Maybe it’s more of a circular firing squad.
That really would be ‘Keeping America First.”
The Democratic presidential debate Thursday night quickly turned personal, as candidates took turns hammering each other on their vulnerabilities.
Joe Biden’s memory, Elizabeth Warren’s expensive plans, and Bernie Sanders’s socialism all turned into political footballs over the course of the debate. Andrew Yang’s proposal in his opening statement to give 10 Americans $12,000 each drew laughs from his fellow Democrats. “It’s original, I’ll give you that,” Pete Buttigieg said with a smirk.
Biden went on the offensive against Warren early on, saying she “has not said how she would pay for [her health care plan].” To which, Yang responded, “Since when do any of us worry about paying for stuff? Joe you be ‘Yin‘ and I’ll keep being Yang.”
Buttigieg jumped on Warren and Sanders as well, saying Medicare for All “doesn’t trust the American people” to make their own decisions. Biden took a shot at Sanders’s socialist beliefs while bashing the Vermont senator’s health care plan. “For a socialist, you’ve got a lot more faith in corporate America than I do,” Biden said.
Castro took a veiled shot at Biden’s age, accusing him of forgetting that voters would have to buy into his health care plan. “Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?” Castro asked the 76-year-old former vice president. “Are you forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago?”
Biden shot back, “I’ll tell you one thing I haven’t forgotten; and that’s what happened the last time a country had someone with the last name of ‘Castro‘. The only time in my lifetime it turned out worse for a country was when they had a leader named ‘Hussein‘!”
This led Castro to query: “Is that ‘Saddam‘ or ‘Barack‘?”