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The #DemDebate is starting any minute now. I'll be live-tweeting again.
You know where I'm at for this #DemDebate: @KamalaHarris is my favorite. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing many of the other candidates, too, particularly Castro, Booker and Gillibrand.

Hopefully Gabbard drops out after tonight.
@KamalaHarris It's 5:12 and we just go to the first commercial break... before the opening statements.
#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Opening statements just started.

De Blasio: hope. No stop and frisk. $15/hr minimum wage. "Real differences." 40 years of getting punched in the chin. "We will tax the hell out of the wealthy." Somebody in the crowd chanting something.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Benet: Opens very sincerely with a statement about an inclusive America and the America dream. He's got a delivery that stands out in the field for its authenticity and plain speak. Talks about "reclaiming our future for our kids and our democracy."

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Inslee: Starts all-in on the importance of the climate crisis. "I've been working on this for 25 years and I know this... we can defeat the climate crisis. Let's get to work."

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Gillibrand: Record. Repealed DADT. Healhtchare for 9/11 First Responders. "Beating Donal Trump - definitely not impossible."
#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Gabbard: I know what patriotism. Trump is not behaving like a patriot. Her comments about fighting for "equality for all" seem odd given her past controversy regarding islamophobia and anti-LGBTQ+ comments.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Castro: "I don't want to make America anything again... we're going to move forward... make America better."
#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Yang: Explains his $1,000 a month plan and puts it in historical context and pitches how he'll pay for it. "The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math."

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Booker was interrupted by a chanting protest of some sort. Unfortunately that meant I had trouble absorbing it.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Harris: We are better than this. We have always been prepared to fight for our ideals. We have always been prepared to fight for who we are.

"... to successfully prosecute the case of 4 more years of Trump and against him."
#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Biden: Talks up the field on the stage. Talks about the importance of a diverse America. Addresses Trump directly. Crowd cheers.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Harris starts with an adversarial question about healthcare. Makes the case for a 10 year transition.

Seems like they fixed the mic issues (which were really, really bad for her and Yang in particular).

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Biden is responding by attacking Harris' plan. "You can't beat Trump with double talk on this plan."

Harris is completely unphased. Defends her plan and says Biden's plan leaves out 10 million people.

Biden goes after an alleged $3 trillion cost for Harris plan.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Harris: "the cost of doing nothing is far too great..." Makes case again.

De Blasio goes after the current insurance: premiums, deductibles, etc. He says the myth is that people love their current insurance and they don't.
#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Biden: Obamacare is working. Build on it. Emphasizes things moving quickly. "My plans cost $750 billion not $30 trillion."

Gillibrand: "I think the viewers right now are at risk of losing the forest for the trees." Tells a story about rushing her newborn Theo to ER.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Gillibrand says the private insurance model is inherently broken etc. Draws big cheers.

Harris responds to Biden. She says Kathleen Sebelius (ACA Architect) endorsed her plan. Talk about Biden's plan jacking up co-pays and deductibles.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Biden says that co-pays are limited to $1,000 (I hope he means deductibles). Says his plan doesn't force private insurance etc. just gives people choice.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Booker says that Trump is the one enjoying Dems being pitted against each other.

Gabbard says we have a sick care system not a health care system. Gabbard goes after Kathleen Sebelius and Harris for their connection to Medicare Advantage and private insurance.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Harris swats down Gabbard's characterization of Sebelius "she did not right it - she endorsed it for being able to cover anyone."

Biden talks about having HHS set the price for new drugs.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Benet talks about how to expand on the current system. Attacks taking away current insurance and adding taxes for everyone "when we can pass a public option and have universal healthcare in 2 years not 10."

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Castro talks about strengthening and expanding Medicare and that people should be able to keep private insurance. But talks about regulating insurance company etc.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Harris talks about how people can get trapped in a job to avoid losing coverage.

Benet says "we need to be honest what's in this plan: it bans employer based insurance and costs $30 trillion."

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Harris: we cannot keep with the Republican talking points. We need to stop. Says that employers can no longer dictate what kind of healthcare people get. "They want choice and my plan gives them choice."
#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Inslee talks about how his state WA has been the first to offer a public option to all its citizens. Talks about record there. Talks about how its time to give people adequate mental health in this country. Gets cheers. Talks about driving down medicine costs.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Yang says Democrats are talking about healthcare. Says Harris is right about difficulty switching jobs.

De Blasio: why are we not going to be the party to be bold? Says Benet is fearmongering about costs etc.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Benet says its about having faith in the American family. Goes after the factual accuracy of other claims. Says he's right about costs.

De Blasio frames it primarily as an idealogical issue.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Biden says no one is trying to echo GOP talking points - that the GOP is trying to kill the ACA. "I don't know what math you do in New York or California but..."

Harris: Let's talk math. Last year alone pharmaceutical and insurance companies made $72 billion dollars.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Harris "it is immorale."

Biden says his plan is the only to limit the prices insurance companies can set. Says he'd go after the opioid manufacturers for the epidemics.

Now immigration.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Castro: "open borders is a right-wing talking point. I am disappointed that some people on this stage have taken it." Stopping the detention camps. Says him immigration plan would put undocumented immigrants with a clean record onto a pathway to citizenship.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Benet talks about the senate passed immigration act he co-wrote. Goes after Castro's take on the border. References his family's Holocaust background.
Harris about a private detention facility housing 2,700 people that she went to with Castro, etc. not allowed in.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Benet: there's not a single person on this stage that separate a child from their parent. That's Donald Trump.

Gillibrand: says we have to remember who we are talking about - refugees, not criminals. Agrees with Castro that it should be a civil violation not criminal

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Biden gets question about the higher deportation rates under Trump. Interrupted by chants about deportation.
"What the senator talked about is seeking asylum. We are not talking about crossing the border illegally." & flooding the area with people for asylum process.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Biden says that those that seek asylum are a different group - but that those others, that cross the border illegally, should be able to be sent box.

Castro goes into the nuts and bolts of infrastructure. Says we need a politican with guts.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Biden says the problem is Trump not the law.

Unfortunately Gabbard is speaking again but I'll try to capture what she says. Fortunately she talks about making it easier to seek asylum.

Yang talks about his father's background and the value of immigrant contributions

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Yang talked about automizeation as the real job stealer, not immigrants.

Booker talks about the importance of moving from criminal to civil for border crossings and how much it could help - contrasts with Biden briefly, but mainly talks about the plan.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris Biden talks about how Trump got things wrong and speaks of the inspiration of America's history. Talks about a 7 year green card for people arriving with a PhD.

Inslee says "we can no longer allow a white nationalist in the White House."

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris Inslee talks about his strong record accepting refugees, etc.

De Blasio talks about the 11 million undocumented people here. Calls for immigration reform. Goes after Biden as VP to Obama.

Biden defends Obama's record. "To compare him to Donald Trump is bizarre."

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris Gabbard says that paying for college tuition should not extend to undocumented immigrants. Pivots to pathway to citizenship and then addressing student debt.
De Blasio agrees with Gabbard and goes after Biden again. Perhaps thinks Gabbard is polling too low to worry?

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris Biden defends Obama.

Booker "you can't have it both ways" on Obama. Attacks Biden's comment about PhD immigration priority - says it pits immigrants against each other and plays into GOP talking points.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris Biden says that Obama tried to do more got pushback.

Gillibrand starts with charmingly disarming "um" and pause. Speaks volumes. Talks about what Democrats stand for.

Commercial break start.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris Biden responds to Booker criticism of his criminal justice position. Biden downplays the differences between them. Talks about rehabilitation as opposed to incarceration and plan to reduce recidivism.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris Booker says it's a crisis in the country and we've used incarceration too much in the past - and that Biden has claimed responsibility for the crime bills that brought that into play.

Biden defends his record. Tried to remove the disparity between crack & cocaine.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris Biden goes after Booker's police department.

Booker says that his plan for standards has been endorsed by the head of the ACLU. Says he's surprised Biden wants to compare records.

Biden goes after Booker. Says he did nothing for 8 years and hiring choices.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris Booker: you're addicted to the Kool-Aid and you don't even know the flavor. Says Biden's past decisions destroyed communities like his - is glad Biden evolved but that doesn't repair the communities.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris Castro goes hard on police accountability and use of force standards. Agrees with Booker on some things.

Inslee talks about reducing racial disparity, pardons, eliminating the death penalty and focus on reducing recidivism. Says he disagrees with Castro...

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris Castro talks about the police officer that choked Garner to death.

De Blasio gets question about that. De Blasio says the DOJ delayed things and that now NY is going after him within the next 30 days. Talks about preventing it from ever happening again.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris Biden answers De Blasio about what he did: reduced prison population by 38,000 people etc. Biden says everyone is talking about his background a long time ago but that Obama vetted and signed off on him.

Yang says he would trust anyone on this stage over Trump.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris Yang talks about economic response.

Both De Blasio and Gillibrand have mentioned meeting Garner's mother.

Gillibrand says De Blasio's response wasn't sufficient and police office should be fired right now. Offers using consent decrees as President.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris Harris parries question about Biden's position that Harris had the same position on bussing he did. Harris pushes back hard. "The VP has still failed to acknowledged that he was wrong."

Harris is the third to talk about meeting Garner's mom.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris Harris goes over her time but makes sure to finish about the importance of consent decrees etc.

Biden goes after Harris' record as AG in CA on desegregation. I live in CA - I'm not sure this is going to play...
Biden talks about 1,000 prisoners released - misconduct

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris Harris disputes Biden's characterization and speaks up for her record. Seriously, people should look at @blackwomenviews for an accurate take on it (hint: Harris is closer than Biden).

Gabbard takes a lot of cheap shots at Harris. Apparently trying to get exposure.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Harris defends her record hard.

Gabbard claims that Harris blocked the release of exculpatory evidence in death sentence case.

Harris says she's always been against the death penalty (she's right - see her dispute with Feinstein over a cop killer).

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Benet talks about fixing the prison pipeline. Big cheers.

Inslee starts by saying he's humble because he's never been a marginalized minority. He says that everyone on the stage has an enormous error - they need to ditch the filibuster.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Yang talks about natural disasters in conjunction with racial inequality. Talks about UBI as a solution.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Castro talks about Trump's history of racism. Wants to invest in a lot of education programs (k-12, pre-k, etc.) and building off his work at HUD. And investing in affordable housing.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Gillibrand talks about using her white privilege. Talks about her willingness (which she has demonstrated) to talk about white privilege to white women in the suburbs - like she did in Youngstown, Ohio. (There's a video on Twitter - she's right).

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Inslee talks about the devestating impact of climate crisis. Talks about how many things it affects. Says that middle ground solutions like Biden's will not save us. Says his is the gold standard. And takes on environmental justice.

This is his signature issue.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Biden disputes the characterization of his plan as middling. Talks about re-joining the Paris Accord and raising the standards and investing $400 billion in alternative energy etc.

Yang says the U.S. emits 15% percent and we are too late. Emergency prep. & do all.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Biden talks about eliminating fossil fuels and coal. That we would "work it out."

Inslee says its urgent.

Harris agrees with Inslee's quote about Trump does not respect science. Harris says she would take anyone on the stage over Trump. Talks about Green New Deal.
#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Gillibrand talks about Cloroxing the Oval Office as 1st thing when she gets elected and 2nd thing go after global climate change. She was a co-sponsor with AOC for the Green New Deal.

Gabbard question is why she wasn't a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Gabbard talks about her past record and "the most ambitious plan" she proposed the "off fossil fuels."

Booker says he and Inslee are ranked at the top for the environment. Inslee says Booker is 2nd. Booker says he'll try harder.
Booker says the Paris Accord is basic

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews De Blasio gets question about elevated lead levels. Talks about eradication of lead and how the lead levels went down over 90% since 2005. Talks about how the federal government has failed to properly take care of the lead issue. Proposes a federal mandate act on it.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Castro talks about his record going in to Flint (as HUD Secretary) after the state government caused the problem.

Biden gets question about winning Michigan. Talks about the relief program during the Obama administration that saved jobs in Michigan.

#DemDebate2
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Gillibrand talks about her bus tour to go after Trump's broken promises, to Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio. She says she's done this before "I haven't lost an election since" in regards to her early state election.

Yang gets a question of why he can beat Trump.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Yang goes after the problem in the U.S. (depression, life expectancy, etc.) and about uncompensated work (homemaking, etc.) and changing the measure of the economy.

Gabbard talks about Flint Michigan and ties it to over-spending on wars abroad - bring them home.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Booker comes out hard on GOP voter suppression - especially against black women. Says he will actively fight against it.

Harris talks about Trump's broken promises - gives concrete examples, including Trump's trade tax costing Americans up to $1.4 billion a month.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Harris says Trump will lose because he tries to beat people down instead of lift them up - and that a President needs to lift them up.

Commercials.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Castro on the wage gap and taxes. Talks about how America is not just fine but that Trump takes credit for Obama's economic recovery (the majority of the months of the recovery).

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews Gabbard gets question about why she was against TPP and what she would do. Gabbard says she'd push for fair deals - says that giving away American sovereignty to international corporations. (I'm not a TPP expert, can we get a fact check @PolitiFact?)

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Biden says he would re-negotiate TPP. Says America makes up 25% of the economy and that we should leverage that to make sure we have the right people at the table (environmentalists, workers, etc.)

Says he would not re-join the TPP in its original form. Re-negotiate.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact De Blasio goes after Biden for voting for the original NAFTA.

Biden says "yes" he would insist that labor was at the table.

Banter between Biden and de Blasio.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Benet talks about spending so much abroad and needing to spend it in America. Says we could have used the money for infrastructure, etc.
Yang talks about needing to address discrimination and roadblocks against women. Talks about addressing exploitation personal &work

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Yang talks about the UBI as giving more freedom.

Harris will require corporations to post on their site whether they are paying men and women equally - and that they will be fined 1% of their previous year's profits for every % gender gap.
#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Gillibrand talks about the broader conversation and goes after Biden's previous comment on working women detoriorating society, etc.

Biden says it was part of a childcare argument.

Gillibrand: but what did you mean that when a woman works outside the home it...

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Gillibrand is specific and extensive in her criticism of Biden's comment.

Biden deflects a bit by saying his record on women is very strong. Says Gillibrand is only going after him because of the election.

Gillibrand does not let him off the hook.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Biden says he never believed the quote he made.

Harris stays on topic of Biden changing position - the Hyde Amendment. References her experience prosecuting child rape and molestation cases.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Biden and Harris go back and forth. Harris is focused - manages to get answers out of Biden.

Inslee talks about winning the largest pay increase for educators and nurses and increasing union membership.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Booker gets a foreign policy question about troop withdrawal. Says he would do policy by tweet and would not set a withdrawal deadline during the election.

Gabbard talks about her field medical unit experience in Iraq and family experience in deployment.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact If Gabbard didn't have such a sketchy record on Assad, Islamophobia, LGBTQ+ statements, etc. you could be forgiven for thinking she was a decent choice on foreign policy. But we do know.

Yang talks about ending forever wars.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Inslee talks about voting against Iraq War is a young member of Congress.

Biden talks about his early mistake on Iraq and how far he reversed later.

Gabbard talks about how everyone was lied to (WMDs, etc.) Says she enlisted after 9/11.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact De Blasio interrupts to say they should talk about Iran.

Harris gets a question about prosecuting Trump after he leaves audience and why it's okay. There's great evidence in the report and that there's no comparison and that DOJ would prosecute, not because of her.
#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact I am 100% with Harris on this - we know what the DOJ would do without a Trump loyalist at the top. This isn't a fishing expedition like the repeated Trump calls.

Booker calls for impeachment investigation.

Castro fully agrees with Harris.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact De Blasio is totally missing the point. He says we need to not "just talk about impeachment." Hey De Blasio! The laws don't go through when Trump and #MoscowMitch are obstructing everything. Dems HAVE been talking about things and passing legislation.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Benet talks about avoiding doing anything that plays into Trump's hand.

Castro says too many people have been learned the wrong things from Clinton impeachment. I agree with his argument. Seems like he's with Booker, Harris, etc

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Castro and Benet exchange some nice words about Castro's brother in Congress and getting things done at once.

Commercials start.
#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Just a quick reminder during the debate.

#MoscowMitch is blocking virtually all legislation - including election security.

At least 117 members of congress have come out for an impeachment inquiry.

And Kamala Harris is kicking ass - like usual.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Closing statements.

De Blasio talks about what Democrats have to stand for. Says "we're going to tax the hell out of the wealthy." (I think we can safely say his main job is to move the Overton Window).

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Benet talks about past challenges in elections to make the country more democratic - and how Trump doesn't believe in any of it. Says that we have an incredible opportunity to come together to put divisive politics behind and unite against a broken D.C. & beat Trump.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Inslee talks about how we have one last chance to save humanity from the climate crisis. Says it is in the hands of the next President. (Seriously, the next President NEEDS him in the their climate cabinet or as a VP). Inslee is right about the importance - not Pres.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Gillibrand says she's running to help people and has experience doing it - and that she knows how to beat Trump. Talks about how she's gone to the swing states to do it. Says she will fight for your family no matter who you are, where you live or who you love.
#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Gillibrand says we need someone that can do... everything essentially. Rejects lane designations.

Gabbard talks about nuclear attack threat. Maybe she missed Warren's nuclear comments yesterday.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Castro thanks the moderators and viewers. Lists different types of folks. "Donald Trump has not been bashful in his cruelty. I will not be bashful in my common sense and compassion."

"We'll say 'Adios' to Donald Trump!'

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Yang indicts the media process (focusing on ties etc.) vs. focusing on automation and paying the bills. Says the UBI would help millions of families. Says he has done the math - it's not left, it's not right, it's forward.

(He had a better night than the 1st debate).

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Booker talks about defiant love and pulling together - especially in Detroit. Talks about his family history in the city and the entrepreneurial spirit.

And about how it's a coin toss of about whether they'll do better than the generation before.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Booker talks about beating Trump being the floor not the ceiling. Seeks to inspire.

Now Kamala Harris.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Kamala Harris outlines the litany of fights she's taken on for the people of California - and how she'll fight the predator in the White House. Talks about the cowardice of predators.
"What we need is someone... that will be able to prosecute the case [against Trump]"

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Harris indicts Trump's trade war and how to write the next page for the country - her 3AM agenda. Too many good things she's pushing for me to do justice. Seriously, I keep saying this but just go to the pinned mega thread at @blackwomenviews. There's a LOT.

#DemDebate
@KamalaHarris @blackwomenviews @PolitiFact Biden talks about how we need to let people know who we are, choosing science over fiction - and the importance of working together.

He also said a URL for his campaign that surprised me.

Debate over!

#DemDebate
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