“[I] promise everybody’s going to get in here, promise,” NBC News’s Savannah Guthrie said as she cut off an interjecting Sen. Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.).
The yelling was so intense 15 minutes later, it led to the third-most-tweeted moment from the debate when Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) ended a shouting match by saying, “America does not want to witness a food fight, they want to know how we are going to put food on their table.”
But even as candidates fought for airtime, some were seemingly unprepared when asked direct questions.
Author Marianne Williamson uttered the word “plan” more than a half dozen times to describe how she apparently … hates “plans.”
“If you think we’re going to beat Donald Trump by just having all these plans, you’ve got another thing coming, because he didn’t win by saying he had a plan,” she responded to a question about lowering prescription drug prices.
At another point, Williamson apparently thought the Apollo 11 moon landing took no planning.
“[Former president John F.] Kennedy did not say, ‘I have a plan to get a man to the moon and so we’re going to do it and I think we can all work together and maybe we can get a man on the moon,’” she said. “… Because John Kennedy was back in the day when politics included the people and included imagination and included great dreams and included great plans.”
It is not clear whether she planned to say that.
3. Cheesy lines from Eric Swalwell
Then, when asked about the first relationship he would “reset” as president, Swalwell said, “My first act in foreign policy: We’re breaking up with Russia and making up with NATO.”
But Swalwell’s closing statement really took the cake:
“I’m a congressman, but also a father of a 2-year-old and an infant. When I’m not changing diapers, I’m changing Washington. Most of the time, the diapers smell better.”