As the Democrats are seriously in search of a golden candidate they think can defeat Trump, all the presidential contestants met in Atlanta yesterday and presented a clear argument yet on how they plan to take down Trump.
In the course of this debate the former senator Joe Biden, experienced some not so charming moments. One of which is when Biden attempting to reference former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, who is also a strong backer of his campaign, he claimed to have been endorsed by “the only African American woman who’s ever been elected to the United States Senate.” Booker quickly jumped in with a mocking smile and said, “That’s not true.” And Harris, the second black woman elected to the Senate, said, “I’m standing right here”, laughing to calm the tension down while Biden tried to correct himself, and said, “I said that first.”
Sen Booker also hits Biden on the issue of Biden wanting to decriminalize marijuana, saying that, “I thought you might have been high when you said it,” Booker said laughingly. Cory Booker, The New Jersey senator has long advocated for the government to legalize marijuana. And so have all the other leading Democratic contenders but Biden, the former vice president who had said days earlier that he is opposed to legalizing marijuana on the federal level, adding that, he wants more research into whether it’s a “gateway drug”. But Booker argued that, legalizing marijuana is a matter of racial justice, and that Democrats will not be able to rebuild the coalition of voters assembled by Barack Obama if black voters are alienated. He specifically pointed to a drop in black turnout in Wisconsin in the 2016 election. To which him and California Sen. Kamala Harris agreed that, Democrats can’t win without rebuilding former President Barack Obama’s diverse coalition of supporters.
Elisabeth Warren, on the other hand, highlighted her pledge to break Washington’s long-standing pattern of top campaign donors receiving ambassadorships like Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union who gave $1 million to his inauguration fund. “We are not going to give away ambassador posts to the highest bidder,” Warren said.
The first four Democratic debates featured lengthy clashes between the progressive and moderate candidates over health care: whether to push for Medicare for All or instead go the less costly route of expanding Obamacare with a public option.
Sen. Bernie Sanders used his closing statement to try to reach Latinos who constitute a crucial part of the electorate in Nevada, the third state to vote in the Democratic nominating process and key for Biden, as well as California and Texas, which will award huge swaths of delegates. “I am the son of an immigrant,” ,,,”I have some sense of an immigrant experience. I will stand with the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country.” said Benie Sanders in his closing remarks.