WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Tom Steyer failed to make a splash in his first Democratic presidential primary debate despite spending the equivalent of $109,000 per second he spoke on the stage.
Steyer, who has pledged to spend $100 million of his own money on his presidential bid, gave his campaign a whopping $47.6 million from his July launch through the end of September and raised slightly over $2 million from other individuals. The campaign spent $47 million on operating expenses, more than twice what top third-quarter fundraiser Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders spent: $21.3 million of the $25.2 million he raised.
“I just want to start by reminding everybody that every candidate here is more decent, more coherent, and more patriotic than the criminal in the White House,” Steyer said during his first comments of the night, a clear planned applause line. After an awkward pause, the audience politely clapped.