Democratic debates 2019 live updates: In Detroit, candidates spar in first night of second primary debates at CNN debate today – live updates

Democratic debates 2019 live updates: In Detroit, candidates spar in first night of second primary debates at CNN debate today – live updates


Round two of the Democratic presidential primary debates is set to get underway, with candidates facing off on back-to-back evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday on CNN.

Candidates will focus on using the precious few minutes of debate time they’ll have to make a lasting impression on the biggest audience some of them will see. After these debates, candidates will have to meet thresholds for donor figures and polling levels that are twice as high as they were for the first two debates.

Immigration and health care remain key issues that seem likely to come up, among other topics. “Medicare for All” may be discussed at greater length on Tuesday and Wednesday, since the candidates have some disagreements over how single-payer health care can be implemented.

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Kamala Harris, whose stance on single-payer health care has sometimes seemed to lack clarity, unveiled her plan this week. The field is still being divided between those who fully embrace single-payer health care, like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and those who either favor a slower phase-in or oppose a pure Medicare for All approach, like Joe Biden, who also recently introduced his health care plan.

Harris dominated the first debate with a pointed challenge to Biden on his civil rights record. The former vice president and Delaware senator was on the defensive for days afterward. This time around, he’s promising he won’t be quite so “overly polite” if he’s targeted on stage.

But Harris isn’t the only one who might be spoiling for a fight with Biden. Cory Booker, too, has been openly critical of Biden’s plans to revisit federal sentencing guidelines. “For a guy who helped to be an architect of mass incarceration, this is an inadequate solution,” Booker said.

Follow along for the key moments from the second Democratic primary debate. The second night of the debate will get underway Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET.

Watch CBSN for live coverage before, during and after the debate

Rules for the debate

5:06 p.m.: According to CNN, candidates will have 60 seconds to answer questions from the moderators and 30 seconds for rebuttals and responses. Candidates at the debate will deliver opening statements and closing remarks.

Second Democratic debate schedule

  • Dates: Tuesday, July 30 & Wednesday, July 31
  • Time: 8 to 10 p.m. ET
  • Location: Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan

How to watch the second 2020 Democratic debate

— Grace Segers

Grijalva, who backed Sanders in 2016, endorses Warren

4:18 p.m.: Elizabeth Warren unveiled a number of endorsements on Tuesday, including from Rep. Raúl Grijalva, the former chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Grijalva endorsed Bernie Sanders in 2016.

“I’ve worked closely with Elizabeth and have seen up close her passion for working people and those who’ve been left behind,” Grijalva said in a statement. “She is a bold, persistent, visionary leader who cares about working families — and because of this, she’s won my endorsement.”

Warren and Sanders, who have long been friendly, may be forced to come to blows during the debate on Tuesday night in an effort to differentiate their messages.

“Bernie and I have been friends for a long, long time,” Warren told Politico this week. She added that she “can’t imagine why it wouldn’t” continue to be a civil relationship on the debate stage.

Warren was also endorsed Tuesday by Rep. Deb Haaland, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress.

— Grace Segers

Whitmer: “People in Michigan don’t care about the president’s Twitter feed”

What are Michigan voters looking for at Detroit Democratic debate?

3:28 p.m.: In an interview with CBS News’ Caitlin Huey-Burns, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, said that candidates onstage should try to focus on “dinner table issues” instead of reacting to the president.

“People have been calling me to see advice about what’s happening in Michigan and what Michiganders want to hear. It really is about the dinner table issues,” Whitmer said. “These are the fundamentals that Michiganders want to hear and I suspect that’s what lots of Americans are interested in, in this debate and this week and also as this election matures.”

After President Trump narrowly won Michigan by 11,000 votes in 2016, Whitmer won the governorship in 2018. She said “reaching out to everyone” was necessary to win a swing state like Michigan.

“As a candidate, I went into all 83 counties in Michigan, and this is a huge state. But I did it because I think it’s critical to show up. When you show up and you actually listen, you can’t stray from the things that actually matter because you’re listening and you’re learning every day. Stay focused on the things that really matter,” Whitmer said.

“People in Michigan don’t care about the president’s Twitter feed. We care about feeding our families,” Whitmer continued.

— Emily Tillett

Sanders’ campaign manager talks debate strategy

Bernie Sanders campaign manager on Detroit debate strategy

2:59 p.m.: Faiz Shakir, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign manager, says his candidate is focused on portraying a “record of consistency” on the issues at Tuesday night’s debate.

Shakir, speaking to CBS News’ Caitlin Huey-Burns, says Sanders has been fighting for key issues like health care longer than any other candidate and has been a “model of steadiness.”

“If you want a candidate you can trust to do what they say they can do, it’s Bernie Sanders and we need to lean in on that,” said Shakir.

Asked if Sanders intended on sparring with his colleague in the Senate Elizabeth Warren to make for a blockbuster appearance on the debate stage, Shakir said that would be “unlikely.”

“They’ve been friends for a long time … They see these issues similarly,” Shakir said of the Warren-Sanders relationship. “They’ve been allies on the most important issues.” He said once the packed Democratic field narrows down, Sanders will go head-to-head on the issues.

— Emily Tillett

Delaney blasts Medicare for All plans as “bad politics”

2:13 p.m.: Ahead of Tuesday’s debate, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney slammed health care plans rolled out by some of his opponents including Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, saying a Medicare for All agenda is a “terrible plan.”

“Senator Sanders has a plan, Senator Warren has basically outsourced her health care plan to him as have many of the other candidates and it’s a terrible plan. It’s bad policy and will lose to Donald Trump if we run on it. So yes, I plan on making that point that medicare for all is bad policy and it’s bad politics,” Delaney told CBS News’ Caitlin Huey-Burns of his debate plans for Tuesday night.

Delaney said a Medicare for All agenda speaks to what a majority of the Democratic contenders’ campaigns consist of: “Impossible promises or slogans posing as policy.”

— Emily Tillett

Candidates will likely be asked about Trump’s racist attacks

2:00 p.m.: The ten candidates on stage will likely be asked about President Trump’s recent racist comments targeting lawmakers of color.

Earlier this month, the president received strong criticism from Democrats and a handful of Republicans for suggesting Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan should “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

This week, Mr. Trump again singled out a lawmaker of color, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, prompting critics to accuse him of sowing racial animus to galvanize segments of his electoral base ahead of the 2020 election. The president denounced Cummings as a “brutal bully” and called his predominately African American district a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”

Although nearly all Democrats have criticized Mr. Trump remarks, it will be noteworthy to see if any of the presidential hopefuls on stage will advocate for Democrats to concentrate on condemning the president’s policies rather than his controversial rhetoric — which some see as a distraction.

— Camilo Montoya-Galvez

Who’s on stage tonight?

Candidates will appear onstage from left to right

  • Marianne Williamson
  • Tim Ryan
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Beto O’Rourke
  • John Hickenlooper
  • John Delaney
  • Steve Bullock

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