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Opinions on the first Democratic debate from CNN, The New York Times, Sen. Lindsey Graham and others

Democratic presidential candidates from left, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourk
Democratic presidential candidates from left, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney listen to a question during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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SALT LAKE CITY — The first Democratic debate took place last night with 10 presidential candidates sharing the stage for two hours. Here are some reactions from the debate.

CNN's Chris Cillizza noted how the debate didn't really feel like a full-blown debate due to the number of candidates.

  • "With 10 candidates onstage, their answers limited to 60 seconds and most of the candidates unwilling to engage one another, the debate was less a debate than a series of one-minute speeches."

NPR's Domenico Montanaro said it was remarkable how the candidates barely talked about President Trump and instead focused on someone else.

  • "It is remarkable that the candidates had relatively little to say about President Trump. It was almost as if he didn't exist — and the candidates cared more about Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell."

President Trump shared his thoughts over his preferred method of communication part way through the debate.

Mitch McConnell, the "Grim Reaper" of progressive policies, reacted to the criticisms saying he was proud.

  • "Being criticized for stopping the liberal agenda and confirming conservatives judges, I love it."

Beto O’Rourke spoke in Spanish during the debate, garnering interesting reactions on and off the stage.

Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted that after the debate, more Trump doesn't sound that bad.

Julian Castro's closing statement was trending will into the next day.

New York Times columnist Gail Collins said Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Amy Klobuchar managed to stand out on the crowded stage.

  • "Warren was very strong on the issues — her passionate attacks on big oil, big pharma and big private prison operators have really gotten sort of operatic. And Klobuchar had some of the best lines, including her critique on Donald Trump’s Iran agenda: 'I don’t think we should conduct foreign policy in our bathrobe at 5 in the morning.'"

With the next 10 presidential candidates debating tonight, U.S. citizens have a lot to think about for the next 495 days.