Steyer: Trump Won the Democratic Debate

February 20, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer on Thursday said President Donald Trump was the winner of Nevada's Democratic debate thanks to the infighting among his rivals.

"I saw the person who won the debate last night, whose name is Donald Trump. That's the first thing I'd say," Steyer said on CNN's New Day.

Anchor Alisyn Camerota asked Steyer to explain what he meant by Trump winning the debate in Las Vegas.

"I saw so much bickering between Democratic candidates tearing each other down and going after each other and forgetting the fact that what really counts is beating Donald Trump in November of 2020," Steyer said.

"I saw people going after each other's personality and records instead of remembering that, in fact, the Democratic Party needs to win in November," he continued.

The Democratic presidential candidates skewered each other during the debate in several tense moments, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (Mass.) attack on Michael Bloomberg in the opening minutes of the debate. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg also had multiple tense exchanges.

The Nevada caucus will be held Saturday. Buttigieg, who won in Iowa, currently leads in the delegate count with 23, while New Hampshire winner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) is just behind with 21.