The Slatest

We Just Witnessed the First Good Use of Social Media in Debate History

Hillary Clinton objects.


Though Hillary Clinton was in control throughout the first hour of Saturday night’s Democratic debate, she took some difficult questions about her campaign funding in the second hour. Surprisingly, the hardest hit came not from her fellow candidates, but from Twitter. Addressing Clinton’s earlier remarks, co-moderator Nancy Cordes* evoked online conversations in progress as the debate went on:

There was a lot of conversation on Twitter about guns. But also about your conversation on campaign finance. And, secretary Clinton, one of the tweets we saw said this, “I’ve never seen a candidate invoke 9/11 to justify millions of Wall Street donations until now.” The idea being, yes, you were a champion of the community after 9/11, but what does that have to do with taking big donations? 

Clinton was momentarily flummoxed. And Twitter? Twitter was pleased.

*Correction, November 15, 2015: This post originally misspelled Nancy Cordes’ last name