First Half of Democratic Candidates Debate in Detroit
“It’s time to stop worrying about what the Republicans will say. It’s true that if we embrace a far left agenda, they’ll say we’re crazy socialists. If we embrace a conservative agenda you know what they’ll say? That we’re a bunch of crazy socialists. So let’s just stand up for the right policy,” said Mayor Pete Buttigieg, South Bend Indiana.
The debate for the direction of the Democratic Party was on full display Tuesday night on a Detroit stage.
Ten of the party’s presidential candidates are trying to get the chance to run against President Trump next year.
Tuesday night was part of one of the debate.
It was Marianne Williamson, Tim Ryan, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, John Hickenlooper, John Delaney, and Steve Bullock.
Candidates took the stage at the Fox Theatre in Detroit for the second Democratic debate of the 2020 election season. The first 10 democratic candidates fought it out for nearly three hours Tuesday night.
We were expecting to get more Michigan centric topics and questions, but for the most apart the debate was kept more broad.
We saw the polling leaders like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren holding the conversation for the majority of the time.
The night got heated when discussing the differences in immigration policy and healthcare but as they fought between each other, the candidates kept returning to their number one goal, beating President Trump in 2020.
“I can win this. I’m from the Midwest. I’ve won every race every place every time. And I will govern with integrity,” said Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar from Ohio.
“And I’m here to say this isn’t about left and right. It’s about new and better. And it’s not about reforming old systems. It’s about building new systems,” said Representative Tim Ryan from Ohio.
Before the debate, the Michigan Democratic Party polling showed the top issue on voters’ minds was healthcare.
All the candidates talked about their plans for healthcare.
The most progressive plans came from Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who advocate for a universal healthcare approach: medicare for all.
But more centrist candidates called for a healthcare system that retains private health insurance.
“The basic profit model of an insurance company is taking as much money as you can in premiums and payout as little as little as possible health care coverage that is not working for Americans. Medicare for all will fix that,” Warren said.
“Proposing a public option that will allow some form of medicare, maybe a combination of medicare and medicare advantage, but people choose it and if enough people choose it, it expands, the quality improves the costs come down, eventually in 15 years you could get there, but it would be an evolution not a revolution,” says John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado.
None of the candidates would explicitly say they would raise middle class taxes to pay for healthcare, simply saying that people would save money overall because their plans would reduce or eliminate costly premiums and prescription costs.
Wednesday night we do it all again. Ten more candidates lead by Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker take the stage at the Fox.
We will be here live Wednesday previewing that for you and Wednesday on Michigan this Morning we will have immediate reaction.