Americans had their very first chance to see a group of 2020 Democratic hopefuls face off Wednesday night as 10 candidates stood on stage together in Miami during the first presidential debate of the long election cycle. A second group of candidates will debate Thursday night, including front-runner Joe Biden.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the only candidate on stage polling in double digits, faced off against Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and a host of other fired-up candidates who debated issues including healthcare, immigration, abortion rights, gun control and the economy during the event hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo.
Here is a transcript of their remarks:
Elizabeth Warren gets the first question — on the economy
Sen. Klobuchar is asked if her rivals’ programs are akin to a “magic genie”
Beto O’Rourke weighs in on the top tax rate for high earners
Sen. Booker on whether he would support breaking up large tech companies — and Warren’s response
Castro and Rep. Gabbard address the gender pay gap
Mayor de Blasio, Rep. Delaney and Gov. Inslee on income inequality
Rep. Ryan and Sen. Warren on whether manufacturing jobs can ever come back
Candidates face off about their healthcare plans (with a show of hands)
Sen. Klobuchar hits back at Gov. Inslee over abortion comments
Castro and Sen. Warren also speak out on abortion
Sen. Booker and O’Rourke on the opioid crisis
Castro and other candidates on how they would address undocumented immigrants
Candidates on Iran and whether they would renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal
NBC encounters some technical difficulties
Candidates on gun control
Candidates on whether they could get their Supreme Court nominees confirmed
Sen. Warren and others on how they would deal with Mitch McConnell
Gov. Inslee and other candidates on climate change
Candidates on LGBTQ rights and civil rights
Candidates on their approach to foreign policy
Candidates on the biggest geopolitical threat to the U.S.
Whether they would pursue impeachment
Their closing statements
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