Fox News' Dana Perino: Fourth Democratic Debate Was More of The Same

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Fox News' Dana Perino: Fourth Democratic Debate Was More of The Same

Perino: Candidates Don't Need to Attack Joe Biden. They've learned to let Donald Trump do that for them.

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October's Democratic primary debate delivered some surprising moments from second-tier candidates such as Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar. In the end, however, it was nothing more than the usual political rhetoric and unrealistic policy proposals that we've been subjected to by Democrats for the last several months.

Wednesday afternoon, WIBC host Tony Katz spoke with Fox News host Dana Perino, host of "The Daily Briefing" and co-host of "The Five," to get her insight and perspective in the wake of Tuesday night's debate in Ohio. 

On Candidates Avoiding The Hunter Biden Issue:

"You have to remember who [the candidates] are speaking to right now. They're trying to win a Democratic primary. And I think they've found that attacks - meaning attacks on fellow Democratic candidates - don't do that well.

Let's go through it. 

Kamala Harris attacked Joe Biden about bussing. She was the star of the show for about 24 hours and then faded. Julian Castro attacked Joe Biden for being feeble and old. That didn't work. Tulsi Gabbard attacked Kamala Harris and was popular for about 26 hours. 

So again, I think maybe what they've learned is that they can let Trump do their dirty work."

On Which Candidates Were 'Winners' and Which Were 'Losers':

"I think Elizabeth Warren realizes what it's like to be the front runner - everyone just piled on top of her. 

Joe Biden, you know, he screwed up several sentences. It was like he would have four good sentences and then the fifth sentence would contradict the fourth one. It was bizarre, and it happened over and over again.

I think Bernie Sanders - especially given the fact that he just had a heart attack - was very strong. And then he had the big moment of the night when he said, 'I'm going to have a rally this Saturday, and somebody from Queens, NY is going to be there. And then, of course, it is revealed later that he has won the coveted endorsement of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Elizabeth Warren will not get that endorsement.

Mayor Pete and Amy Klobuchar had their best performances yet. Pete Buttigieg is very polished with he speaks, but Amy Klobuchar has a very unfortunate voice that is sometimes not that easy on the ear."

On Kamala Harris Struggling to Find Her Base:

"It feels like she's constantly searching and attempting to determine where it is she thinks the voters want her to be. That's not a good thing. I mean, think about Donald Trump. Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is who he is. He does not try to be anybody that he's not. 

The most genuine politicians are generally the ones who do extremely well, and Kamala Harris constantly appears to be vacillating back and forth on the issues. You're always wondering with Kamala Harris, 'You ARE for taking away people's private health insurance or you're not? So you were strong on law enforcement, but now you're not.' So I think she's going to continue to struggle. She just can't get out of that 5% I don't think."

On Beto O'Rourke and Gun Confiscation:

"Mayor Pete Buttigieg really took him to task for that, and I think any candidate who wants to win a general election knows that gun confiscation is never going to fly."

On Her Overall Assessment of The Debate:

"I just feel like we're not getting anywhere. The field is not getting any narrower and I don't think it will for a while. In fact, you could very well have this entire field of candidates all the way through the Iowa caucuses." 

Click the link below to hear WIBC host Tony Katz's full interview with Fox News host Dana Perino.

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