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Bradshaw3

(7,488 posts)
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:36 PM Oct 2019

No one shows up to Joe Biden debate parties

From the Philadelphia Inquirer, in Biden's home state of Pennsylvania:
https://www.inquirer.com/news/joe-biden-enthusiasm-philadelphia-sad-watch-parties-elizabeth-warren-grassroots-fundraising-20191020.html


"The two men watched in silence and both left before the three-hour debate ended. A reporter turned off the TV on her way out. Bradford’s was one of three watch parties within a 20-mile radius of Center City registered with the campaign. None drew more than seven people."

“What surprises me is, Philly, you’d expect it to be Bidentown,” she said. “It really hasn’t felt like that.”

Enthusiasm matters when it comes to winning elections, whether some like to admit it or not.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
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No one shows up to Joe Biden debate parties (Original Post) Bradshaw3 Oct 2019 OP
There's no party like a debate party! Scurrilous Oct 2019 #1
Surely. nt Kahuna7 Oct 2019 #33
True for Biden parties as the article showed Bradshaw3 Oct 2019 #38
Are you serious? Blue_true Oct 2019 #48
Warren watch party crazytown Oct 2019 #53
I don't understand the attraction of debate parties at all, The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 2019 #2
30 yrs ago, we had a lot of fun with them Dennis Donovan Oct 2019 #3
Were the debates as numerous, as long, and did they start 18 months before an election? Raven123 Oct 2019 #45
This was Oct 1988 - campaigns *started* around Dec 87 Dennis Donovan Oct 2019 #47
All your reasons to not go to a debate party are also valid for not watching the debate at all. thesquanderer Oct 2019 #6
But I hate meeting people and socially networking! The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 2019 #8
Lol, I'm exactly the same way. cwydro Oct 2019 #23
I am wondering whether debate parties are somewhat less of a thing now The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 2019 #24
Yes they're still a thing. redqueen Oct 2019 #32
Next thing you know, they are asking to borrow money and sleeping with your partner jberryhill Oct 2019 #29
Who would want to sit in a room with a bunch of other people talking and cheering? I'd prefer.... George II Oct 2019 #13
According to the article debate parties apparently aren't a thing for his supporters. MarcA Oct 2019 #7
If they would hold a debate with no more than 6 candidates ritapria Oct 2019 #12
Debate Parties can be fun... sacto95834 Oct 2019 #28
+++++ still_one Oct 2019 #36
Yeah. They are one of those seriously in the weeds things. nt Blue_true Oct 2019 #49
What an incredibly boring way to spend a night redstateblues Oct 2019 #4
Certainly was at the Biden "parties" Bradshaw3 Oct 2019 #39
It is things like this Think-b4-U-act Oct 2019 #5
Riiiight awesomerwb1 Oct 2019 #17
That too Think-b4-U-act Oct 2019 #26
Which is exactly what the planet awesomerwb1 Oct 2019 #35
At the start of the campaign Think-b4-U-act Oct 2019 #46
I've lived in northern DE for 56 years and I wouldn't think that Philly would be Bidentown. woodsprite Oct 2019 #9
It's because of that Scranton thing he does whenever he runs nationally jberryhill Oct 2019 #30
He should drop out immediately! George II Oct 2019 #10
DU certainly has lively debate parties. . . . nt Bernardo de La Paz Oct 2019 #11
A neighborhood watch party as a measure of electability. That's what we're reduced to? LanternWaste Oct 2019 #14
more excuses LeftTurn3623 Oct 2019 #20
Unless the candidate induces a cult mentality PhoenixDem Oct 2019 #15
... Scurrilous Oct 2019 #22
Why so hostile? nt redqueen Oct 2019 #25
The last guy who won had them nt. Trenzalore Oct 2019 #42
This Biden supporter is confident in my choice. LakeArenal Oct 2019 #16
+1000 Skya Rhen Oct 2019 #18
That is what I have been saying LeftTurn3623 Oct 2019 #19
Just more standard political reporting redqueen Oct 2019 #21
No real surprise there... oh well. InAbLuEsTaTe Oct 2019 #27
How many were at the Warren debate party nearby? jberryhill Oct 2019 #31
Read the artcle Bradshaw3 Oct 2019 #40
He doesn't inspire excitement janterry Oct 2019 #34
sad... myohmy2 Oct 2019 #37
Biden is relying on traditional democratic party groups for support Trenzalore Oct 2019 #41
The counter to this is he's probably the candidate with the most entrenched support Otto Lidenbrock Oct 2019 #43
Perhaps the people who don't have cable tv Kitchari Oct 2019 #44
Good observation, and that number is steadily increasing. nt redqueen Oct 2019 #50
glad someone had a hugely huge debate party turn out PupCamo Oct 2019 #51
I didn't know there even was such a thing - OhZone Oct 2019 #52
 

Scurrilous

(38,687 posts)
1. There's no party like a debate party!
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:40 PM
Oct 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Bradshaw3

(7,488 posts)
38. True for Biden parties as the article showed
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:57 PM
Oct 2019

The other candidates had more people - and more fun!!

If I were to vote in a presidential
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Blue_true

(31,261 posts)
48. Are you serious?
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 09:01 PM
Oct 2019

Lots of beer and even soapboxes, if you can stand for long.

Gee, I live my life for the chance to attend debate parties.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

The Velveteen Ocelot

(115,628 posts)
2. I don't understand the attraction of debate parties at all,
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:41 PM
Oct 2019

no matter who your favorite candidate is. The debates aren't real debates and they don't give the candidates a reasonable chance to explain anything; they're just fluff for the networks. I'd rather stay home and watch Netflix with my cats than go to a debate party. Maybe the apparent lack of enthusiasm has more to do with the dumb debate format and the fact that there are too many debates and too many candidates.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Dennis Donovan

(18,770 posts)
3. 30 yrs ago, we had a lot of fun with them
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:48 PM
Oct 2019

We'd invite everyone over to the house and would hand each of them a rubber-suction-cupped-tipped dart pistol. Whenever Bush and / or Quayle came on the screen, I'd announce, "Ready! Aim! Fire!". My old TV (32" RCA XL-100) was covered in spittle!

If I were to vote in a presidential
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Raven123

(4,792 posts)
45. Were the debates as numerous, as long, and did they start 18 months before an election?
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 07:19 PM
Oct 2019

And were there as many candidates?

It is just a different time I imagine.

If I were to vote in a presidential
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Undecided
 

Dennis Donovan

(18,770 posts)
47. This was Oct 1988 - campaigns *started* around Dec 87
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 08:38 PM
Oct 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

thesquanderer

(11,972 posts)
6. All your reasons to not go to a debate party are also valid for not watching the debate at all.
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:52 PM
Oct 2019

At least the debate party is a way to meet people and socially-network IRL.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

The Velveteen Ocelot

(115,628 posts)
8. But I hate meeting people and socially networking!
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:53 PM
Oct 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

cwydro

(51,308 posts)
23. Lol, I'm exactly the same way.
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:41 PM
Oct 2019

Rather be home with my critters any day of the week!

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

The Velveteen Ocelot

(115,628 posts)
24. I am wondering whether debate parties are somewhat less of a thing now
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:46 PM
Oct 2019

because of so many ways of communicating in real time through social media. I certainly don't think they are useful as a measure of a candidate's support.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

redqueen

(115,103 posts)
32. Yes they're still a thing.
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:07 PM
Oct 2019

But yeah, not exactly a measure of support. That's just the good old MSM doing what they do.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

jberryhill

(62,444 posts)
29. Next thing you know, they are asking to borrow money and sleeping with your partner
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:01 PM
Oct 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

George II

(67,782 posts)
13. Who would want to sit in a room with a bunch of other people talking and cheering? I'd prefer....
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:58 PM
Oct 2019

...staying at home and actually hearing what the candidates say. When my wife and I watch a debate, neither of us talk much.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

MarcA

(2,195 posts)
7. According to the article debate parties apparently aren't a thing for his supporters.
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:53 PM
Oct 2019

That said, these gatherings appear to be more of a social get-together for friends.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

ritapria

(1,812 posts)
12. If they would hold a debate with no more than 6 candidates
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:56 PM
Oct 2019

It might be worth spending the time to go to a debate party …….I'm not interested in hearing anymore from candidates who have ZERO chance of being nominated …..The next debate will be in November .. Isn't it time to get serious ? ….

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

sacto95834

(393 posts)
28. Debate Parties can be fun...
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:01 PM
Oct 2019

with drinks. On certain words or phases everyone takes a drink.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

Blue_true

(31,261 posts)
49. Yeah. They are one of those seriously in the weeds things. nt
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 09:02 PM
Oct 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

redstateblues

(10,565 posts)
4. What an incredibly boring way to spend a night
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:48 PM
Oct 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Bradshaw3

(7,488 posts)
39. Certainly was at the Biden "parties"
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:58 PM
Oct 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Think-b4-U-act

(52 posts)
5. It is things like this
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:50 PM
Oct 2019

that cause me to worry about Biden

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

awesomerwb1

(4,265 posts)
17. Riiiight
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:09 PM
Oct 2019

My main worry about him is....why on earth hasn't he revealed what his favorite brand of sneakers is??

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Think-b4-U-act

(52 posts)
26. That too
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:56 PM
Oct 2019

But he gets no one excited, except for the fact he can beat and replace Trump.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

awesomerwb1

(4,265 posts)
35. Which is exactly what the planet
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:27 PM
Oct 2019

is demanding from us?

If beating and replacing trump doesn't get you excited comrade.....

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Think-b4-U-act

(52 posts)
46. At the start of the campaign
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 07:45 PM
Oct 2019

I supported Biden, but as the campaign went on I Became convinced he can not beat Trump. I want S Brown from Ohio to re-enter the race. All of our present candidates have problems.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

woodsprite

(11,905 posts)
9. I've lived in northern DE for 56 years and I wouldn't think that Philly would be Bidentown.
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:53 PM
Oct 2019

Maybe Pittsburgh - MAYBE. I would think more likely Sanders, Warren, Harris, Buttigieg, or O'Rourke.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

jberryhill

(62,444 posts)
30. It's because of that Scranton thing he does whenever he runs nationally
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:04 PM
Oct 2019

If he's not running for president, then he's "Joe who went to school in Claymont" (albeit at Archmere), and not "Joe who grew up in Alapocas".

But when he's running for president, then it's "Joe from Scranton".

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

George II

(67,782 posts)
10. He should drop out immediately!
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:54 PM
Oct 2019




Just in case:
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Bernardo de La Paz

(48,970 posts)
11. DU certainly has lively debate parties. . . . nt
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:55 PM
Oct 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

LanternWaste

(37,748 posts)
14. A neighborhood watch party as a measure of electability. That's what we're reduced to?
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:00 PM
Oct 2019

I guess when you got nothing, nothing is what you're gonna argue...

If I were to vote in a presidential
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LeftTurn3623

(628 posts)
20. more excuses
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:29 PM
Oct 2019

I guess not being able to raise money is no sign of alarm? Lets just keep pretending there is nothing wrong

If I were to vote in a presidential
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Undecided
 

PhoenixDem

(581 posts)
15. Unless the candidate induces a cult mentality
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:04 PM
Oct 2019

the supporters prefer to stay home.

Many candidates don't need a ritualistic pilgrimage.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

redqueen

(115,103 posts)
25. Why so hostile? nt
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:47 PM
Oct 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

Trenzalore

(2,331 posts)
42. The last guy who won had them nt.
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 06:37 PM
Oct 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

LakeArenal

(28,807 posts)
16. This Biden supporter is confident in my choice.
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:08 PM
Oct 2019

I don’t need validation from a bunch of partiers.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

LeftTurn3623

(628 posts)
19. That is what I have been saying
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:27 PM
Oct 2019

he cant draw people or money. This could be trouble

If I were to vote in a presidential
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Undecided
 

redqueen

(115,103 posts)
21. Just more standard political reporting
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:32 PM
Oct 2019

about things that don't really matter, which is nothing new.

Debate watch parties are a thing. Have been for years. It's not everyone's cup of tea but it allows supporters to network and have fun. More relaxed than the usual get togethers which are more strategy focused.

Maybe the campaign should stop listing them on their website if this kind of publicity is unwanted.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

InAbLuEsTaTe

(24,122 posts)
27. No real surprise there... oh well.
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:58 PM
Oct 2019

Bernie/Elizabeth or Elizabeth/Bernie 2020!!
Either way, they're stronger together!!
Welcome to the revolution!!!
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

jberryhill

(62,444 posts)
31. How many were at the Warren debate party nearby?
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:05 PM
Oct 2019

C'mon

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Bradshaw3

(7,488 posts)
40. Read the artcle
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 06:00 PM
Oct 2019

It talks about other parties.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

janterry

(4,429 posts)
34. He doesn't inspire excitement
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:22 PM
Oct 2019

n/t

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

myohmy2

(3,146 posts)
37. sad...
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:43 PM
Oct 2019

...very sad...

...

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Trenzalore

(2,331 posts)
41. Biden is relying on traditional democratic party groups for support
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 06:36 PM
Oct 2019

A lot of the politicos and wannabe politicos in the area are behind him. I don't expect him to have much grass roots or youth support in a primary.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

Otto Lidenbrock

(581 posts)
43. The counter to this is he's probably the candidate with the most entrenched support
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 06:45 PM
Oct 2019

He was leading the polls months before jumping in, and it's pretty much exactly six months since he has been in and the lead is still his.

I look at Yang's online support and can't see another candidate with better enthusiasm yet he's still in single digits.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Kitchari

(2,166 posts)
44. Perhaps the people who don't have cable tv
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 06:45 PM
Oct 2019

Are the ones who like to go to debate parties

If I were to vote in a presidential
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redqueen

(115,103 posts)
50. Good observation, and that number is steadily increasing. nt
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 10:38 PM
Oct 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

PupCamo

(288 posts)
51. glad someone had a hugely huge debate party turn out
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 10:41 PM
Oct 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

OhZone

(3,212 posts)
52. I didn't know there even was such a thing -
Mon Oct 21, 2019, 10:44 PM
Oct 2019

as a debate party!

I do my "debate party" here anyways.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
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