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Takeaways From the First Democratic Debate

Julian Castro had breakout moment, analysts say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2019 1:55 AM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro speaks during a Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing...   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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(Newser) – With no fewer than 20 candidates debating over two nights, a lot of Democrats are seeking a breakout moment—and on Wednesday night, it was Julian Castro who got one, according to the New York Times, which declares him the winner of the first 10-candidate debate in Miami. The former Housing and Urban Development secretary "was assertive in key moments but didn't appear desperate," the Times says, and "took ownership" of the immigration discussion. But with big names including Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders debating Thursday, it's not clear whether Castro will receive a lasting boost. More:

  • Bad night for Beto. Beto O'Rourke needed to have a great night, but instead he got his "butt kicked" in an exchange on immigration with Castro, who accused him of not doing his homework, according to CNN analysts including Van Jones. He was the first candidate to speak Spanish during the debate—but he did so while ignoring the question he had been asked, about whether he supported a 70% tax on people who make more than $10 million.

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