I didn’t get a chance to see the whole debate…
I had something to do with overseeing Census workers sign-ups….
Here’s a look from Politico ….
Low-polling candidates who need a big night to sustain their struggling campaigns wasted little time going after the top candidates on Tuesday night’s debate stage.
Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper opened the debate attacking Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren for their liberal policies, setting the stage for a spirited debate over health care.
Here’s a look at the key moments of the two-hour debate on CNN:
Sanders to Delaney: ‘You’re wrong’ on Medicare for All
Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney used his opening statement to bash Sanders’ and Warren’s progressive policies, branding them as a surefire way to cost Democrats the general election in 2020.
“Folks, we have a choice,” Delaney said. “We can go down the road that Sen. Sanders and Sen. Warren wanna take us with bad policies like Medicare for All, free everything and impossible promises that’ll turn off independent voters and get Trump reelected.” He went on: “Or we can nominate someone with new ideas to create universal health care for every American, with choice.”
Given a chance to respond, Sanders said to Delaney, “You’re wrong.” Sanders said he believes health care is a right, not a privilege, that he will fight for.
“I’m right about this,” Delaney shot back, advocating for a universal health care system that gives everyone basic coverage for free but doesn’t take away private health insurance.
Warren added that Democrats aren’t trying to take away health care from Americans. “That’s what the Republicans are trying to do,” she said. “And we should stop using Republican talking points in order to talk with each other about how to best provide that health care.”
Dems battle over border policy
Warren and Sanders defended their positions on decriminalizing illegal border crossings. Warren said the current criminalization statute gives President Donald Trump the authority to separate children from their parents and detain people at the border.
“We need to continue to have border security, and we can do that. But what we can’t do is not live our values,” she said. “The point is not about criminalization. That has given Donald Trump the tool to break families apart.”
Sanders insisted that as president he would end Trump’s “demonization.”
“If a mother and a child walk thousands of miles on a dangerous path, in my view, they are not criminals,” he said. “They are people fleeing violence.”
He added that as president he would convene the entire hemisphere to discuss why people are willing to walk thousands of miles into the U.S. to flee their home countries.
Progressives versus moderates
The liberal and moderate candidates sparred over electability, arguing over which mold of candidate has the best chance of defeating Trump in November.
- Sanders: “Well, the truth is that every credible poll that I have seen has me beating Donald Trump, including the battleground states of Michigan, where I won the Democratic primary, Wisconsin, where I won the Demoratic primary, and Pennsylvania.”
- Hickenlooper: “I think if we’re gonna force Americans to make these radical changes, they’re not gonna go along. Throw your hands up! … You can’t just spring a plan on the world and expect it to succeed.”
- Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan: “I would just say Hillary Clinton was winning in the polls, too. To take a snapshot of the polls today and apply it 16 months from now, whenever it is, I don’t think is accurate.”
- Warren: “There is a lot at stake, and people are scared. But we can’t choose a candidate we don’t believe in just because we’re too scared to do anything else. … I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we can’t do and shouldn’t fight for.”
Democrats respond to Trump on race
Democrats were asked to respond to Trump’s repeated attacks on minority lawmakers and community leaders, including a House committee chairman and four progressive congresswomen.
The last parts of the debate I saw had Warren and Buttigieg sounding good…
The moderator’s did NOT let the contestants talk past their time, which I think is partly wrong…
The debate isn’t completely over I may add to this post….