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‣ The Most Disgruntled in the Spin Room: After night one, both Ryan and John Delaney told Edward-Isaac Dovere that they felt boxed out of speaking.
+ Runner-up: Tulsi Gabbard’s sister.
🗣WHO’S WHO? USEFUL READING FOR ROUND TWO
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Tonight’s debate features a lot of familiar faces: two of the longest-serving elected officials in the race—Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders—alongside Michael Bennet, Pete Buttigieg, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, John Hickenlooper, Eric Swalwell, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang.
‣ Michael Bennet, senator from Colorado: A recent cancer survivor, Bennet says his own health has got him thinking a lot about preventative care. He’s also behind one of the most unrealistic proposals of the Democratic primary.
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‣ Joe Biden, former vice president to President Barack Obama: The self-proclaimed Obama BFF has nevertheless not been endorsed by Obama (who has yet to endorse at all). Biden’s been mum on major issues and has a haunted legacy in Iraq. Here’s the definitive history of Biden’s involvement in the long war.
‣ Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana: Following a charmed rise early on in the campaign, remote-working Mayor Pete has struggled in recent weeks to respond to a crisis back home after a white South Bend police officer fatally shot a black man.
‣ Kirsten Gillibrand, senator from New York: She’s built her career pushing for women’s issues, and has made abortion rights a central issue of her campaign. But the 2020 slog seems to have proved tougher for her than she expected.
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‣ Kamala Harris, senator from California: She previously served as the attorney general of California (her current rhetoric doesn’t line up with her record), and has framed herself as a prosecutor who could clean up the corruption in the Trump administration. A Trump-Harris matchup might be truly riveting, but can she break through the primaries?
‣ John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado: During his time as governor, he expanded access to family planning and oversaw a free-birth-control program. He was also a geologist and owns a brewery! Neat!
‣ Bernie Sanders, senator from Vermont (independent): You know the self-avowed democratic socialist well from the 2016 primary against Hillary Clinton, during which, according to some, he pushed the party significantly to the left. Many policies embraced by candidates this cycle, such as Medicare for All, felt radical when Sanders proposed them four years ago.
‣ Eric Swalwell, representative from California: Swalwell has centered his campaign on the issue of gun control, proposing policies that would ban assault-style rifles and implement a rifle-buyback program.
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