Highlights From the Third Democratic Debate

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Highlights From the Third Democratic Debate
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Highlights From the Third Democratic Debate
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Thursday’s Democratic debate was the first to be held on a single night, with the previous two debates organized as two-night events. This time around, just 10 candidates were featured. It was also the first time frontrunners Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren shared the stage.

According to a recent joint poll conducted by ABC News and The Washington Post, only three candidates are polling at 10 percent or above among Democratic voters. The poll showed Biden in the lead with 27 percent, followed by Bernie Sanders at 19 percent. Trailing Sanders was Elizabeth Warren with 17 percent.

Polling requirements set by the DNC and ABC News whittled away several of the major candidates, leaving just half the number of candidates from the previous two debates. Not everyone was pleased with the decision. Candidates Tulsi Gabbard and Marianne Williamson didn’t quite make the cut, despite the fact that they were the most Googled candidates of the previous debate.

The 10 candidates featured in Thursday’s debate were Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Obama administration official Julian Castro, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

The biggest moment of the night came as Castro went after Biden, seemingly attacking his age. Castro accused Biden of forgetting what he said just minutes before. Although, a review of the footage shows that Castro was incorrect.

While Sanders and Biden disagreed over healthcare, their dispute remained cordial. Warren and Biden hardly went after each other at all throughout the three-hour-long debate. Perhaps the audience’s sour reaction to Castro’s attack on Biden steered the other candidates away from going too negative.

Another defining moment of the debate came as O’Rourke promoted gun confiscations, telling viewers that he would be coming for their firearms. While on the topic of guns, Klobuchar announced that all the candidates on stage supported a ban on “assault weapons.” None of the other candidates disputed her claim.

Even some Democrats were unhappy with the way guns were treated at the debate, with pundits expressing concern that O’Rourke’s comments would be damning for many other candidates on the left. Democratic Senator Chris Coons condemned O’Rourke’s comments about gun confiscations while appearing on CNN earlier today. The senator claimed “that clip will be used for years” against Democrats in future elections.

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