Democrats debate

Staff Writer | Jun 27, 2019
In the early hours of Thursday morning, South African time, the American Democratic Party held the first of a series of debates between candidates for president in 2020.

The debates are part of the primary process which will see the party’s membership select a candidate next year to contest the 2020 American presidential election against Republican Donald Trump.

With over 20 candidates running for the party’s nomination, 10 of the candidates debated each other, with another 10 to follow the next day.

On Thursday’s crowded debate stage, candidates were asked a number of questions relating to the main concerns of Democratic Party members: abortion rights, healthcare and foreign policy.

The front runner on stage last night was Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, who went into the debate as the only candidate on stage with polling support in the double digits. 

Commentary immediately after the debate appeared to suggest that Senator Cory Booker had given a good performance.

Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke surprised many when he answered a question directed to him entirely in Spanish, unprompted.  What followed was a debate performance that was heavily criticised by many commentators.

The candidates will face voters for the first time in February next year at the Iowa caucuses.

 

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