Biden defends past work on civil rights after Harris attack

Signs for Democratic presidential candidates are seen outside prior to Rep. Jim Clyburn’s “World Famous Fish Fry

Signs for Democratic presidential candidates are seen outside prior to Rep. Jim Clyburn’s “World Famous Fish Fry

BETO O'ROURKE MEET AND GREET Presidential candidate and former Congressman Beto O'Rourke returns to Austin for a public meet and greet.

Being a front-runner often means enduring the worst of the criticism from your opponents, but Biden escaped an onslaught, at least for one night.

Early on, Klobuchar was asked if ideas like Warren's are too far-reaching or impractical, but she refrained from attacking the MA senator. There was less detailed policy discussion (probably because Warren wasn't there) and a lot of the candidates tried to coast on their prepared talking points rather than answering questions directly. She said Biden's experience working alongside Obama is a big reason she may support him in 2020: "I love that". It's this specific policy that's driving the federal practice of separating immigrant kids from their parents-a trend that all candidates denounced in the evening debate.

Harris, whose father is black and mother Indian, went on to say she was among those who was bused, the practice of transporting students to schools outside their residential districts to end racial segregation in the 1970s and 80s. It was remarkable that she and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio were the only ones to raise their hands to say they did. Jay Inslee was the climate change candidate. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota drew cheers when she noted that there were "three women up here that have fought pretty hard for a woman's right to choose". Having said that, we clearly have a rumble going on between the Texans, which we'll get to see live and in person Friday night, with Beto and Castro doing back-to-back meet-and-greets in Austin.

In many ways, the debate was fought on Warren's turf, with a focus on income inequality, busting corporate power and battling Republicans in Congress.

Attacks on Trump were sparse throughout the debate, with just a few policy critiques and zingers.

The moderators had two hours; it's nuts that they spent about 20 minutes asking how the candidates would deal with Mitch McConnell. "There are hundreds of thousands of unregistered Democrats in Florida, and if they were registered, the state would be clearly blue", the color used to designate Democratic-majority districts on U.S. election maps.

Protesters storm Bahrain's embassy over 'Peace for Prosperity' hosting
Baghdad police used live rounds to disperse the crowd but no injuries were reported. The incident, which lasted an hour, led to 25 people being detained.

Klobuchar criticized Medicare for All, the universal healthcare system that candidates like U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont have embraced. Klobuchar is still in the conversation and had a couple of good moments.

Democratic presidential candidates from left, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Sen. It was that way right from the start when the moderator asked him whether he supports a marginal tax rate of 70% on high-income earners making $10 million a year or more.

Julián Castro might be President some day, but it's highly unlikely that it will be in 2020.

While Trump is the ultimate target of many Democratic voters, the president wasn't a major feature for most of Wednesday night. Kamala Harris of California and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Harris later took aim at Trump, saying he embraces science fiction over science fact. Do the gloves come off against Biden?

Primary debates allow candidates to take their message on a test drive, and most took advantage of that opportunity on Wednesday. Will there be any surprising moments?

If the importance of Latino voters to Democrats was in question (it wasn't), the translating Wednesday night was proof that Democrats want to appeal to Latino voters.

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