US 2020 Elections Here Are the Democrats Candidates, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, and Julián Castro

Democrats struggling to distinguish themselves in a crowded field for president found their first potentially winnowing issue Wednesday night: Who really represents the progressive trend in their party – not to mention the minority, women and LGBTQ voters so critical to the Democratic base? Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke started by offering part of his first answer in Spanish. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts decried corporate malfeasance and heartily endorsed “Medicare for All.” Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro called for decriminalizing unauthorized border crossings, adding cheekily that Americans should be “pissed off” by a heartbreaking photo of a man and his baby daughter who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande. And pretty much everyone claimed to be the one candidate who would speak for the aggrieved middle class and poorer Americans given a raw deal by the 1 percent and the corporate inertness the candidates said were in concert with them. In the first of two 10-member Democratic debates this week, the candidates did not attack each other much – and didn’t even mention former Vice President Joe Biden, who is part of the second debate Thursday night. Many heavily criticized President Donald Trump but also did not make the president so despised by the Democratic base a central theme of their pitches. Instead, the candidates eagerly engaged in a policy-heavy debate, discussing guns, climate change, criminal justice reform, equal pay for women, immigration and foreign policy, including the most recent standoff with Iran. And nearly all…

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