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Politics Democratic debate live updates: Biden and Sanders face off amid escalating coronavirus pandemic

23:50  15 march  2020
23:50  15 march  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Democratic primaries in the United States: first debate between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders

 Democratic primaries in the United States: first debate between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders © REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst The candidates for the American democratic nomination Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, during the tenth debate in Charleston, South Carolina, on 25 February 2020. In the United States, the first face-to-face debate in the Democratic nomination contest will take place on March 15 between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. It will be held without an audience as a precaution against the coronavirus.

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former vice president Joe Biden take part in a one-on-one Democratic presidential debate in Washington, D.C., Sunday night, ahead of Tuesday’s The debate , which was set to be held in Phoenix, was relocated due to the coronavirus and won’t have a live audience.

For both Biden and Sanders , the debate is a moment to display their leadership skills in front of what could be one of the largest audiences of the primary. For Biden , the outbreak of a global pandemic has been a moment to bolster the central argument of his candidacy: that his eight years as vice

Former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will face off tonight in a one-on-one debate, the first of the Democratic primary.

Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden are posing for a picture: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former vice president Joe Biden, talk before the Democratic debate in Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 25. © Matt Rourke/AP Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former vice president Joe Biden, talk before the Democratic debate in Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 25.

The debate comes as the country grapples with an escalating coronavirus pandemic. Both Sanders and Biden have significantly scaled back their campaign events in recent days in response to the novel virus, cancelling mass gatherings in favor of online events.

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Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders meet on Sunday for the first one-on-one debate of the Democratic presidential primary campaign, now overshadowed by the spread of the new coronavirus . Both men have cancelled rallies and two state contests have been postponed in the wake of the outbreak, which

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Those decisions come as states consider whether to hold votes at all. Already, Louisiana and Georgia have announced that they will postpone their primaries.

But the four states scheduled to hold primaries Tuesday — Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio — announced last week that their contests would proceed as planned. They pointed to guidance from public health officials, who have declared voting safe if best practices are followed.

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5:24 PM: Biden holds big lead in new poll

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A new poll of Democratic primary voters conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News shows a significant consolidation of support behind Biden, emphasizing Sanders’s inability to broaden his support the way Biden has over the last few weeks.

Among those Democrats who have voted or plan to vote, 61 percent say Biden is their preferred nominee as opposed to 32 percent who prefer Sanders. In a poll conducted in mid-February, just 15 percent of voters identified Biden as their preferred choice.

Biden’s swift transformation into consensus front-runner followed a decisive win in South Carolina, at which point multiple candidates who had been splitting the loyalties of the electorate dropped out and endorsed the former vice president.

But even after fellow liberal-leaning Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) dropped out of the race last week, Sanders’s support jumped just five points – to 32 percent – in a much smaller field. And the poll showed reason to believe it won’t grow much further: In the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted a month ago, 37 percent of Democratic primary voters said they had decided on a candidate. In this poll, 80 percent said their minds were made up.

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The poll also underscored Biden’s support with one of the most crucial groups within the Democratic Party, black voters, who said they prefer him to Sanders 77 percent to 18 percent.

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5:22 PM: Biden unveils plan to make college free for families who make less than $125,000 a year

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus on March 12, in Wilmington, Del. © Matt Rourke/AP Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus on March 12, in Wilmington, Del.

On Sunday, Joe Biden unveiled a proposal to make public college free for families who make less than $125,000 a year, part of his campaign’s broader effort to court younger and more liberal voters. Biden has also said he wants to invest $70 billion in historically black colleges and minority-serving institutions.

Free college tuition has been a staple of Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg.

On Friday, Biden also adopted Warren’s bankruptcy plan which, would make it easier for people to go through the bankruptcy process and would allow student loan debt to be discharged just like any other debt.

“Vice President Biden is and, as president, will be open to the best ideas … regardless, quite frankly, of where they come from,” a Biden adviser said.

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Democratic primary debate: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders meet for first one-on-one debate as nation faces coronavirus crisis .
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders meet for their first one-on-one debate on Sunday at an extraordinary time in a nation where nerves are running high as Americans hunker down at home in an effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The CNN debate, which was initially scheduled to take place in Arizona, will be held at 8 p.m. ET in the network's bureau in Washington, D.C. with no audience.

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