This is what the internet is saying about Beto O'Rourke speaking Spanish ...

5 min ago ... And this is what the internet is saying about Beto O'Rourke speaking Spanish

Twitter is already full of the memes.

8 min ago Beto O'Rourke switches to Spanish for his first answer

From CNN's Caroline Kelly

When asked whether he supported a marginal tax rate of 70% on top earners making more than $10 million a year, O’Rourke began his response in English. 

“This economy has got to work for everyone and right now we know that it isn’t, and it’s going to take all of us coming together to make sure that it does,” he said.

He then switched to Spanish, saying, “We need to include each person in the success of this economy. But if we want to do that, we need to include each person in our democracy. Each voter, we need the representation, and each voice, we must listen to.”

He then reverted back to English for the rest of his remarks.

O’Rourke made some notable errors, however. For example, he used masculine adjectives to describe “economy” and “democracy," which are feminine nouns in Spanish and he used the verb “to vote” before correcting himself and using the Spanish word for "voter." 

8 min ago President is watching the debate. His early review is in: "BORING!"

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

President  has deemed the first Democratic debate a snoozer: "BORING!"

He tweeted as his plane is being refueled in Alaska as he heads to Japan for the G20:

12 min ago Bill de Blasio and Beto O'Rourke have the first clash of the night

From CNN's Eric Bradner, CNN

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized Beto O’Rourke over the former Texas congressman’s approach to health care.

O’Rourke had just explained that he backed a plan that would allow Americans to opt into Medicare, but preserve a role for private insurance.

De Blasio jumped in, saying, “but private insurance is not working for tens of millions of Americans.”

The exchange between de Blasio and O’Rourke marked the first clash of the night -- and demonstrated how candidates tried to use the issue of health care to differentiate themselves.

Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney jumped in on O’Rourke’s side. “I think we should be the party that keeps what’s working and fixes what’s broken,” he said.

26 min ago Here's why people are searching for "podia" right now

NBC's Brian Williams referenced the lecterns lined up on stage, but he called them "podia" -- a plural term for podium -- and confused a heck of a lot of people.


A podium, per that website, is "a small platform for the conductor of an orchestra, a public speaker, the recipient of a sports medal, etc."

Those aren't that. They're lecterns:

"a stand with a slanted top, used to hold a book, speech, manuscript, etc., at the proper height for a reader or speaker."

29 min ago Meanwhile, Kamala Harris is live tweeting this debate

She doesn't take the debate stage until tomorrow night, but Sen. Kamala Harris is definitely watching.

The presidential candidate is rapid-fire tweeting about her opponents now. She sent this after Julián Castro's response about closing the pay gap.

32 min ago The response that won Julián Castro major applause

From CNN's Dan Merica

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro got a strong response from the audience when he pledged to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.

This came in response to a question about what he would do to close the pay gap between men and women.

The Equal Rights Amendment is a

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