Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
January 14, 2020

Trump Campaign Statement on Iowa Democrat Debate

“Based on their performances on stage, the six Democrat candidates demonstrated that not one of them deserves to win the Iowa caucuses in less than three weeks. They will tank the economy, ruin health care, raise taxes, and fail to adequately defend the United States. President Trump would dominate any of them in November.”

-Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 communications director

Republican National Committee
January 14, 2020

RNC Statement on the Democrat Debate

WASHINGTON — Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released the following statement on tonight's Democrat debate:

"Democrats are only in Iowa because they have to be. If they got their way, they would abolish the Electoral College and never set foot in our nation’s heartland again," said Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. "If they did care about hardworking Americans, they would not be touting a radical, socialist agenda that threatens to undo all of the economic progress that has been made over the last three years. Their multi-trillion dollar policies stand in stark contrast to President Trump’s record of results for the American people. Voters will overwhelmingly choose his winning agenda in November."

Republican Party of Iowa
January 14, 2020

Iowa GOP Statement on Dem Debate in Des Moines

DES MOINES -- Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement regarding tonight’s Democratic debate in Des Moines:

“Socialist Sanders has taken over the Democratic party, and now his opponents are trying to chase him down here in Iowa. But Iowans don’t support the extreme policies of Sanders, AOC, and the Socialist Squad -- if they had it their way, nearly two million Iowans would be stripped of their health care plans, and the USMCA wouldn’t exist. Iowans reject the out-of-touch agenda of the left, which would bankrupt families and businesses and leave America’s heartland behind. It is increasingly clear there are no moderates left in the race, and Americans cannot afford the Democrats’ radicalism.”

Coalition Against Socialized Medicine
January 14, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: Statement on the Seventh Democratic Debate

ALEXANDRIA, VA, ‪January 14, 2019 – The Coalition Against Socialized Medicine (CASM), a broad coalition of leading conservative and free-market groups such as the American Conservative Union, Heritage Action, FreedomWorks, the National Taxpayers Union, Club for Growth, Citizens Against Government Waste, American Commitment, and the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, has issued the below statement in response to the seventh Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa attributable to CASM Executive Director Marc Palazzo (

“With the Democratic field continuing to narrow and the first votes approaching, voters deserve a close examination of the candidates’ healthcare plans. Many of the candidates have tried to distance themselves from “Medicare for All” as voters have learned of its $32 trillion price tag and how it would eliminate all private and employer or union-provided insurance, impose crushing new taxes, destroy jobs, and serve as a death-knell to medical innovation. But whether it be Medicare for All, single-payer, or another euphemistic alternative, the reality is that the proposals the candidates are putting forth would take America further down the path to socialized health care,” said Marc Palazzo, CASM’s Executive Director. “These are dangerous proposals what would upend our health care system reduce access to cures for America’s patients. And the more voters learn about them, the less they support them.”

League of Conservation Voters
January 14, 2020


Washington, D.C. — In response to the seventh Democratic primary debate, the League of Conservation Voters issued the following statement from Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld:

“The people of Iowa spoke, and the candidates and moderators listened. Kudos to CNN, the Des Moines Register and every single presidential candidate on stage tonight for responding to Iowa caucus-goers’ demands for a substantive exchange about the ambitious solutions necessary to combat the climate crisis. Iowa voters are climate voters, and in the final weeks before the caucuses we look forward to hearing even more from candidates about how they will prioritize immediate action on climate that builds a more just and sustainable society.”

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January 15th, 2020

CNN Debate Attracts 7.3 Million Viewers on CNN and Four Million Live Stream Starts

Last night’s CNN Democratic Debate in partnership with The Des Moines Register attracted 7.3 million viewers on CNN and four million live streams.  On television, an average of 7.317 million total viewers watched the debate live from the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.  Among adults 25-54, 2.109 million tuned in.  The debate peaked on television from 9:30-9:45pm with 7.981 million total viewers.

CNN’s live stream of the CNN Democratic Debate saw 4.0 million live starts on CNN’s platforms (, CNNgo on OTT apps & CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android; CNN’s debate was not live streamed on social properties).  It was the biggest CNN debate ever for digital live streaming, and the entire day ranked in the Top 5 of all days in the last year.

The digital streams translate to an average audience of 467k total viewers (which is equivalent to how TV ratings are calculated). CNN TV plus digital streaming produced a combined total average audience of 7.784 million total viewers.  Digital viewing added a +6.4% lift to CNN TV total viewer average audience, the highest percentage lift on record for a CNN debate. Notably, on debate day, CNN Digital saw more than 29 million unique multiplatform visitors and 25 million total video starts across its desktop, mobile and OTT devices. The audio of the debate also streamed on CNN’s channels on Amazon Echo, SiriusXM and Westwood One Radio Network.

The two-hour debate (9-11pm, ET) was moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, anchor The Situation Room, Abby Phillip, CNN political correspondent and Brianne Pfannenstiel, chief political correspondent of The Des Moines Register.

Last night’s debate included presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden; Mayor Pete Buttigieg (South Bend, IN); Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN); Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT); businessman Tom Steyer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA).