Aug. 1 (Xinhua/GNA) - Ten more Democratic presidential hopefuls clashed over
health care on Wednesday, with heated exchanges on other topics during the
second night of the party's second round of primary debates in Detroit,
Harris, responding to former Vice President Joe Biden's criticism of her
recently-released health care plan, said Biden probably didn't read it.
She released a
"Medicare for All" plan on Monday after months of inconsistency on
the issue, clarifying that she does not support the total elimination of
private insurance plans, a step back from her previous stance akin to that of
Senator Bernie Sanders.
campaign later responded that Harris refused "to be straight with the
American middle class" on the hefty tax burden brought by her plan.
explained on the debate stage that her plan is responsive to American's needs,
considering that private "insurance companies have been jacking up the
prices for far too long."
down, telling potential voters to be cautious of a 10-year phase-in period
proposed by Harris' plan.
someone tells you -- you're going to get something good in ten years, you
should wonder why it takes ten years."
The two polling
frontrunners shared the stage with seven other contenders, including Senator
Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who challenged the two by saying they were
"at risk of losing the forest for the trees," when the Republicans
are chipping away at the Affordable Care Act enacted by former President Barack
night debate lasted over two and a half hours, during which candidates also
battled around topics including education, law enforcement, race, climate
change, trade, national security, the Russia investigation, and their
the current administration's immigration policy. "There's not a single
person on this stage if were president would ever separate a child from their
parents at the border," Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado said.
what his administration has done in the American people's name, they have
turned our border into a symbol of hostility."
Booker of New Jersey also weighed in on the administration's treatment of
undocumented immigrants, citing his visit to detention facilities.
children sleeping on pavement, people being put in cages, nursing mothers,
small children, this is not necessary," he said.
Donald Trump, who recently launched his 2020 re-election campaign, tweeted
after the Wednesday debate that "the people on the stage tonight, and
last, were not those that will either Make America Great Again or Keep America
Democratic hopefuls, including Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren of
Massachusetts, held a face-off a day earlier.
According to a
Quinnipiac University Poll released ahead of the Detroit debates, Biden was
favored by 34 percent of Democrats and independent voters nationwide, leading
the next three forerunners, namely Warren, Harris and Sanders, by a large
debates are scheduled to open September in Houston, Texas. As the Democratic
National Committee is raising the bar to qualify, a less crowded line-up is