The debate barely started when Senator Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joseph Biden were attacked. Mrs. Harris was criticized for her health care plan and her record as attorney general in California. On the other hand, Mr. Biden was criticized for his record on crime, women’s rights, immigration, and so much more.
Mr. Biden Addressing Last Debate
The truth is that no one understood the risk of facing Mr. Biden as much as he did. When he greeted Mrs. Harris, he shook her hand and asked her to go easy on him. This was a reference to their June’s debate when Mrs. Harris cut him down.
Of course, she did not go easy on him. Almost every one of his rivals took turns attacking him. Jay Inslee criticized his climate change plan, Julián Castro addressed deportations, Cory Booker mentioned his criminal justice plans, and finally, Kirsten Gillibrand criticized gender issues.
Unlike the last debate, Mr. Biden was prepared, and he took counter-measures for each of the addressed issues. However, he wasn’t really fluent and kept cutting himself with interjections that didn’t really help him. Finally, he managed to mix the URL for the text message that sent voters on a goose chase.
Mr. Biden managed to highlight his association with former President Barack Obama and to highlight his brand of moderation that helped voters see him as the best option against President Trump. He also refused calls to decriminalize immigration or health care that is entirely provided by the government.
Kamala Harris Felt a Leading Candidate Pressure
Unlike in the previous debate, this time, Mrs. Harris was also a target. Last time she managed to surprise Mr. Biden, and this time, he returned the favor criticizing her attorney general record in California. But this wasn’t the only attack she received. She was also accused of taking the middle-ground in the whole health care situation.
Furthermore, she didn’t manage to stay calm and unsettled during the debate like Mr. Biden did. However, none of the opponents managed to strike the fatal blow.
Whatever happened during the second debate, one thing remains clear -— other candidates fear her and she might be one of the top contenders. While she didn’t really achieve any big moments, she remained to keep pace with Mr. Biden.
Mr. Booker, senator of New Jersey, exchanged one of the tensest arguments. The subject of these arguments were criminal justice reforms. Mr. Biden had a significant role in the 1994 bill regarding the crime that led to mass incarceration.
The New Jersey senator proved to be a skilled orator, and he learned from the previous debate between Mrs. Harris and Mr. Biden. While he took the same approach as Mrs. Harris did, it remains to be seen if his big moment will be enough for him to survive the campaign in the fall.
Gillibrand Also Had a Go at Biden
While Ms. Gillibrand started attacking Mr. Biden for being against women and even quoting him, it didn’t go as well as she had planned. She started a campaign in January believing that she’ll be one of the top contenders. However, now, there is a chance that this will be her last debate.
On the positive side, she delivered one of the three most talked about parts of the debate. She said that when she became the president, the first thing she would do was to Clorox the entire Oval Office.
Different Paths of Yang and Inslee
Andrew Yang used every opportunity he could to turn back to the issue that is his signature. He kept mentioning that further automation will be doom for millions of Americans and their jobs.
On the other hand, Jay Inslee mentioned his signature only once and only when he was asked about it. He failed to promote something that he said was one of the major issues — climate change.
This might be the primary reason why Mr. Yang managed to secure his position for the September and October debates, and why Mr. Inslee is still behind. It seems that one of these candidates will have a chance to discuss his signature issues further, while the other might not have the same opportunity.