The first ten against Trump
Attacks on Donald Trump, speeches in Spanish and a technical breakdown: In Florida, the first ten Democratic candidates for the presidential candidacy in a TV debate have started against each
The ten candidates of the US Democrats, who started on Wednesday in the first TV debate
A good 16 months before the presidential election in the US, the Democratic campaign is picking up speed. Ten candidates for the candidacy of the party have delivered the first televised debate in Miami in the US state of Florida. Because the field of applicants is so large, ten more candidates will appear on Thursday in another TV duel.
So far, a total of 25 politicians of the Democratic Party have applied for candidacy – more candidates for the presidential candidacy, the party never had. In order to qualify for the television debate, applicants had to receive at least one percent support in three surveys or to show donations from a total of 65,000 sponsors from 20 US states.
Each of the two debates was divided into five segments where each candidate had one minute to answer questions and another 30 seconds to answer questions. Another 45 seconds were scheduled for a closing statement.
Wednesday’s debate included left-wing Senator Elizabeth Warren, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Texas MP Beto O’Rourke, and Tim Ryan, Julian Castro, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee and others John Delaney.
Ex-vice-president Joe Biden and independent senator Bernie Sanders meet on Thursday. According to surveys, Biden has been in the lead in Democratic candidates so far, followed by Sanders and Warren. A second discussion round of the Democrats is then scheduled for the 30th and 31st of July.
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NBC News hosted the debate at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami
On Wednesday evening, the moderators covered a wide range of topics with their questions: from the US economy to immigration and the controversial treatment of migrant families to armed violence in the country, abortion law and the crisis with Iran.
Elizabeth Warren spoke first, advocating a more socially equitable economic policy. The US economy is currently serving the interests of the rich. Therefore, “structural changes are necessary,” said the 70-year-old.
The ten candidates did not just talk about their concrete political plans. Again and again, they shared with US President Donald Trump and his policies, this was particularly clear on the subject of immigration. For example, Klobuchar said that immigrants are part of America and they are needed. De Blasio said the Democratic Party must be a party of immigrants.
O’Rourke also criticized the US government’s practice of placing immigrant families in detention centers and “locking them up in cages.” He repeatedly gave part of his answers in Spanish. “Everybody’s got to be heard,” O’Rourke said. “The economy has to work for all people.”