Wednesday night of the second Democratic debate for 2020 elections not only witnessed intense debate but also a turnabout in the scenario of Sen. Kamala Harris and former vice-president Joe Biden.
The debate which comprised of Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet, Andrew Yang, Bill de Blasio, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris saw each candidate providing either one-liner or a compelling argument.
The second day of the Detroit debate witnessed Biden and Harris facing an intense criticism over their policies. Harris, Booker, Castro and Inslee slammed Biden on his records on desegregation busing, nonviolent drug criminals remaining behind bars, immigration and on climate change respectively.
Kamala Harris, who prevailed in the first debate, was subjected to criticism at several points during the second Democratic debate. While Rep. Tulsi Gabbard accused Harris of being a hypocrite, she also faced a hard time in debate between her Medicare-for-all plan versus Biden’s health care plan.
The debate was marred due to the protests at various points of the night including when New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former Vice-President came to stage. The protestors first came to the scene when Blasio took the stage and later when Sen. Booker began his speech.
Sen. Booker tried to seize the opportunity in his favor as he posted a message which said, “To the folks who were standing up to Mayor de Blasio a few minutes ago—good for you. That’s how change is made.”
Later in the second Democratic debate, Biden faced scrutiny when he began to answer the question related with the deportations made during the Obama administration. He was constantly heckled with the shouts of “3 million deportations”, referring to the deportations made during his term as the Vice President.
Only Biden and Booker stood out as the clear winners of the debate as they moved successfully past the constant scrutiny and protests. Even though Biden was faced with constant criticism and backlash, he seemed steady and prepared to deal with whatever came in his way, unlike the performance in the previous debate.
He was not only able to hold his ground successfully against Harris during an intense debate on health care plan but was also able to shift the debate from his record as legislator to her record as prosecutor.
On the other hand, Sen. Cory Booker turned his attention towards the issues concerning criminal justice. This not only helped him to stand out as winner but to showcase the difference between him and Biden.
Seeing the turnabout in the second Democratic debate, it can be said for certain that the next debate, which will take place on September 12 and possibly on September 13, will have higher stakes. While certain candidates have already qualified for the third debate, it will be interesting to see if the hopefuls are able to keep up their performance.