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Now to the rules for tonight.
Their placement is reportedly based on how they’ve performed in the polls.
Elizabeth Warren, according to @FiveThirtyEight is the current favorability front-runner. She “has a plan” for just about everything.
Now to Cory Booker.
And now to Amy Klobuchar.
On climate, Castro wants to rejoin Paris and wants to pour funding into sustainable research but he’s not anti-fossil fuel.
To our next contender: Jay Inslee.
Now to Bill de Blasio, current mayor of New York. He has had a mixed reception in his run, indicative of the mixed reception he has received as mayor.
Now to Tim Ryan.
John Delaney, formerly a health industry finance executive now worth $280 million, is against Medicare for All. The onetime MD congressman was heartily booed for expressing this at a speech he delivered in California.
Warren: Who is the economy really working for? It's doing great for thinner and thinner slices at the top.
There must be "structural change" in the government, economy and country.
Does she believe ppl are being a given a false sense of whats possible?
what she is concerned about is "paying for it for rich kids."
"I would support one that is fair to all. Tax capital at the same rate you tax income, take the rate up to 28 percent to pay for the programs." Finishes just before the buzzer
Castro says lets pass the #EqualRightsAmendment and pursue legislation so that there is equal pay for equal work.
He says he can.
Beto says he would not replace private insurance however when Holt asks directly.
De Blasio jumps in and says Beto has to acknowledge private insurance isnt working
Delaney agrees with Beto, says we should keep what's working, get rid of what isn't. "Healthcare should be a basic human right but ppl should also have the option to buy private health insurance."
Warren says the industry sucked $23B in profits.
Crosstalk among all and Klobuchar says "There are 3 women up here who have worked pretty hard to protect a woman's right to choose."
Booker says he would hold them to it, which is why he's denied $ from big pharma this cycle.
Fathers and mothers and children are dying while trying to enter the US and ask for asylum.
Last moth, 130K migrants apprehended at southern border.
In April, he was the 1st candidate to put fwd comprehensive immigration plan.
"The images were heartbreaking and frankly, they should piss us all off. If I was POTUS, I would sign an EO to get rid of the metering policy, which is what prompted the risky swim across the river."
Also wants to go back to the way we used to treat asylum, we don't criminalize desperation. we treat it as a civil violation.
"We would not turn back Valeria and Oscar, we would not build walls or put kids in cages.. We would spare no expense to criminalize those who have been separated already."
Castro says ORourke has not called for the repeal of a section which criminalizes it instead of making it a civil offense.
If Beto did his homework on this, he would be wiling to repeal it, Castro adds
"If you go to Gitmo, there are terrorists who get better healthcare than those kids who tried to cross border in the U.S."
Inslee says Trump tried to threaten him with sending refugees to his state.
"That's not a threat at all" Inslee says, he welcomes diversity.
If there was an attack against US troops, there would have to be a response she says.
Trump has to "swallow his pride" and put American people first.
Warren says she's taken more than 2k unfiltered questions, over 100 town halls, single hardest were Qs from kids. When you're president, how are you going to keep us safe?
She says we have to treat it like a serious research project that we haven't done before.
Booker' answer: says he hears gunshots in his own neighborhood and for millions of Americans this isn't a policy issue but an urgency issue.
I'm tired of people offering thoughts and prayers, he says.
Castro says in Jan 2020, we'll have a Dem House, Senate and White House. The activists who have risen up and inspired so many people, we may not have seen yet legislative action but we're getting closer, he says.
Beto says he went thru this in Texas. They talked about univ. background checks, "weapons of war" belong on battlefields, red flag laws need to be expanded. He saw a lot of support.
Mitch McConnell said his greatest achievement was filling a SCOTUS seat. Asks if Republicans would confirm Booker's nominees?
Warren: "I do."
Inslee: First step: taking filibuster power away from McConnell.
This is a climate crisis. "We are the last chance administration to do something about it. We need to do what we've done in my state, like the 100 percent clean electrical grid bill passed in WA."
He's got a track record of getting things done. They shifted coal fired plants in San Antonio to renewables. They created 800 jobs, he adds.
Tim Ryan backs up and says we can talk about climate/guns, issues we all care about but we haeve a perception problem with the Dem party, we're not connecting to working class ppl.
If you want to beat McConnell and Graham, you have to have a blue collar party that can relate to those in the heartland, he sasys.
"No one in govt should tell anyone who to love or how to marry."
Notes she now serves on the Equality Caucus and voted for the Equailty Act.
She knows LGBT soldiers would give their life for her and she for them and she emphasizes need to preserve civil rights for all.
He co-sponsored the Equality Act.
Castro says we have to begin by being honest when recognizing racial injustice.
Says he's the only candidate who has put forward plans to reform policing system in U.S.
He's sat on Armed Srvcs committees, the lessons he's learned: you have to stay engaged no one like it, its long and tedious,
Gabbard corrects him, the Taliban wasn't responsible for that. Al Qaeda.
Under the buzzer, Gabbard notes Saudi Arabia is a backer of AQ.
Beto says yes, talks about the painting of GW resigning commission to Continental congress
Delaney says, there's always a first.
Delaney says Pelosi knows more about whether or not to impeach Trump better than anyone on the debate stage but calls Trump "lawless"
We're a country that "used to do things."
He's a grandson of immigrants, son of an electrician.
This is not about me, this is about getting America working again.
It matters to have candidate who gave ppl universal health care, $15 min wage, gave pre-K to those who were denied it, for free. He's done it in NY and wants to do the same for entire US.
She had a dream growing up, to be a public teacher. By the time she graduated, the $ wasn't there for college, but she got her chance and the govt helped create opportunities for her.
"I will fight for you as hard as I fight for my own family."