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Candidates confront each other, key takeaways from third Democratic debate

MADISON (WKOW) — In the third Democratic Presidential debate candidates confronted each other from the start; trying to prove they can beat other Democrats, but especially President Trump.

A key moment was when Julian Castro, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary, accused former Vice President Joe Biden of forgetting what he said moments earlier. 

The disagreement was over a debate on “Medicare for All,” a measure Biden opposes. Castro attacked Biden’s plan, which requires people to opt in to receive health insurance, not automatically enroll people. Biden called that claim false.

“They do not have to buy in,” said Biden. 

Castro interrupted, calling out Biden’s memory.

“You just said two minutes ago they would have to buy in… are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?” said Castro.

Candidates also discussed topics of race, guns, immigration, trade and education. 

Each campaign is trying to talk-up their candidates’ performance as many have to keep raising large amounts of money to continue. Political analysts say part of that appeal to donors includes energizing the party’s base. 

That opportunity came when the topic of gun control came up with Beto O’Rourke taking the strongest stance, stating he would support the government taking away assault style weapons from gun owners. 

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” said O’Rourke. “If it’s a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield. If the high impact, high velocity when it hits your body, shreds everything inside.

The rest of the candidates were equally supportive of universal background checks and bans on high-capacity magazines.

One issue that was not brought up was the economy as voters in a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found 60% of voters are fearful of another recession.


Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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