Texas congressman pulls endorsement from Castro to support Biden

Texas congressman pulls endorsement from Castro to support Biden

The exchange nevertheless brought into the open what many have wondered behind closed doors: whether Biden has the stamina and mental acuity to prosecute an exhausting campaign over the next 14 months. "I'm one of them", co-host Joy Behar said.

It won't be clear for a week or more whether any of them had true breakout moments. And Booker is just not that guy.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota also tried to calm things down, noting: "A house divided can not stand", quoting from a famous speech by Abraham Lincoln. Early on, she flatly declared Sanders' "Medicare for All" plan a "bad" idea.

"That's called a presidential race", Castro said in response to Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg's claim that debates were becoming unwatchable due to these types of attacks. New Jersey Senator and 2020 hopeful Corey Booker says people have a right to be concerned. But even beyond that, the candidates including Biden (though he still had his poor moments) and Kamala Harris (who somewhat fell apart in her closing statement) were generally sharper than they have been.

"As President of the United States, knowing the system from the inside, I will have the ability to be an effective leader and get this job complete", Harris said.

This debate marked not only the first time candidates shared one stage, but also the first time that Senators Warren and Sanders shared the same stage with Vice President Biden.

The switch of support comes days after Castro sharply criticized Biden - with an apparent jab at the former vice president's memory - in a contentious moment dubbed "personal" and "not cool" by other candidates, but Gonzalez said that debate moment was not the reason behind his decision. "And middle-class families are going to pay less", Warren said.

Castro is the first candidate to directly raise it.

Still, the spotlight shone most brightly on the top three candidates: They were the target of barbs.

While most agreed Biden had a good night, and avoided serious blunders, Breitbart's attack was far from alone. Kall said it makes sense that they would wait until the primary field narrows. Political analysts have been predicting that at some point Warren and Sanders, ideological soulmates, will have to begin drawing distinctions between each other. That time did not come Thursday.


In a high-octane clash with his fellow septuagenarians, the former vice president warned Sanders's plan to finance universal healthcare "gets him halfway there", while Warren has yet to indicate how hers will be paid for.

Having often been critical of Barack Obama's policies during the summer, they fell all over each other to praise the last Democratic president's many virtues. And it remains the most popular and important and pressing issue for American voters.

While voters said in a CNN poll that aggressive climate change action is a top priority, candidates only talked about climate change for seven minutes.

"Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?" the 44-year-old Castro mentioned to the 76-year-old Biden at one level, producing audible gasps within the viewers. "Why don't you?" Overall, however, he ended up as a marginal voice in the debate.

In the same interview, Sanders suggested President Trump approves of skyrocketing health insurance costs and said "thousands of people will literally die" if Trump "gets his way". Biden had some stumbles and outdated talking points, such as his references to record players, but maintains his lead as the front runner.

O'Rourke is still struggling to light the kinds of sparks that drew him acclaim in his 2018 Senate race against Republican senator Ted Cruz.

But majority continue to give the sense that they're waiting for one of the top three to falter.

Several major events are on the campaign schedule in coming weeks.

Joe Biden, however, Cillizza argued, had a terrific night, especially during the first 30 minutes, during which he gave the most concise, direct answers, free of any stumbling.

If not the comic relief of an intense debate, Andrew Yang stated at one time that he is "an Asian, so I know a lot of doctors", to which he received an uproar of laughter and applause from the crowd and some of the candidates on stage.

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