Twenty U.S. presidential candidates took centre stage at round two of the Democratic primary debate. Over the next two nights, candidates will face-off to present their views on key issues facing their country and also emerge as the viable candidate to take on President Donald Trump in the race for the White House.
- Frontrunners Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren faced fierce challenges from moderate candidates on Tuesday night in the second round of televised presidential debates.
- Former Maryland congressman John Delaney came out swinging by accusing Warren and Sanders of promising “bad policies like Medicare for All, free everything and impossible promises that will turn off independent voters and get President Trump reelected.”
- The single-payer healthcare proposal championed by Sanders, known as Medicare for All, has been embraced by a number of Democratic 2020 candidates. Warren has meanwhile pushed for a wealth tax on the ultra-rich. Both senators are proponents of debt-free college tuition and breaking up big banks.
- Warren countered the Democrats cannot win the White House with “small ideas and spinelessness”.
- Wednesday’s debate will see former vice-president Joe Biden and California senator Kamala Harris split centerstage once again, following their contentious encounter in Miami over race and segregation.
- Biden, who continues to hold a commanding lead in the polls, is expected to be a top target yet again after stumbling through his confrontation with Harris in last month’s debate in Miami, Florida.