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Biden parries attacks from rivals in fiery Democratic debate


September 13, 2019

Tamir Kalifa – New York Times

Candidates for the Democratic nomination for president take the stage for a debate at Texas Southern University in Houston on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. From left: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), the entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro.

HOUSTON - Joe Biden parried attack after attack from liberal rivals Thursday night on everything from health care to immigration in a debate that showcased profound ideological divides between the Democratic Party's moderate and progressive wings.

The prime-time debate also elevated several struggling candidates, giving them a chance to introduce themselves to millions of Americans who are just beginning to follow the race.


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