We'll start with Joe Biden.
This is the former VP’s 3rd time running for POTUS. He has spent the better part of his campaign promising to return the U.S. to ‘normalcy’ which he says existed before Trump.
Now to Bernie Sanders.
Bernie Sanders. In this cycle, Sanders cuts quite a polarizing figure.
The former prosecutor is a staunch advocate for DREAMers and abortion rights and has been vocal and tough against racial discrimination in the workplace and broadly; she’s also championed immigrant rights in the face of the Trump admin’s austerity.
The Colorado Sen. used to work for another candidate on the stage (frmr Gov. Hickenlooper). He’s mostly moderate. He's campaigned against elitism, often saying voters are tired of divisions in D.C. when those who live outside it are far less cleaved.
On climate - hailing from Colorado, means Bennet has a lot of public land in his state and a lot of reason to care about wildfire and drought.
A major advocate for women’s rights for years, she's pushed for reforms in Congress to address sexual harassment there and she’s done the same for sexual misconduct in the military.
Now a California House Rep. , he was a prosecutor before earning his seat in Congress. Now he sits on two major committees: House Judiciary and House Intelligence. He’s been hard on Trump and dogged about the Russia investigation.
Yang is a former lawyer and entrepreneur who had success in Silicon Valley and is most well known – for now – for his position on universal base income or what he calls a “Freedom Dividend”.
Most ppl wil be paying less for HC than they are right now.
Each proposal he's brought forth is "fully paid for."
Too many people who are MC and poor are having the bottom fall out - to return dignity to MC, they need insurance that is covered and they can afford it.
We can make massive cuts in the 1.6T in tax loopholes and I would go about eliminating Trump's tax cuts for the wealthy
Harris: Where was that Q when GOP and Trump passed a tax bill that benefits the 1% contributing $1T debt to MC america.
Wants to change the tax code, every fam making less than 100K year, they can rec' a $500 monthly tax credit in her plan.
Now to Yang and his $1,000k monthly base income offer.
If we had a value added tax, he said, ti would generate new revenue, and would "triple-up" the economy, create jobs.
(If people have more $ to spend, its the virtuous cycle argument)
Swalwell recounts when he was 6 and a Dem candidate said it was time to pass the torch. It was Sen. Joe Biden.
Harris says, "Hey guys, America doesn't want to witness a food fight, they want to know how we're going to put food on their table. "
Buttigieg says you have to actually explain how you get from here to there on Medicare for All. Wants to call it Medicare for All Who Want It.
He says, look, even in England, with socialized medicine, they still have the option to choose.
Biden says when his wife and daughter were killed and his sons were injured, he couldn't imagine what it would be like w/o it. Then when his son was diagnosed with cancer...
Urgency matters, there's ppl right now facing what I faced without what I had. - Biden
Sanders said, we'll do it the way we did it the way we succeeded on civil rights, women's rights. when ppl stand up and tell drug companies their days are gone, and HC is a human right.
Govt should never had made a deal with big pharma they can't negotiate that let multinational corpos that "had their way with us"
Adds as her time runs out, this is also about looking at how chemical industry factors in to our collective health, enviro issues etc.
What will she do with the thousands of ppl who try to reach the US every day and want a better life thru asylum
On Day 1 -
Biden would surge billions to N. Triangle, he would reunite families and if not, "we'd put them somewhere safe until we could find parents. "
If someone is living here illegally, should they be deported just because of that?
Biden says, first, only if they committed a serious offense.
Buttigieg on tariffs - Americans will pay 800 more a year because of tariffs, while China continues to grow. We have to invest in our own domestic competitiveness
He says, because he couldnt get it done.
Buttigieg says South Bend has taken a lot of steps for accountability and he accepts responsibility.
Buttigieg says it will be investigated.
On the issue of race: she agrees, the issue is not being talked about truthfully and honestly, not a black man she knows, be a relative, friend or coworker hasnt been some subject of profiling.
She was bussed as a child.
Biden says this is a mischaracterization,
The busing, he says, she would have been able to go to school the same way but it was her local council who pushed for that
I opposed busing ordered by Dept of Education.
Harris was part of the 2nd class to integrate 2 decades after Brown v BOE
Biden says because of Calif local govt.
Biden says he extended the voting rights act for 25 years.
"We must ask why the worker in the middle of our economy is making no more money than he/she made 35 years ago."
Bennet: It wont disappear so long as Mitch McConnell is there.
A woman' right to control her own body is a constitutional right and a politician can't infringe on that right..
Sanders: Medicare for All guarantees every woman in this country the right to have an abortion if she wants it.
On climate, Harris says: we have to confront what is immediate and before us.. That is why she supports a #GreenNewDeal,, will reenter Paris"
"I agree climate change reps an existential threat but she notes: "He denies the science. And No Korea. What does he do? He embraces a dictator for the sake of a photo op. He takes the word of Putin over US intel.."
Rural America can be part of the solution, not the problem. Soil management is key. Look to leadership of local communities.
Hickenlooper says he shares the urgency, he's a scientist, we know irreversible damage is coming. But guaranteeing govt jobs for all is not a solution. (Dig at the GND)
Only by bringing ppl together will solve this. Cant "demonize business," he says. If we don't, :we're doomed to failure."
Biden - I'd insist we build 500k recharging stations thru US working w/gov mayors and others get to full electrical future by 2030. $400M in new science to export green economy, rejoin Paris and up the ante
Bennet: Climate change and lack of economic mobility.
Gilliibrand: univ paid leave, equal pay, working families tax cut
Harris,: DACA, guns, working families tax cut
Biden, first, says Todd is underestimating Barack Obama,"He was the first man to bring together entire world to deal w/climate change,
Buttigieg: Fix democracy before it is too late, climate, immigration, taxes
Hickenlooper: He'd introduce a climate plan now because he doesn't want to reelect Trump
Keep your pistols, rifles, shotguns, but we take the most dangerous weapons from the most dangerous people.,
Other candidates plans, he claims, would leave 15M guns on the street.
He bans the sale, Sanders says.
Swalwell - but would you buy back?
Sanders says if ppl want to do that, they can.
Hickenlooper: Constant engagement, Would go to China first to deal with public health pandemics
Yang: China, cooperate with climate
Biden: NATO will fall apart if he is elected for 4 more years
Sanders: Its not 1 country, its rebuilding trust in UN to solve conflicts w/o war
Gillibrand: Iran, to engage them and stabilize before we start never-ending war
Bennet: EU allies in every Latin American country who wants to talk about how to deal with immigration
Swalwell: Breaking up with Russia, making up with NATO
D.C. is made of the rich and disconnected,
There's a moment to seize among this can-do generation.