Published: Fri, June 28, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Biden, Sanders go after Trump at Democratic debate

Biden, Sanders go after Trump at Democratic debate

The candidates denounced the Trump administration's immigration policies, but in different ways than those who debated the previous night. They're embracing Sanders' call for a revolution that would transform the private health care system into a government-financed one and mandate a redistribution of wealth - even as Republicans attack them as socialists.

Biden, the former vice president who is making his third White House bid, and Sanders, a USA senator who failed in his first bid in 2016, were at center stage in Thursday's debate.

At the start, Biden downplayed his establishment leanings.

"It's very clear the candidates understand the so-called Overton window on policy has shifted, and they're all tripping over themselves to get through it", said Robert Hockett, an expert in public policy at Cornell University, referring to a term about the range of ideas considered acceptable.

Thursday's showdown featured four of the five strongest candidates - according to early polls, at least.

Sanders' appeal relies on emotion, often anger.

They'll discuss who stood out and who lost ground - and how Senator Bernie Sanders fared.

It features four of the top five polling candidates in the race, including former vice president Biden, 76, and his main challenger Bernie Sanders, the 77-year-old democratic socialist United States senator whose unapologetically liberal policies like Medicare for all have pushed the Democratic Party leftward in recent years. Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., tried to butt in as the youngest candidate on the stage. Kamala Harris, who have shown support in opinion polls.

Also on Thursday night's stage was social activist Marianne Williamson.

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Additionally, six other candidates - former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, California Rep. Eric Swalwell, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Colorado Sen.

"It's personal and it was hurtful to hear you", she told Biden, noting the party needed more than "intellectual debate" about the nation's ongoing racial disparities. "Ordinary middle-class Americans built America".

Bets are also on for President Donald Trump's twitter account, including how many times he'll tweet during the debate, and how many "non-facts" the president will tweet during both debates.

Biden was next up, and said that if elected, he would eliminate the tax cut enacted by the Republican Congress and signed into law by President Trump.

Tonight seems to be a lineup of the A-listers in the Democratic primary, with Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden figuring prominently in the debate.

"This is not your parents' Democratic Party", he said.

But he walks onto the debate stage confronting some of the toughest issues in American life: race and policing.

Bernie Sanders, now 2nd to Biden in polling, has been the most commence about contrasting their recordsdata and philosophies. The party will have to decide whether it wants a candidate based on resume over aspiration.

If the indispensable-night discussion is any indication, one of the 9 candidates who share the stage with Biden on Thursday will be bigger than curious to make exhaust of portions of their time to test out to build him on the defensive.

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