By Juana Summers and Nicholas Riccardi | The Associated Press
MIAMI — Democrats hoping that Wednesday night’s first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign would be clarifying probably came away disappointed.
A FEW STRONG MOMENTS
Several candidates, especially Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, had strong moments, but there were few instances that either clearly elevated or diminished them significantly.
The sniping was mostly modulated, and the debate was notable for who was not attacked: namely, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is leading in nearly all early polls and is set to be part of the second night of debate Thursday.
The 10 Democrats in the first debate instead focused largely on issues of cultural and economic fairness, with some sharp disagreements. Criticism of President Donald Trump came late, with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee calling him the greatest threat to American security.
Warren wasn’t the subject of direct criticism, even when she stood out as being one of only two candidates who said she’d abolish private health insurance.
The debate kicked off with moderator Savannah Guthrie asking Warren if her many ambitious plans — free college, universal child care and health care — would hurt a booming economy.
“Who is this economy really working for?” Warren replied. “It’s doing great for a thinner and thinner slice at the top.”
It was soft toss of a question to Warren, and her response was echoed by other Democrats.
“Donald Trump just sits in the White House and gloats about what’s going on, when you have so many people that are having trouble affording college and having trouble affording their premiums,” said Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a moderate who declined to swipe at Warren’s ambitious plans.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas slammed Trump’s tax cut as part of “an economy that is rigged to corporations and to the very wealthiest.”
And Rep. Tim Ryan, …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Politics