DETROIT, Mich (WLNS/MLive/AP/CNN) — The latest on the second round of Democratic presidential primary debates in Detroit.
Tonight’s debate comes 24 hours after another set of 10 Democrats debated, fiercely at times, over the direction of their party.
Refresh this page throughout the Democratic debate for live updates and stay tuned after for post-debate analysis by WLNS Political Correspondent Tim Skubick.
UPDATE (10:31 p.m.): The candidates deliver final statements.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio: “If we’re going to beat Donald Trump, this has to be a party that stands for something. The party of labor unions. This has to be the party of universal health care. This has to be the party that’s not afraid to say out loud we’re going to tax the hell out of the wealthy. And when we do that, Donald Trump right on cue will call us socialists. Here’s what I’ll say to him: ‘Donald, you’re the real socialist.'”
Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet: “I think that we have an incredible opportunity in front of us. All of us. To come together just as our parents and grandparents did before them, and face challenges even harder than the ones we face. But the only way that we’re going to be able to do it is to put the divisive politics of Donald Trump behind us.”
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee: “We have one last chance. When you have one chance in life, you take it. Think about this. Literally the survival of humanity on this planet in civilization is in the hands of the next president. And we have to have a leader who will do what is necessary to save us. That includes making this the top priority of the next presidency.”
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: “I’m running for president because I want to help people. And I actually have the experience and the ability to do that. I brought Congress together and actually made a difference in peoples lives.”
Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: “The needs are great as your president I will put your interest above all else.”
Former Secretary Julián Castro: “I believe that we need leadership that understands that we need to move forward as one nation. With one destiny. And our destiny in the years to come is to be the smartest, the healthiest, the fairest and the most prosperous nation on Earth.”
Businessman Andrew Yang: “You know what the talking heads couldn’t stop talking about about after the last debate? It’s not the fact that I am somehow No. four on the stage in national polling. It was the fact that I wasn’t wearing a tie. Instead of automation in the future, including the fact we automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs. Hundreds of thousands right here in Michigan. We’re up here with makeup on our faces and our rehearsed attack lines. Playing roles in this reality TV show. It’s one reason why we elected a reality TV star as our president.”
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker: “We have a real crisis in our country, and the crisis is Donald Trump — but not only Donald Trump, I have a frustration that sometimes people are saying the only thing they want is to beat Donald Trump. Well, that is the floor and not the ceiling.”
California Sen. Kamala Harris: “What we need is someone who is going to be on that debate stage with Donald Trump and defeat him by being able to prosecute the case against four more years. And let me tell you we’ve got a long rap sheet.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden: Everybody knows who Donald Trump is. We have to let him know who we are. We choose science over fiction. We choose hope over fear. We choose unity over division. And we choose, we choose the idea that we can as Americans, when we act together, do anything.”
UPDATE (10:30 p.m.): California Sen. Kamala Harris says President Donald Trump “needs to be held accountable” for what she sees as 10 prosecutable offenses in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Harris spoke Wednesday during an impeachment discussion at the Detroit debate. On the trail, the former prosecutor regularly talks about the need to “prosecute the case” against Trump.
Former Housing Secretary Julian Castro says the “evidence is plain and clear.” New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is calling on lawmakers to “begin impeachment proceedings immediately.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is issuing a cautionary note, saying he supports impeachment but elected officials shouldn’t get so wrapped up in the debate they neglect the “people’s business.”
UPDATE (10:30 p.m.): Former Vice President Joe Biden was forced to to defend his changing position on a measure that blocks federal funds from being used for most abortions.
During a conversation about women’s rights, California Sen. Kamala Harris brought up Biden’s recent decision drop his support for the Hyde Amendment.
UPDATE (10:25 p.m.): New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is blasting former Vice President Joe Biden for once opposing a decades-old tax credit for working mothers and fathers.
Gillibrand is suggesting that meant that Biden opposed women working outside the home.
Biden responds, “That was a long time ago.” He says he now supports an $8,000 tax credit for working families.
Gillibrand kept pressing, prompting Biden to note that she had previously traveled with him to promote his work supporting equal pay for women.
Biden adds of Gillibrand’s seeming change of heart, “I don’t know what’s happening except that you’re now running for president.”
Gillibrand says, “I respect you deeply.” But she is asking if Biden believed there was a problem with women working outside the home. Biden says, “I never believed it.”
UPDATE (10:15 p.m.): Former Vice President Joe Biden is distancing himself from a trade deal that was a centerpiece of the Obama administration.
Biden said on the debate stage in Detroit on Wednesday that he would “renegotiate” the Trans-Pacific Partnership but not simply rejoin the pact “as it was initially put forward.”
President Donald Trump pulled out of the Obama-era deal two years ago.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is noting that then-Sen. Biden supported the original NAFTA trade deal, and challenged Biden on a new Trump proposal he termed “NAFTA 2.0.”
That led to a back-and-forth with Biden, whom de Blasio has previously called out of touch.
“We believe in redemption in this party,” de Blasio said.
Biden replied, “Well, I hope you’re part of it.”
Tulsi Gabbard, who has opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, said she’d ensure that the US remains competitive against China by “pushing for fair trade.”
UPDATE (9:50 p.m.): Candidates talked about winning over independent voters in Michigan. Candidates touched on the Flint water crisis, and Biden said he’d spent two years here and seen big improvements.
“I expect that’s why the mayor of Detroit endorsed me,” Biden said.
Booker pointed out that a higher African American turnout would have made Michigan Democratic in 2016.
The Democratic presidential candidates are being asked about water crisis in Flint, Michigan, about 70 miles from where the Detroit debate is occurring.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is being asked about children living in his city’s public housing who tested positive for elevated levels of lead in their bloodstream. Flint residents had similar problems, caused by lead in their drinking water.
De Blasio says the problem is decades old but declining, and he is vowing to eradicate it.
Former Obama administration housing secretary Julián Castro says he’d spend $50 billion to combat lead as a public health threat.
Flint’s water crisis was a major issue in Michigan during the 2016 election, when Donald Trump won the state.
UPDATE (10:05 p.m.): Democratic presidential candidates have plenty of theories about why President Donald Trump won the Midwest and how they can take it away from him in 2020.
Joe Biden is reminding a Detroit debate audience that he helped implement bills during the Great Recession that helped bail out General Motors.
Sen. Cory Booker says Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were lost because of Russian meddling and Republican suppression of black votes, and Booker says he’d prioritize nonwhite voters to flip those states.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand notes her electoral success in upstate New York to prove she can reach swing voters.
Andrew Yang says winning requires making a case to Midwesterners that the growing economy “has left them behind.”
UPDATE (9:40 p.m.): Vice President Joe Biden said he would end subsidies for fossil fuels and “engage the world” on the issue. Asked by moderator of there was any place for fossil fuels in his administration, he said, “No, we would work it out.”
He was challenged by Inslee, who framed the matter as urgent.
“The time us up, our house is on fire. We need to stop using coal in 10 years,” said Inslee.
Candidates also discussed their support or lack of support for the Green New Deal.
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says engaging with climate change will be her top priority if elected president — but the first thing she’ll do if elected is “Clorox the Oval office.”
Democratic presidential candidates are largely agreeing on the overall goal of addressing climate change but differing in degrees of urgency.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says former Vice President Joe Biden’s climate plan doesn’t move the nation fast enough off of fossil fuels. Inslee says “middle-ground solutions like the vice president has proposed … are not going to save us. Too little, too late is too dangerous.”
Biden says he is committed to re-engaging the international community on combating climate change and re-joining the Paris Climate Accord.
UPDATE (9:30 p.m.): Sen. Kamala Harris has been a vocal critic of former Vice President Joe Biden’s position on busing in the 1970s, but Biden says the two actually share the same opinions on the issue.
“Had those segregationists had their way, I would not be a member of the United States senate, Cory booker would not be a member of the United States senate and president Obama would not have been in a position to nominate him to the place he holds,” Harris said.
UPDATE (9:00 p.m.): The Democratic candidates are now debating decriminalizing crossing the border.
Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet said his mother was an immigrant and she was separated from her parents during the Holocaust in Poland.
Former Housing and Urban Development secretary Julián Castro said he wants to decriminalize illegal immigration.
He said during the debate Wednesday that the only way to “be smarter, more effective and more humane when it comes to immigration policy” is to repeal part of the Immigration Nationality Act.
Julián Castro criticized Joe Biden’s position on border crossings.
After Biden said that illegally crossing the border should remain a crime, Castro responded with, “it looks like one of us has learned from the lessons of the past and one of us hasn’t.”
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, in discussing his stance on immigration, blasted President Trump, calling him a “white nationalist.”
UPDATE (8:56 p.m.): Protesters interrupt Former Vice President Joe Biden.
Two women from each side of the hall shouted “3 million deportations”
UPDATE (8:50 p.m.): New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker just praised the protesters who briefly interrupted tonight’s debate.
“To the folks who were standing up to Mayor de Blasio a few minutes ago—good for you. That’s how change is made. #DemDebate,” Booker said in a tweet sent while he was on stage at the debate.
Booker is referring to a group of protesters who interrupted his and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s opening remarks.
The protesters were yelling “Fire Pantaleo” — a reference to New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who is accused of fatally choking Eric Garner. The Justice Department declined to file charges against the officer.
UPDATE (8:40 p.m.): Former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris are clashing over their dueling health care plans during the opening moments of the Democratic presidential debate in Detroit.
Harris says her proposal would extend health insurance to all Americans, while Biden’s would “leave out” almost 10 million.
Biden says her plan is too expensive and would cause many people to lose their current, employer-based health insurance. He says Harris isn’t being straight about that, adding, “You can’t beat President Trump with double-talk.”
Harris says Biden is “simply inaccurate.”
Bennet is charging that the plan would mean a tax increase for the middle class and outlaw private insurance, and tells Harris that “we need to be honest about what’s in this plan.”
Harris is accusing Bennet of using “Republican talking points” and is defending her plan by insisting it doesn’t make anything illegal, but rather “separates the employer from health care.”
Biden is mocking California Sen. Kamala Harris and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for downplaying the taxpayer costs of their proposals for single-payer government insurance.
Biden says he doesn’t “know what kind of math you do in New York” or “in California” as he points to estimates that single-payer insurance could cost about $30 trillion over 10 years.
Harris is responding by noting private insurers’ billions of dollars in profits.
UPDATE (8:30 p.m.): New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is going after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for not promising enough change to the country’s structure.
President Donald Trump is also the target of opening statements at the second night of the Detroit debates.
Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet says Trump “frankly doesn’t give a damn about your kids or mine.”
Harris is repeating her pledge to “prosecute the case” against Trump, while Biden is sticking to his promise to “restore the soul of this country” after four years of Trump.
UPDATE (8:25 p.m.): Candidates spar over their plans for health care.
Sen. Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden began this debate by sparring over health care.
Harris, whose campaign released a health care plan this week, backs a version of “Medicare for All.”
Biden, on the other hand, criticized that plan and said, “Obamacare is working.”
The candidates continue to discuss health care for the majority of the beginning of the debate.
UPDATE (8:23 p.m.): Protestors shouted during U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s opening statement. The Senator from New Jersey paused during the interruption and continued after the disruption ended.
Protesters also interrupted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s opening remarks tonight.
The protesters shouted, “Fire Pantaleo,” a reference to New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who is accused of fatally choking Eric Garner.
UPDATE (8:15 p.m.): Each candidate begins with opening statement.
UPDATE (8:13 p.m.): The rules of the debate allow each candidate to have 60 seconds to respond to a moderator-directed question. Candidates receive 30 seconds for responses and rebuttals. A candidate attacked by name during the debate will have 30 seconds to respond as well as 15 seconds if asked to clarify an answer. Any candidate who consistently interrupts will have his or her time reduced.
UPDATE (8:12 p.m.): Former Vice President Joe Biden was the first person to take the stage tonight. As he greeted the second candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris, he asked for a favor.
“Go easy on me, kid,” he told her as they shook hands.
Harris stole the show in the first debate when she went after Biden over his early-career opposition to federally mandated busing.
UPDATE (8:05 p.m.): Night two of Democrats’ second set of presidential primary debates is underway in Detroit, with Joe Biden flanked by Kamala Harris and Cory Booker.
UPDATE (7:55 p.m.): Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is again complaining about what she describes as lopsided allocation of time among candidates at the Democratic presidential debates.
In a tweet apparently composed by her sister, Gabbard on Wednesday tweeted that, if the second debate night in Detroit “is as biased/unfair as last night,” then the Democratic National Committee “needs to reconsider CNN hosting future debates.”
The tweet from Gabbard says questions were “very biased and lopsided in favor of certain candidates” and says the network “should not be picking winners and losers.”
It’s the second time Gabbard has gone after a host network for alleged unfairness. Following the previous round of debates, Gabbard’s sister wrote from the congresswoman’s Twitter account that “it’s clear who MSNBC wants to be president: Elizabeth Warren.”
UPDATE (7:31 p.m.): Michigan’s Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist received a standing ovation from the crowd inside for tonight’s Democratic debate at the Fox Theatre.
Gilchrist highlighted the state’s first governor, attorney general and secretary of state all being held by women as well as the first openly gay attorney general and the first black lieutenant governor in the history of the state of Michigan.
UPDATE (7:00 p.m.): 10 candidates take the stage tonight including:
-Former Vice President Joe Biden
-Former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro
-U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California
-U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado
-U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
-U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii
-U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
-New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
-Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
-Businessman Andrew Yang
The candidates take the stage tonight at 8 p.m.
UPDATE (4:06 p.m.): President Trump tweeted about yesterday’s debate,