Takeaways From the First Democratic Debate - Page 2

Julian Castro had breakout moment, analysts say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2019 1:55 AM CDT

  • Booker breakout? The New Jersey senator "struck a balance of introducing himself to a broader audience and leaning into race issues, while detailing his policies, including on guns," according to Politico. Booker not only had the most speaking time, at 10 minutes 50 seconds, Google says he saw the most search traffic during the debate. Tulsi Gabbard was second.
  • Trump's fiercest critic. Amy Klobuchar hit Trump harder and more often than any other candidate, especially on foreign policy, USA Today reports. "This president is literally, every single day, 10 minutes away from going to war, one tweet away from going to war," she said during discussion of tensions with Iran.
  • Warren in the winners' column. The Washington Post lists Elizabeth Warren, the highest-polling candidate onstage, among the night's winners, saying she "used her platform to do what she has done to great effect on the campaign trail: talk about her bold, liberal policy ideas." Bill de Blasio, meanwhile, "made perhaps the most far-reaching case for government activism outside of Warren—exactly as he wanted." The Hill also considers the "forceful, succinct, and substantive" Warren to be the winner. Warren and de Blasio were the only candidates who said they supported fully replacing private health insurance with a "Medicare for all" system.

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