MIAMI—Night one of the first Democratic presidential debate was sidetracked Wednesday by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and New York mayor Bill DeBlasio ignoring the moderator’s questions about student loan debt and arguing about the best place in Lower Manhattan to get tapas. “Excuse me, I’m sorry, senator, but for you to sit there and claim that Tomiño Taberna Gallega’s patatas bravas hold a candle to Despaña’s is patently ludicrous,” said DeBlasio, adding that anyone who took the time to carefully research the issue on Yelp would agree that the New Jersey lawmaker’s restaurant suggestion was the wrong way forward. “I refuse to sit idly by as my challenger tries to paint Despaña as some sort of second-rate fare, when I know for a fact that it’s authentic, reasonably priced, and has boquerones that are absolutely to die for. It may not be the popular opinion, but I have to follow my conscience. And my conscience is telling me that Tomiño Taberna Gallega is total garbage.” At press time, the moderator decided to move on after Amy Klobuchar tried to chime in about her go-to tapas spot in St. Paul.
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