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Democrats Clash on Race, Socialism in Fiery Debate

Harris challenged Biden on his record
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2019 8:44 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidates wave as they enter the stage for the second night of the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday,...   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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(Newser) – Ten more Democrats vying to take on President Trump clashed in a debate in Miami Thursday night that featured more fiery moments than Wednesday's 10-candidate debate. The second night of Democratic debates included frontrunner Joe Biden and fellow high-polling candidates Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Pete Buttigieg. Andrew Yang, Kirsten Gillibrand, Marianne Williamson, John Hickenlooper, Eric Swalwell, and Michael Bennett were also onstage, looking for a chance to raise their profiles. More:

  • Sanders acknowledged that his plan to expand government services would result in tax hikes for the middle class, but he said people would still be better off, the Washington Post reports. "Yes, they will pay more in taxes but less in health care," he said.
  • Biden got an early shot in at Trump, the Hill reports. Less than five minutes in, the former vice president said: "Donald Trump thinks Wall Street built America. Ordinary middle-class Americans built America."
  • Hickenlooper clashed with Sanders on socialism, arguing that the label could doom Democrats to defeat. "The bottom line is, if we don’t clearly define that we are not socialists, the Republicans are going to come at us every way they can and call us socialists," he said.

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