Debate Watchers Pack Bar for Detroit Watching Party

Debate watchers turned out at McShane's Irish Pub.

July 30, 2019 - 6:39 pm

(WWJ-- More than 100 debate watchers headed to Corktown for the first night of the second round of the Democrat's presidential primary debates in Detroit, packing into McShane's Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar.

A watch party hosted by the non-partisan group Citizen Detroit offered Detroiters a place to engage on debate night, providing a briefing on politcal speech prior to the debates. A handout for atendees had bullet points on "the five P's of political speech" -- pandering, "pants on fire lie," pertinent information, pivoting and "potshot" attack speech.

Sandra Cavette told WWJ's Stephanie Davis the party was a great place for debate watchers to gather over the two nights of debating in Detroit, as a wide array of 20 candidates with varying beliefs, strategies and demeanors will share their plans for the presidency.

"I find it very informative because you have an opportunity after you leave here to follow up on a candidate that says something of interest to you," Cavette said.

Many attendees said the No. 1 issue on their minds is healthcare, with the 10 candidates hotly debating the topic to begin the debate.

Among the 10 candidates on stage at the Fox Theatre Tuesday night were headliners Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Wednesday's headliners include former Vice President Joe Biden, California Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker.