The Democrats second debate on Thursday night offered a popcorn bag of mixed answers, hard political hits and multiple opinions.
Here are a few of America’s media headlines:
Associated Press: “Dems dispute party’s future, assail Trump”
Los Angeles Times: “Biden on defensive in debate”
Wall Street Journal: “Democratic debates sorted the field, but did they persuade voters? … The debates also helped identify the main issue dividing the Democratic Party’s two camps: health care”
Washington Post: “Democratic rivals attack Biden, with Harris leading the way on race issues”
New York Times: “Who won the Democratic debate, Night 2? Experts weigh in”
The Thursday night debate spotlighted 10 more presidential candidates standing from left to right: Marianne Williamson, John Hickenlooper, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet and Eric Swalwell.
President Donald Trump, in Japan on Thursday, attending the Group of 20 conference, was targeted by negative remarks from some of the Dem candidates.
Sanders said, “The last poll had us 10 points ahead of Donald Trump. The American people understand Trump is a phony. Trump is a pathological liar and a racist … That’s how we beat Trump. We expose him for the fraud that he is.”
“He’s torn apart the moral fabric of this country,” said Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY) said.
Author Williamson accused the Trump administration of kidnapping migrant children, a reference to the president’s family-separation policy.
Kamala Harris delivered what has been characterized as her breakout moment, strongly criticizing Biden for his opposition to busing for school integration and his nostalgic reminiscences about his relationships with segregationist senators early in his career. Harris’s stump speech usually includes her pledge to “prosecute the case against four more years of Donald Trump.”
Swalwell told 76-year-old Biden, “It’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans.”
Biden replied, “I’m holding onto that torch.” He then went on to talk about education.
Sen. Bennet (Colo.) attacked President Obama’s former vice president for striking a deal with Republican leaders to keep some of George W. Bush’s tax cuts.
From the start, Biden sought to keep his attention on Trump, vowing to eliminate the Republican tax overhaul that benefited the wealthiest Americans.
Biden said, “Donald Trump has put us in a horrible situation.”
Buttigieg defended his position that public college should be free for low- and middle-income students but not all Americans, which many of his opponents have advocated.
Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper warned that Sanders view of Democratic socialism could hurt the party in its struggle against Republicans.
Sen. Gillibrand butted in and continually had to be admonished during the debate.
Here are some replies when the candidates were asked “What is the first issue for your presidency?”
Swalwell: “For Parkland, for Orlando, for every community affected by gun violence — ending gun violence.”
Bennet: “Climate change.”
Gillibrand: “Passing a family bill of rights that includes a national paid leave plan.”
Harris: “Passing a middle class working families’ tax cut.”
Sanders: “I reject the premise. We need a political revolution.”
Biden: “The first thing I would do is make sure that we defeat Donald Trump.”
Buttigieg: “We’ve got to fix our democracy before it’s too late.”
Yang; “I would pass a $1,000 freedom dividend for every American adult.”
Hickenlooper: “I would do a collaborative approach to climate change.”
The Wednesday night debate provided a curtain raiser on the Dem’s campaign. But in future months, the field will be trimmed as some of the politicians are eliminated or may leave the trail.