Highlights of the First Democratic Primary Debate—in GIFs!

von Natalie Finn |  Natalie Finn 13. Oktober 2015 – 20:34

The five Democratic presidential candidates finally got to weigh in on the issues tonight while all in the same place.

Two months after the Republicans first made for the biggest panoramic photo op at a primary debate ever, the relatively compact field of Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Lincoln Chafee, Jim Webb and Martin O’Malley gathered for the Democrats’ first primary debate in Las Vegas.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper did the moderating, Sheryl Crow sang the national anthem, Donald Trump did the live-tweeting…

And despite the usual almost-comical yet characteristic-and-comforting amount of gesticulating from Sanders, these candidates made for a pretty straight-forward two hours. Here’s a rundown of the night’s biggest moments in the way that the 21st century intended you to watch primary debates…

You know, in GIFs:

All the 2016 presidential candidates

The cheerful—hey, I know you!—introductions

Sheryl Crow sang the “Star-Spangled Banner”

The candidates politely listened and Chafee may have been reacting to a slightly bum “rockets’ red glare” moment

“Everything they’ve told you is bulls–t. I knew your father when he was this big.”

That’s not exactly what she said, but…we paraphrase

“You want me to respond to that?”

The former governor of Rhode Island and onetime Republican is asked whether he’s a committed Democrat now

Economic equality sounds great and all, but…in a nutshell…

“I support affordable college tuition…” “You call those hand gestures?”

Did you know debates had seventh-inning stretches? Here, Bernie Sanders conducts Beethoven’s “9th”

But aren’t you the ultimate insider? “I can’t think of anything more of an outsider than electing the first woman president.”

Smokin’ hot Democrats

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