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PoliticsDemocratic debate: Biden ties himself close to Obama

03:55  13 september  2019
03:55  13 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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HOUSTON — Joe Biden tied himself to former President Barack Obama in the opening moments of Thursday's presidential debate , a prime-time clash that exposed divisions over the direction of Democratic Party. "I'm for Barack," Obama 's former vice president declared

Biden has tied himself closely to Obama , casually referring to his former boss as "Barack" in a bid to illustrate their closeness and benefit from his popularity. People close to Obama , who have discussed the party's changing dynamic with him, say he isn't at all bothered by the progressive shift

HOUSTON (AP) — Joe Biden tied himself to former President Barack Obama in the opening moments of Thursday's presidential debate, a prime-time clash that exposed divisions over the direction of Democratic Party.

Democratic debate: Biden ties himself close to Obama© Provided by The Associated Press From left, presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are introduced Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

"I'm for Barack," Obama's former vice president declared, highlighting his support for the Obamacare health insurance law.

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The Democratic front-runner repeatedly invoked President Barack Obama ’s name, while some of his rivals said the party needed to move well beyond the Mr. Biden was steadier in what was his third debate of the primary contest, rattling off statistics and parrying attacks with good cheer, though he

Mr. Biden , the Democratic front-runner who was participating in his first major debate in seven years, was at times halting and meandering, but also In addition to confronting Mr. Biden , she repeatedly chastised Mr. Trump, gently criticized Mr. Obama for his deportation policies and generally reminded

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One of Biden's chief rivals, Elizabeth Warren, bowed to Obama, too, but said Obamacare didn't go far enough.

"We all owe a huge debt to President Obama," Warren said of the former president's health care plan. "Now the question is how best can we improve on it."

Sen. Bernie Sanders chimed in, too, saying that his Medicare for All plan would cost less than Biden's updates to Obamacare.

The debate took place as the Democratic Party's leading candidates shared the debate stage for the first time in a prime-time showdown displaying sharply opposing notions of electability in the party's presidential nomination fight.

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Mr. Biden , 76, may position himself as Mr. Obama ’s natural heir, but he has yet to convince Democrats . Younger candidates like Pete Buttigieg and Beto “ Biden was a strong partner to Obama as vice president and, as he begins, clearly is deriving the political benefit of it within the Democratic

Biden found himself pushing back against criticism of the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act and even more pointed barbs about immigration The Obama administration unsuccessfully pursued comprehensive immigration reform and took executive action to protect undocumented children who

Biden's remarkably steady lead in the crowded contest has been built on the idea that the former vice president is best suited to defeat President Donald Trump next year — a contention based on ideology, experience and perhaps gender. Sanders and Warren, meanwhile, have repeatedly criticized Biden's measured approach, at least indirectly, by arguing that only bold action on key issues like health care, the economy and climate change can build the coalition needed to win in 2020.

Democratic debate: Biden ties himself close to Obama
Democratic debate: Biden ties himself close to Obama
Democratic debate: Biden ties himself close to Obama
Democratic debate: Biden ties himself close to Obama
Democratic debate: Biden ties himself close to Obama
Democratic debate: Biden ties himself close to Obama
Democratic debate: Biden ties himself close to Obama
Democratic debate: Biden ties himself close to Obama
Democratic debate: Biden ties himself close to Obama
Democratic debate: Biden ties himself close to Obama

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Fact-Checking the Democratic Debate

Fact-Checking the Democratic Debate Ten candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination took the stage Thursday night in Houston for the third round of debates. 

The combative debate among presidential candidates has some former Obama officials fretting that the ex-president's legacy is becoming collateral damage. President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden after his election night victory speech in Chicago on Nov.

The 2020 Democratic Party presidential debates took place among candidates in the campaign for the Democratic Party's nomination for the president of the United States in the 2020 presidential election.

The faceoff between Biden, Warren and Sanders at center stage dominated the pre-event talk, yet each of the other seven candidates hopes for a breakout moment with the attention of the nation beginning to increase less than five months before the first primary votes are cast.

Beyond Biden and Sens. Warren and Sanders, the candidates on stage Thursday night include Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Sen. Kamala Harris, New York businessman Andrew Yang, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke and former Obama administration Housing chief Julian Castro.

The ABC News debate is the first limited to one night after several candidates dropped out and others failed to meet new qualification standards. A handful more candidates qualified for next month's debate, which will again be divided over two nights.

Viewers will see the diversity of the modern Democratic Party.

The debate, held on the campus of historically black Texas Southern University, includes women, people of color and a gay man, a striking contrast to the Republicans. It will unfold in a rapidly changing state that Democrats hope to eventually bring into their column.


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