Highlights From The First Night Of The Second Round Of Democratic Debates

The Federalist | 7/31/2019 | Tristan Justice
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Ten of the 25 candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination took to the stage of the historic Fox Theatre in Detroit Tuesday night in a prime-time event that largely focused on policy.

In the more than two-and-a-half-hour event hosted by CNN and moderated by the network’s Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, and Don Lemon, candidates debated a wide range of topics that included health care, immigration, student debt, the economy, and foreign policy.

Highlights

Here are the highlights.

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) stood together and held their ground against attacks from the moderate candidates on stage who labeled the progressive senators’ proposals unrealistic and impractical.

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Former U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) laid into the two senators right off the bat, calling out each senator by name in his opening statement and criticizing “Medicare-for-All” and the Green New Deal as “bad policy.”

“Folks, we have a choice,” Delaney said in his first comments of the night. “We can go down the road that Senator Sanders and Senator Warren want to take us, with bad policies like Medicare for all, free everything, and impossible promises that will turn off independent voters and get Trump reelected.”

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Sanders and Warren immediately responded in a back-and-forth that set the tone of the evening as a policy-focused event showcasing the ideological divisions across the candidates.

“You’re wrong,” Sanders said to Delaney when asked by Tapper to respond to Delaney’s criticism about Medicare for All as an unworkable and unwinnable proposal for Democrats. “Five minutes away from here, John, is a country called Canada. They guarantee health care to every man, woman and child as a human right. They spend half of what we spend and, by the way, when you end up in a hospital in Canada, you come out with no bill at all.”

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