1. SOUNDBITE (English) Hunter Woodall, AP Political Reporter:
"Tuesday night was the first night of the Democratic debates here in Detroit. A second round of debates in this point 2020 primary cycle for the Democrats. Ten candidates on stage the two frontrunners in the race on the stage tonight were Senator Bernie Sanders Senator Elizabeth Warren and then a smattering of candidates in the lower points here of this race so far."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Hunter Woodall, AP Political Reporter:
"Health care was a major focus of tonight took a lot of oxygen in the debate. Medicare for All which has galvanized voters in the base of the Democratic Party was a major topic and you saw quite a clash between the folks who support Medicare for all. Senator Sanders and Senator Warren you know facing off with folks like former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper former Congressman John Delaney and others who are not not on board as much with this proposal and a very critical of this.
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Hunter Woodall, AP Political Reporter:
"Senator Sanders it was a signature moment. I believe the quote was I wrote the damn bill was this quote on Medicare for all./So when do you get the sense like that is kind of a definitive Bernie Sanders moment of like I know this issue I own this issue and I I my campaign will live and die on issues like this like Medicare for all."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Hunter Woodall, AP Political Reporter:
"Immigration obviously gets attention especially after what you will even see on the border in recent weeks But also we had Donald Trump himself be a major focus of tonight with some of the some of the Democrats in the race referring you know is this primary Republicans you know how are Republicans going to view this. Are you giving away this election to Trump by doing this leftward tilt on issues like health care on immigration."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Hunter Woodall, AP Political Reporter:
Some of these lower tier candidates like Congressman Tim Ryan and others this was that kind of moment you have to shine you have to try and make a make an impression. Folks like Steve Bullock, the governor of Montana. His first debate. Will there be a kind of rise in his popularity? Too early to tell obviously given tonight. But that can be the key thing to look for in the days to come."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Hunter Woodall, AP Political Reporter:
"With the Wednesday night debates you have a very high profile list of candidates. You have former Vice President Joe Biden you have Senator Kamala Harris who Senator Cory Booker, former HUD secretary Julian Castro. This is a much more diverse panel than obviously what we saw in the debates Tuesday night. And you expect obviously health care to be a major issue once again, though obviously with President Donald Trump's comments about Baltimore and representative Elijah Cummings, you expect race to be another prominent issue that comes up on Wednesday, especially the much more diverse panel of candidates."
The signature domestic proposal by the leading progressive candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination came under withering attack from moderates Tuesday in a debate that laid bare the struggle between a call for revolutionary policies and a desperate desire to defeat President Donald Trump.
Standing side by side at center stage, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren slapped back against their more cautious rivals who ridiculed "Medicare for All" and warned that "wish-list economics" would jeopardize Democrats' chances for taking the White House in 2020.
A full six months before the first votes are cast, the tug-of-war over the future of the party pits pragmatism against ideological purity as voters navigate a crowded Democratic field divided by age, race, sex and ideology. The fight with the political left was the dominant subplot on the first night of the second round of Democratic debates, which was notable as much for its tension as its substance.
Twenty candidates are spread evenly over two nights of debates Tuesday and Wednesday. The second night features early front-runner Joe Biden, the former vice president, as well as Kamala Harris, a California senator.
While much of the debate was dominated by attacks on the preferred liberal health care policy, the issue of race emerged in the second hour. The candidates, all of whom are white, were unified in turning their anger toward Trump for using race as a central theme in his reelection campaign. Sanders called Trump a racist, while others said the president's rhetoric revived memories of the worst in the country's history, including slavery.
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