debate. Check it out here.
In case you missed it, here is a panel of local party members being interviewed on WISN after the watch party we hosted at the Art Bar on Tuesday.
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