DETROIT, Mich (WLNS/MLive/AP/CNN) — The latest on the second round of Democratic presidential primary debates in Detroit.
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UPDATE (10:43 p.m.): The first night of the Democrat debate in Detroit ended.
UPDATE (10:30 p.m.): Some Democratic presidential candidates aren’t eager to make age an issue in the 2020 nominating fight.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the youngest candidate in the Democratic field at age 37. But he turned a discussion of age at Tuesday’s debate into an attack on congressional Republicans for continuing to support President Donald Trump.
Bernie Sanders is the oldest candidate on the debate stage. But the 77-year-old Vermont senator says Democratic voters must look for a candidate with “vision.”
Standing next to Sanders, Buttigieg is repeating his call for a “new generation” of Democratic leaders.
Age has been a prominent issue in Democrats’ nominating fight. Sanders or former Vice President Joe Biden would be the oldest newly inaugurated president if either wins.
UPDATE (10:29 p.m.): Candidates have 60 seconds to deliver their closing statements.
Marianne Williamson, who won over the crowd with her comments on Flint, Michigan’s water crisis, is calling for “some radical truth telling.”
Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, who clashed with two of the leading progressives on stage, says Democrats must offer “real solutions, not impossible promises” to defeat President Donald Trump.
But Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren says Democrats should be the “big party of structural change.”
And Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he is running to “transform this country and to stand with the working class of America,” which he says has been decimated for decades.
UPDATE (10:25 p.m.): Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’d work as president to strengthen the United States’ standing with the United Nations and focus on diplomacy, not military action.
Sanders was asked during Tuesday’s debate what differentiates his aversion to the global U.S. military presence from President Donald Trump’s opposition to being “policeman of the world.” Sanders responded that Trump is “a pathological liar.”
Sanders’s stance on diplomacy was echoed by former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Pete Buttigieg pledged to withdraw from Afghanistan, where he served, by the end of his first year in the White House.
The South Bend, Indiana, mayor also advocated for a three-year sunset provision for authorizations of the use of military force, noting that those deployed to Afghanistan will soon be too young to have been alive during the Sept. 11 attacks.
UPDATE (9:58 p.m.): “Most of the people running for president want to build economic walls to free trade and beat up on President Obama. I’m the only one running that actually supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” said Delaney.
The agreement drew criticism from some Democrats, including Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who argued it was written behind closed doors with input from corporations and could end up forcing American workers to compete with low-wage labor around the world.
UPDATE (9:41 p.m.): Democrats at the presidential debate in Detroit are weighing in on the nation’s race issues.
Sen. Warren received the first question about combatting the rise of white supremacy. She said she would call it out as “domestic terrorism,” and further blamed President Donald Trump for racially unequal policies in economics and education.
Tuesday’s debate is the first since Trump called on four Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to their countries even though all four are U.S. citizens.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg was asked about handling of racial issues in his home city of South Bend.
“Right now in the wake of a police involved shooting, our community is moving from hurting to healing by making sure that the community can participate in things like revising the use of force policy,” replied Buttigieg.
“We need to recognize when it comes to the economic gap between black and whites in America, it does come from a great injustice that has never been dealt with,” said Williamson.
Williamson received cheers when she defended her plan to offer $200 billion to $500 billion in reparations to the descendants of enslaved Africans in this country.
UPDATE (9:36 p.m.): The candidates spoke about the Flint Water Crisis and ensuring that it won’t happen again.
Candidates discussed broader infrastructure problems and Author Marianne Williamson said “What happened in Flint would not have happened in Grosse Pointe.”
UPDATE (9:24 p.m.): The debate moved to the issue of climate change.
Former U.S. Rep. Delaney said he wants to get to “net zero by 2050”
Sen. Warren proposed that we “innovate and create” to address climate change.
Gov. Hickenlooper pointed blame at China, rebutting for “every country working together”
Sen. Warren responded with “1.2 million new jobs” in places like Michigan and Ohio with new innovation.
Pete Buttigieg said that “Science tells us we have 12 years before we reach the horizon of catastrophe when it comes to our climate.”
Sen. Sanders said we have to “transform our energy system from fossil fuel”
UPDATE (9:13 p.m.): The debate came back from commercial with questions about beating current President Donald Trump.
Going too far left on issues like health care wouldn’t work, Hickenlooper said, “you might as well FedEx the election to Donald Trump.”
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders defended the progressive positions he’s championed as well as polling shows him beating President Donald Trump in key Midwestern states.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pushing Democrats not to be too timid in the 2020 presidential election.
During the Democratic debate in Detroit, the Massachusetts senator pushed back at moderate criticism by questioning why anyone would run for president just “to talk about what we can’t do.”
UPDATE (8:57 p.m.): The debate moved onto gun violence, specifically mentioning the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California.
UPDATE (8:50 p.m.): Sen. Elizabeth Warren advocated for the repeal of criminal penalties for those apprehended crossing the border.
“But you are playing into Donald Trump’s hands,” said Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who is in favor of keeping the penalties, to Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he doesn’t consider women and children who walked thousands of miles criminals, and says Trump has demonized all immigrants.
Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke is standing by his refusal to call for decriminalizing crossing the U.S.-Mexico border by undocumented migrants, saying he will instead overhaul immigration policy enough that “I expect people who come here to follow our laws.”
O’Rourke says that if he is elected president, he will protect those seeking U.S. asylum and people brought to the country illegally as children.
UPDATE (8:37 p.m.): Democratic presidential candidates are wasting no time revealing the fault lines between progressives and moderates as they open Tuesday’s debate.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren warns that Democrats can’t solve problems with “small ideas and spinelessness.”
Sen. Sanders notes that half of U.S. households “are living paycheck to paycheck.”
Several other candidates are taking veiled shots at the two leading progressives for liberal proposals like single-payer healthcare.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock knocks “wish-list economics.”
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says Democrats can solve problems without “expansion” of government.
Sen. Bernie Sanders began what became a series of exchanges among all 10 candidates on stage in Detroit by telling former Rep. John Delaney “you’re wrong” over a previous characterization of his “Medicare for All” proposal. Delaney had referred to the plan as “political suicide.”
Universal health coverage has been a cornerstone of both of Sanders’ presidential campaigns. He noted that countries like Canada have lower health care costs.
Challenged by Rep. Tim Ryan on a point, Sanders retorted, “I wrote the damn bill.”
UPDATE (8:30 p.m.): The debate began on the topic of health care.
Former U.S. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland called a “Medicare for all” plan eliminating private insurance “political suicide” while Sanders responded that “Health care is a human right, not a privilege.”
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren got applauded when she accused Delaney of using what she said were Republican talking points.
UPDATE (8:10 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.
UPDATE (8:00 p.m.): The first heat of the Democrats’ second round of presidential primary debates is underway in Detroit.
The debate started with Montana Gov. Steve Bullock who is getting his first debate opportunity after failing to qualify for the June events.
UPDATE (7:36 p.m.): Michigan is expected to be a battleground state in 2020. President Donald Trump won the state by roughly 11,000 votes in 2016. But Democrats won big in Michigan in 2018. Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin says that is no guarantee of victory in the next election.
“It’s ‘s always gonna be a tight race. We’re a swing state. We know it was the tightest margin in the country, so we can’t ever take anything for granted,” she said.
Marc Lotter, Director of Strategic Communications for President Trump’s reelection campaign, says he’s confident Republicans will win Michigan in 2020.
“Midterm elections are completely different than a presidential election year,” he said. “And when you look at the success the president has had in Michigan: More than 100,000 jobs created since he was elected. 27,000 manufacturing jobs. we actually have Chrysler bringing a plant from Mexico back to Michigan. These are the things that President Trump was elected to get done.”
Congressman Dan Kildee also offered advice to candidates vying for Michigan’s vote in 2020.
“Listen to what we have to say. We have unique needs in this state. We want to protect our Great Lakes for example. Understand that’s a way of life for us,” he said. “But then be clear, be specific, be willing to stand behind your word and chart a course. people here are looking for an authentic voice.”
UPDATE (7:20 p.m.): Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave a speech welcoming the candidates and emphasizing Michigan’s importance in the 2020 presidential race.
UPDATE (5:37 p.m.): 10 candidates take the stage tonight including:
-U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
-U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
-The mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg
-Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas
-U.S. Sen. Amy Klobchar of Minnesota
-U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio
-Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
-Former U.S. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland
-Former governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper
-Author Marianne Williamson
The candidates take the stage tonight at 8 p.m.
UPDATE (2:45 p.m.): Democratic presidential candidates are gathering in Detroit for the second round of 2020 debates.
Ten candidates will have the opportunity to present their ideas to the American people on Tuesday and offer a response to President Donald Trump’s recent string of racist and incendiary tweets and comments.
Ten more candidates will appear onstage Wednesday for a second night of debates
UPDATE (10:15 a.m.): President Donald Trump says he’ll be watching the next Democratic presidential debate and predicts Joe Biden will be the likely 2020 presidential nominee for the Democrats.