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Five Takeaways from Debate 2 Night 1

By No Labels
July 31, 2019 | Blog

The second round of Democratic debates happened on July 30, 2019. Here are the five big takeaways from the debate.


One of the most contentious topics of the debate was health care policy. Senators Warren and Sanders continued to push their Medicare for All proposals while many others on the stage forcefully rebuked the idea – both in terms of politics and policy – and suggested other paths to achieving the goal of universal health care. 


Throughout the night, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders clashed with their “moderate” counterparts. Moderate candidates, like Governor Steve Bullock and Representative John Delany, called the policies of Warren and Sanders “wish list” economics and “bad policy.” Senator Warren and Sanders fiercely defended their policies. “I don’t understand why anybody goes to the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for,” Senator Warren said in a memorable exchange. 


The topic of reparations for African Americans came up. Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke said reparations were the only way for the economic gap between African Americans and other American citizens to be overcome. Likewise, candidate Marianne Williamson said she would provide $200 billion to $500 billion in reparations if elected. Sen. Bernie Sanders was also in favor of reparations, and no other candidates commented.


President Trump and his polices were discussed at length in the debate. All the candidates criticized the president, especially his recent controversy involving the city of Baltimore and Representative Elijah Cummings. However, the candidates disagreed with one another when asked which one of them was best equipped to defeat the president in the 2020 election. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said some candidates were “playing into Donald Trump’s hands” by taking what he thought were radical and unpopular policies.   


Immigration was also a policy that was passionately debated last night. Some candidates, like Senator Warren and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, want to decriminalize border crossings. Other candidates argue that decriminalizing border crossings would encourage more migrants to cross the border into the United States and that the U.S. has a responsibility to secure its borders. However, all candidates came out against President Trump’s immigration policy, which they say caused thousands of migrant children to be separated from their parents.      

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