Top Moments: The 2015 Presidential Debates – Trump vs. Bernie

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As the year 2015 comes to a close, we look onward to the upcoming New Year and the Presidential election that 2016 brings.

And yet, we cannot move forward without remembering from whence we came. The Presidential Debates, for both Democrats and Republicans, have proved to be a long and arduous journey. Mistakes were made. Victories were won. And in the end, only one will remain standing.

It’s easy to get lost in the inundating amount of top moments from the debates this year. Fortunately for you, TiVo® Research has gathered the all-time top Democratic and Republican debate moments for your perusing pleasure. Will this be indicative of the two candidates who will go forth to represent their respective parties? Only time will tell. Until then, enjoy the top moments from the 2015 Presidential Debates!

Trump looking at CNN

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RankDateTiVo’s Top Moments for the 2015 Republican Debates
16-Aug-15Trump’s closing statement: “Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t win anymore. We don’t beat China in trade. We don’t beat Japan with their millions and millions of cars coming into this country in trade. We can’t beat Mexico at the border or in trade. We can’t do anything right. Our military has to be strengthened; our Vets have to be taken care of. We have to end Obamacare and we have to make our country great again and I will do that. Thank you.”
216-Sep-15In response to the question “What would you want your Secret Service code name to be as President,” Jeb Bush replies, “Ever Ready,” and then turns to Mr. Trump to say: “It’s very high energy, Donald.” This gets a big laugh from the audience, and a low five (opposed to a high five) between Bush and Trump. Trump then gives his code name, which also gets a big reaction: “Humble.”
36-Aug-15Megyn Kelly points out that Trump has changed his position on key issues like abortion and assault weapon bans in recent years. The crowd erupts into applause when she follows up by asking, “When did you actually become a Republican?”
46-Aug-15Governor Huckabee’s closing statement describes “It seems like this election has been a whole lot about a person who is very high in the polls, who doesn’t have a clue how to govern, a person who has been filled with scandals and who could not lead. And of course I’m talking about Hilary Clinton.”
56-Aug-15Paul accuses Trump of advocating a single-payer health care system. Trump retorts with an insult: “I don’t think you heard me. You’re having a hard time tonight.”
Bernie giving a speech

[Daniel Acker/Getty Images/Bloomberg]

RankDateTiVo’s Top Moments for the 2015 Democratic Debates
114-Nov-15Sanders: “I’m not that much of a socialist compared to Eisenhower.” Sanders discussing how high he would raise the effective tax rate and that it wouldn’t be as high while President Eisenhower was in office.
213-Oct-15Sanders interjects following Clinton’s response to yet another question about her email server: “Enough of the emails! Let’s talk about the real issues facing America!”
314-Nov-15Sanders: “This country needs to move towards a living wage.”
Sanders discussing that people earning a minimum wage today have to work two to three jobs, because the wages they are earning is too low.
413-Oct-15Sanders responds to Cooper’s question, “What is the greatest national security threat facing the United States?”: “The scientific community is telling us if we do not address the global process of climate change, transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to sustainable energy, the planet that we’re going to be leaving our kids and our grandchildren may well not be inhabitable. That is a major crisis.”
514-Nov-15Sanders: “Please become a part of the political revolution”
Bernie Sanders closing statement – encouraging viewers stand up to ‘Special Interests’, get involved in the political process, and tune out distractions.

Fun facts:

  • Sanders dominates the Top Democratic moments.
  • Even when Trump wasn’t the person speaking, four out of five of the Top Republican moments are centered around him.
  • For both parties, the first two debates comprise all the Top Moments.


Source: TiVo Research

Methodology: This TiVo Research analysis was prepared using aggregated, anonymous, second-by-second audience measurement data from approximately 30,000 anonymous households out of a daily sample of 350,000 subscribers to the Emmy® Award-winning TiVo service. TiVo Research gauges the interest in programming content by measuring the percentage of the TiVo audience watching in “play” speed. TiVo Research determined the Top Moments from the Republican Debate that resonated most with TiVo subscribers.

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