The second double-dose of 19 Democrat and one Independent presidential candidate debaters took the stage on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in Detroit, Mich.
On both evenings, the fast talking candidates expressed their personal opinions on health care, racism, the U.S. economy, tossed political grenades at each other and strongly disparaged President Donald Trump.
The Wednesday night participants included Michael Bennet, Kirsten Gillibrand, Julian Castro, Cory Booker, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee and Bill de Blasio.
Most of them fired serious taunts at President Trump for numerous sins linked to him.
Participants in the Tuesday night showcase were Marianne Williamson, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke; former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; former Maryland Rep. John Delaney and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.
In the July 24 initial round of debates, Senator Harris pummeled former vice president Biden on student busing and working with former segregationists.
When they shook hands Wednesday night, Biden quipped, “Go easy on me, kid.”
During the talkfest, Biden was snowballed by many of the other nine candidates, but showed he was better prepared the second time to defend his past decisions.
He went after Harris, claiming that San Francisco and Los Angeles have two of the most segregated school systems in the country.
Harris spent more time defending her views, including Biden’s comment that she was using double-talk on health care proposals.
Gabbard said of Harris that she owed an apology to “people who suffered under your reign as a (California) prosecutor.”
One commentator said that Booker “Did his best Barack Obama impersonation.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio shouted his warning that “We will tax the hell out of the wealthy.”
Andrew Yang was credited with the best line about being the opposite of President Trump — being Asian and liking math. Yang kept repeating his perplexing push for a $1,000-per-month giveaway to every American.
Julián Castro strengthened his political posture in Wednesday’s round, concentrating on his knowledge about immigration problems.
Kirsten Gillibrand gained a round of laughter when she said, “The first thing I am going to do when I am president is Clorox the Oval Office.”
The two rounds of the debates have provided an overload of candidate confusion. With 20 participants, it is ridiculous that there are no name displays on the podiums.
With highly restrictive time limits during the question and answer politicizing, often two or more voices add to the babble, providing confusion instead of information.
Improvements in the format should be a high priority.