Last week, during the first Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 election season, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders finally faced off against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Sanders said that there was too much talk about Clinton's "damn emails" and tried to explain Democratic socialism, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb complained about not getting enough speaking time, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee struggled to keep up, and viewers thought that Clinton ran circles around them all, according to a recent CNN poll. The debate was more of a clash of personalities than a clash of policies, and who can highlight those hilarious differences better than kids. Yep, Funny or Die got kids to reenact the first Democratic debate, and the results are a brilliant summary of what happened.
The amazing video features spot-on imitations of all of the candidates, complete with facial expressions and costumes to help the kids better represent their characters. The young actor playing Sanders, for example, wears a fabulous white wig and round glasses while yelling passionately. The actor playing Clinton looks polished while she says, "I think what Senator Sanders is saying certainly makes sense." All of the candidates repeatedly say "I think we can all agree" or "I think we're all in agreement that ..." while passionately defending their positions, on which virtually all of them agree.
The actor playing Webb perfectly imitates the former Navy serviceman's disgruntled attitude when he believed he wasn't getting enough speaking time during the debate.
And mini-Chafee poked at himself, in a sad but funny way of portraying the real candidate's lackluster performance.
Clinton looks visibly annoyed when moderator Anderson Cooper's voice says "Secretary Clinton, you are going to be testifying before Congress next week about your emails." But Clinton barely gets into answering the question when Sanders chimes in with one of his winning lines from the night: "The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails."
When the camera moves to Webb, he speaks in a sing-song-y, boring voice while saying, "someone who has the best ethical standards as our next president," and then points enthusiastically to himself.
Finally, when Webb is really peeved that he hasn't been able to speak as much as Sanders or Clinton, he says, "Bernie, say my name so I can get into this!" But Sanders just picks up a juice box and stays silent.
The young actor playing Chafee actually manages to make you feel bad for him when Cooper's voice pressures him on whether he knew what he was voting for when he voted to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act, a regulation on big banks that was in place from 1933 to 1999. "The Glass-Steagall was my very first vote," young Chafee says with adorable innocence that the real Chafee apparently couldn't convince voters with. "I just arrived. My dad in the office ... I think you're being a little rough. It was my very first vote."
The young actors brilliantly show how all of the candidates seemed to agree on key issues; some just seemed to have more conviction — and crazier hair to go along with it — during the debate.