Ten Democratic candidates spar over healthcare and immigration in TV debate

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Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls, among them Pete Buttigieg, have clashed in a televised US debate that laid bare the party’s deep divisions over how best to win in 2020.

CNN hosted the first of two nights of presidential primary debate in Detroit.

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, the most liberal candidates in the crowded field, were under attack from their more moderate colleagues. Several candidates began the debate in Detroit by criticizing the policies of Warren and Sanders as being impossible and not the way for the party to defeat President Trump.

The three women and seven men on stage in Michigan debated healthcare, border policy and how to defeat Donald Trump.

Ten more Democrats, including Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, will spar Wednesday.

The winner of the Democratic presidential nomination will be crowned next July at the party convention. The presidential election will take place months later, in November.


The line-up for the debate was:

  • Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
  • South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke
  • Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan
  • Former Maryland Congressman John Delaney
  • Montana Governor Steve Bullock
  • Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
  • Author Marianne Williamson


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