Sanders, Warren clash with moderates over Medicare for All at debate

People stand outside the Fox Theatre ahead of the democratic debates in Detroit Michigan

People stand outside the Fox Theatre ahead of the democratic debates in Detroit Michigan

"Bernie is the comeback kid a little bit tonight".

The candidates are mounting a fight to differentiate themselves in a crowded field of Democrats hoping to take on current President Donald Trump in 2020.

The campaign's advertisement for President Doanld Trump, which ran on the night of the debate, focused on these style questions, where candidates had to take a distinctive stance on one side of an issue - often splitting the party or forcing some candidates to agree with more radical ideas.

Sanders took the stage Tuesday night for the first day of the two-night event in MI.

"I'm not going to support any plan that rips away quality health care from individuals", said Mr Bullock.

Going too far left on issues like health care wouldn't work, Hickenlooper said, quipping, "you might as well FedEx the election to Donald Trump".

Ryan asked whether Sanders could guarantee that benefits of Medicare-for-All for union members, who he said would lose their private health care, would be as good as the benefits that their representatives fought to negotiate.

"The legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression is alive and well in every aspect of the economy and the country today", said former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, adding that he supported the creation of a panel to examine reparations for the descendants of slaves.

The field of 10 candidates was split on the idea of implementing a strategy such as Vermont Sen.

Ronna McDaniel, the niece of the GOP's 2012 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was speaking to Fox News following a Democratic debate in Detroit. "Until we're ready to do that, it's just more of the same". "Their problems are here and now". Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. He rejected extreme positions, quoted scripture and abstained from calling out his opponents. Medicare for All would abandon the private insurance market in favor of a taxpayer-funded system that would cover all Americans.

Sanders and Warren are heading into the anticipated night as the two highest-polling candidates onstage.

"We need to say it like it is - it's bigger than Flint".

John Delaney, a former U.S. representative from Maryland who has hovered around 1 percent in national polls, compared Warren and Sanders to unsuccessful Democratic nominees of the past like Michael Dukakis and George McGovern, and criticized them for promising "free everything".

It was flawless for CNN producers to have Delaney aggressively take on the popular Sanders and Warren, but he ended up playing into their hands, forcing the conversation to topics which are their core strengths.

In contrast, progressives argued their policies would excite voters and allow them to draw a distinct contrast to Mr Trump. Or rather not selling: The "democratic socialist" from Vermont and the self-proclaimed capitalist from MA were unconditional in their assertion that health care is a human right and - in Sanders' words - "not a business".

Buttigieg called on his party to stop the infighting.

"We have set the debate threshold a long time ago, gave the candidates notice", Perez said. One Twitter user made a Friends reference, writing, "Tim Ryan telling Bernie not to yell about climate change is like Ross telling Rachel they were on a break".

"If we embrace a far-left agenda, they're going to say we're a bunch of insane socialists", he said. "So let's just stand up for the right policy and go out there and defend it", Buttigieg said to a round of applause.

Harris's takedown of Biden was the most talked-about moment of the debate.

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