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The internet can’t get enough of moderator Jorge Ramos at tonight’s Democratic presidential debate.
The stage was set from the first words that Ramos said in Spanish, “This is our country, too.”
From there, the Univision news anchor often referred to as “the Walter Cronkite of Latin America” stole the screen and captured the interest of the viewing audience.
For many, Ramos’s pointed questions, like when he asked Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) about veganism and when he grilled former Vice President Joe Biden about Obama’s deportation record, asking, “Why should Latinos trust you?” was a breath of fresh air in an often fetid political showcase.
For all of those that are coming at me. I love Jorge Ramos. I've personally met him several times. He is GREAT! I loved all his questions on immigration.I hope he is a moderator again. My point is that I wish he was also there to ask questions outside the immigration ones too.— Julissa GREAT IMMIGRANT Arce (@julissaarce) September 13, 2019
I see a lot of people were unaware of the greatness that is journalist Jorge Ramos. He did not come to play tonight. He’s asking some of the most important questions of this evening. #DemDebate— Vanessa Rumbles (@VanessaRumbles) September 13, 2019
As expected @jorgeramosnews is asking substantive, tough questions on Latinos, racism & immigration, putting Democrats on the spot to do more than be against Trump— Jennifer Medina (@jennymedina) September 13, 2019
Ramos’ performance was so exquisite that some suggested that he run for president.
“JUST IN: Jorge Ramos has announced that, f*ck it, he’s jumping in the race too,” the Daily Show joked.
For the most part, the consensus was that Ramos was prepared, tough, and professional as a moderator.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted, “Journalists could [take] notes from @jorgeramosnews in the #DemDebate. He is asking tough, but fair questions – not to stir drama or seek a gotcha moment – but to hold people accountable to their records and have them answer for it. His clarity makes it thrilling nonetheless.”
“More question for Jorge Ramos please,” quipped the New Yorker’s Eric Lach.
The candidates might want to take notes.
Claire Goforth is a Jacksonville, Florida-based journalist covering politics, culture, justice, and unicorns. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from regional alt-weeklies to Al Jazeera.