Updates on Presidential Democratic Debates


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The Democratic Party’s first presidential debates ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election were held on June 26, 2019, and June 27, 2019, in Miami, Florida. On night one of this historic event, Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Bill de Blasio, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan, and Elizabeth Warren discussed issues surrounding economy, health care, immigration, gun control, climate change, and foreign policy. Mr. Castro was the first presidential debate candidate to reference protecting the rights of transgender people. Mr. Booker followed up shortly thereafter (nytimes.com.) Elizabeth Warren joined de Blasio in being the only candidates on stage to support abolishing private health insurance. She also named climate change as the greatest threat to the United States. Mr. Castro was assertive in key moments but didn’t appear desperate, allowing him to win the nights debate with this closing line: “And on January 20, 2021, we’ll say ‘adiós’ to Donald Trump.”

On night two of the Democratic presidential debates, we heard from Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, John Hickenlooper, Bernie Sanders, Eric Swalwell, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang. They discussed plenty of relevant topics in Today’s modern society; such as immigration, health care, gun control, President Trump, climate change, economy, abortion, and foreign policy. Kamala Harris criticized Biden’s record on busing and shared she was in the second class to integrate at her public school in California. He later defended his record on civil rights and school integration, despite Harris’ statement that he had worked with segregationists to oppose busing (ballotpedia.org). Though Castro is doing well so far, it is only the beginning so there is still room for possible change.