The debate was NOTHING like the first….
This one was biting…
The leader in the polls WAS attacked….
Kamala Harris tried to hang segregation on Joe Biden’s back….
Joe Biden again does NOT apologise for his actions… ….
There was also more barbs thrown at Donald Trump….
Healthcare came up in different ways…..Bernie Sanders came under attack…
Joe Biden defended his time as Vice President and Immigration policy…
Here’s some read backs….
In the most dramatic moment of Thursday’s debate, Ms. Harris and Mr. Biden directly clashed over the former vice president’s record on race as Ms. Harris laced into his recent remarks about working with segregationists in the Senate, as well as his active opposition to busing in the 1970s.
“I’m going to now direct this at Vice President Biden,” Ms. Harris said. “I do not believe you are a racist. And I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground.
But, she continued, “It is personal and it was actually very hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputation and career on the segregation of race in this country.”
That was a reference to remarks Mr. Biden made at a fund-raiser last week in which he spoke fondly about what he described as a more civil time in the Senate, a time when he had working relationships even with segregationist Southern senators. Mr. Biden has since said he made those references to show that he was willing to work even with those whose views he finds abhorrent, but the remarks nevertheless rocked his campaign and angered many in his party.
The second night of the debate was the chance for candidates Sen. Michael F. Bennet (Colo.), former vice president Joe Biden, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Sen. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.), author Marianne Williamson and businessman Andrew Yang to debate one another and address the country.
See the latest on the debate from the Fact Checker here. Come back for highlights as the candidates speak.
Harris calls out Biden on race: The sharpest exchange of the debate centered on race, when Harris, the only black candidate on the stage, called out Biden for his comments at a recent fundraiser where he bragged about his relationship with segregationist senators early in his career.
“It was hurtful,” Harris said, saying she didn’t think the former vice president was racist. Then she criticized him in personal terms for his opposition to busing, saying that as a little girl in California she was part of only the second class that was integrated due to a policy of transporting black students to mostly white schools.
“On this subject, it can not be an intellectual debate among Democrats,” Harris said.
Biden seemed prepared for the attack and struck back at Harris, saying that early in his career he became a public defender. “I didn’t become a prosecutor,” Biden said, a knock on Harris, whose past as the top prosecutor in California has stirred suspicion from some black voters.
Biden tried to argue that he opposed busing on only the federal level and didn’t want Washington to dictate policy to local governments.
But Harris called him out on that argument, saying that racist state-level policies have held back African Americans for years and that it’s the role of the federal government to intervene.
Biden ticked off legislation that he’s pushed to support African Americans, but then seemed to run out of steam. “Anyway, my time is up,” he said….
For the first half of Thursday’s presidential debate, Joe Biden looked as if he would somehow be able to stand at center stage yet not be the center of the bullseye of other candidates’ attacks.
California Sen. Kamala Harris changed that, taking Biden to task for his opposition to busing and his working relationships decades ago as a U.S. senator.
The testy exchange, during which both raised their voices, highlighted a racial as well as a generational divide between the two candidates and solidified Harris as the buzziest candidate onstage. Earlier, she was the voice of reason when she quieted squabbling colleagues.
“Guys, you know what? America does not want to witness a food fight,” Harris said. “They wanna know how we’re gonna put food on their table.”
The debate hall erupted in applause.
The debate began with the top two candidates flexing their rhetorical muscle.
When asked about his comments that the wealthy would not be treated too differently under a Biden administration, the former vice president went right after his favorite target: President Trump.
“Donald Trump thinks Wall Street built America. Ordinary middle-class Americans built America,” Biden said. “My dad used to have an expression. He said, ‘Joe, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity. It’s about respect. It’s being able to look your kid in the eye and saying that everything is going to be okay.”
Sanders was asked about whether his proposals would result in higher taxes for the middle class and, after first explaining the need for Medicare For All and subsidized college debt relief, he said taxes would go up but healthcare costs would go down…..
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) spiked in Google searches in the second half of the debate shortly after her contentious back-and-forth with former Vice President Joe Biden over his record on civil rights.
Searches for Harris’s name surged by 500 percent after the one-hour mark, according to Google Trends. Searches for former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) both increased by 300 percent during the second half.
Harris and author Marianne Williamson saw the largest spikes in Google searches for their names over the second hour, at various points seeing their names surge in popularity over other top-searched candidates.
Biden and Harris’s sharp exchange was one of the most memorable moments of the night. Harris went after Biden’s record on civil rights.
Harris brought up the former vice president’s past comments touting his work with two segregationist senators, calling it “hurtful.”
“On this subject, it cannot be an intellectual debate among Democrats, we have to take it seriously, we have to act swiftly,” Harris said. She then pressed Biden over his former opposition to busing, saying that she personally benefited from busing as a black woman.
Biden hit back, saying, “I did not praise racists. It is not true, number one. Number two, if you want to have this campaign litigated on who supports civil rights and whether I did or not, I’m happy to do that. I was a public defender. I didn’t become a prosecutor.” Harris has faced some criticism over her history as a prosecutor in California….
The media had Julian Castro as last nights winner….
The media will have Kamala Harris as tonights winner…
We’ll see if the polls reflect the media’s view….
The media doesn’t vote…
Kamala Harris is trying to peal away Black voters FROM Joe Biden by pinning him to his past actions….Biden is STILL supported by most Black voters and organisations….