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9 Candidates Have Now Qualified for Next Debates

Andrew Yang is the latest; Biden has big lead in latest poll

(Newser) - The next Democratic debates are shaping up to have fewer candidates than the first pair, which had 20 apiece. On Thursday, entrepreneur Andrew Yang became the ninth candidate to qualify by reaching 2% in a new Monmouth University poll, reports Politico . The other eight already in the mix: Joe Biden,... More »

Biden 'Cleared Low Bar' in Democratic Debate

Not a great night for Kamala Harris

(Newser) - Joe Biden faced attacks from all sides in the second Democratic debate in Detroit—but the front-runner seemed more prepared and readier to hit back than he did in June, analysts say. Biden, criticized by some of the other nine candidates onstage on issues including health care, climate change, race,... More »

Biden to Harris: 'Go Easy on Me, Kid'

Ex-VP targeted on night 2 of Dem debates

(Newser) - As the front-runner, Joe Biden knew he would be a target in the second night of Democratic debates in Detroit—and he tried to joke about it with Sen. Kamala Harris during introductions. "Go easy on me, kid," he quipped to the 54-year-old in a remark critics saw... More »

Marianne Williamson's Words on Reparations Made Waves

Her argument was hailed as 'powerful'

(Newser) - In Tuesday night's Democratic debate, Marianne Williamson was asked about her stance on reparations—and some are hailing her answer as the best that's been given. In questioning her, Don Lemon stated that Williamson has been "calling for up to $500 billion in financial assistance. What makes... More »

Top Takeaways From the Democratic Debate

Sanders, Warren had 'ceasefire'

(Newser) - Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were the two highest-polling candidates in Tuesday night's Democratic debate, the first of two 10-candidate debates in Detroit—but it was a letdown for anybody expecting a clash between the two progressives. Since they are competing for similar voters, "everyone was girding... More »

Sanders: 'I Wrote the Damn Bill'

Best lines from the Democratic debate

(Newser) - In a testy Democratic debate that pitted Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren against more moderate 2020 candidates, Sanders was widely seen as having had one of the best lines. "I do know, I wrote the damn bill," he snapped when Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan interrupted him to... More »

Health Care Splits Candidates in Democratic Debate

Sanders, Warren clash with moderates

(Newser) - The first of another round of 10-candidate Democratic debates kicked off Tuesday night with a reshuffled stack of candidates and a different set of rules . Marianne Williamson, Tim Ryan, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, John Hickenlooper, John Delaney, and Steve Bullock are debating in... More »

2nd Debate Will Have New Rules

Democratic candidates are back at it Tuesday and Wednesday nights

(Newser) - The Democratic candidates are back for their second debate, and once again the festivities will be split over two nights—10 candidates each on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Unlike the first debate on NBC, the second one on CNN will not feature raise-your-hand or yes-or-no questions, reports the AP . Candidates... More »

Some Say It Was a 'Low Blow.' Harris Calls It 'Truth'

Senator addresses criticism against her taking on Joe Biden at Democratic debate

(Newser) - In Thursday night's Democratic debate , one interaction above all caused a hush in the audience: an emotional moment between Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, when the former took the latter on for his recent doubling down on working with segregationist senators in the past, as well as his remarks... More »

Best Lines From Night 2 of Democratic Debates

'I'm going to harness love for political purposes'

(Newser) - For the second night in a row, 10 Democratic presidential candidates took to the stage in Miami, debating issues including guns, abortion, and immigration. Many pundits said Sen. Kamala Harris, who clashed with Joe Biden on racial issues, had the best night on Thursday. Some of the best lines:
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Takeaways From Round 2 of Democratic Debates

Kamala Harris 'stole the show'

(Newser) - Rep. Eric Swalwell urged Joe Biden to "pass the torch" during Thursday night's Democratic debate—but if there was anyone who took momentum from the frontrunner, it was Sen. Kamala Harris. She "stole the show" during the 10-candidate debate in Miami by challenging Biden on his record... More »

Democrats Clash on Race, Socialism in Fiery Debate

Harris challenged Biden on his record

(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,... More »

By This Measure, Cory Booker Won Debate

He talked more than any other candidate, according to 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - Jay Inslee may need to speak up more in the next debate. An interesting Washington Post breakdown of Wednesday night's go-round found that Inslee spoke the least of all 10 candidates during the two-hour debate. Cory Booker, on the other hand, spoke the most. The breakdown:
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Well, That Didn't Go Well

First Democratic debate was too much and too little: Margaret Sullivan

(Newser) - President Trump was on to something when he tweeted Wednesday about the unprofessionalism of the first Democratic candidates' debate . "As a 'not ready for prime time' moment, this one ranked right up there," media columnist Margaret Sullivan begins at the Washington Post . At the start of hour... More »

The Best Lines From the Democratic Debate

'When people come to this country, they do not leave their human rights at the border'

(Newser) - Ten Democratic candidates jostled for attention in Miami Wednesday night in the first of two debates, clashing on issues including abortion, the border, and health care. The Guardian reports that Cory Booker had the most speaking time, with almost 11 minutes, followed closely by Beto O'Rourke and Elizabeth Warren,... More »

Takeaways From the First Democratic Debate

Julian Castro had breakout moment, analysts say

(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... More »

Democrats Clash on Health Care, Immigration

10 candidates take stage in first night of debates

(Newser) - The first of two 10-candidate Democratic debates kicked off in Miami at 9pm Eastern Wednesday—and Elizabeth Warren got off to a strong start. The Washington Post reports that the senator was able to go straight to her stump speech when she got the first question of the night, about... More »

'A 10-Person Debate Is a Mess'

20 Democratic candidates have been split over 2 nights, starting tonight

(Newser) - With 20 candidates vying for attention—a number more suited to wrestling's Royal Rumble than a traditional debate—Democrats have split the field into two groups for debates in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Republicans who took part in their party's 10 and 11-person 2016 debates, however,... More »

Democrats Pick their Top 20 to Participate in First Debates

Bullock and Moulton don't make the cut

(Newser) - The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that 20 candidates have qualified for the party's first presidential debates later this month. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts were the only major candidates out of the two dozen Democratic hopefuls who failed to meet the polling or... More »

NBC Announces 5 Moderators for First Debate

Dems' debate will air on NBC stations across the country, 'a rarity'

(Newser) - The first Democratic presidential debate is a little more than two weeks away, and the moderators have been announced: Rachel Maddow, Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, and Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo. The debate, which will take place in two parts on June 26 and 27 in Miami, will air... More »

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