Mic Breakdown Mid-Democratic Primary Debate; Trump Mocks Them

Mic Breakdown Mid-Democratic Primary Debate; Trump Mocks Them

Democratic presidential candidate Sen.

De Blasio confronted O'Rourke over his reluctance to phase out private insurance despite it "not working for tens of millions of Americans".

The candidates' policy differences paled in comparison to the party's No. 1 priority - ending Mr Trump's presidency after a single four-year term.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio: "Russia because they've been trying to undermine our democracy and they've been doing a pretty damn good job of it and we need to stop them".

Mr Julian Castro, a former United States housing secretary and the only Hispanic candidate in the field, supports repealing a federal statute that he said has criminalised border crossings to incarcerate immigrants and controversially separate children from their parents.

"It should also piss us all off", he said, "and it should spur us to action".

That drew a sharp response from Klobuchar.

Wednesday's slate also featured Reps. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who will be in a second debate group Thursday night, has proposed a "Medicare for All" system without private insurance, and Warren said she agreed with him. He challenged Mr O'Rourke and others to support him.

Democratic presidential candidates from left, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Sen.

Democratic 2020 presidential candidates New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, US Rep. Tim Ryan, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, US Senator Cory Booker, US Senator Elizabeth Warren, former US Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Senator Amy Klobuchar, US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and former US Rep. John Delaney participate in the first US 2020 presidential election Democratic candidates debate in Miami, Florida, US, June 26, 2019. "Why do we have to stand for taking away something from people?"

The two kept talking over each other, when De Blasio finally said "you've got to start by acknowledging the system is not working for people" at which Delaney entered the fray.

"The Taleban was there long before we came in", she said."We can not keep USA troops deployed to Afghanistan thinking that we're going to somehow squash this Taleban that has been there when every other country that's tried has failed".

Trump, the elephant not in the room, was in the air traveling to Japan for a round of trade talks as Democrats faced the nation for the first time in the 2020 campaign.

Despite flying to Asia Wednesday, Trump tuned in from Air Force One and did not miss the chance to knock his would-be opponents via Twitter. His first tweet of the night: "BORING!" Every one decried the Trump administration's immigration policies, saying the president is to blame for the deaths of an immigrant father and his toddler daughter found lying face-down after drowning in the Rio Grande.

But the candidates didn't agree on everything. He also attacked O'Rourke for not supporting fully decriminalizing the act of crossing the U.S. -Mexico border illegally.

O'Rourke said he wanted to keep the provision so authorities could pursue drug and human traffickers.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker talks about what he would do day one to improve immigration laws in the USA, spurring a passionate reaction from Julian Castro.

Only 35% of registered Democrats say they're paying close attention to the campaign, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

With foreign policy largely overshadowed by domestic issues, two candidates struggling for attention tried to break out of the crowded field with contrasting views on the U.S. role in Afghanistan.

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