Tag: Debates (Political)

The Abortion Mysticism of Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., has made his Christian piety a minor theme of his presidential campaign — quoting Proverbs on the debate stage to critique Republican opposition to a minimum-wage increase, attacking conservative evangelicals over their “porn star presidency” and un-biblical approach to refugees, urging his party to court religious voters […]

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Age Isn’t Hurting 2020 Democratic Leaders, to Rivals’ Chagrin

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is 76 years old and prone to sometimes-rambling monologues with antiquated references. But if his age and missteps are supposed to be liabilities, they haven’t helped rivals who have tried to use them to their advantage. Julián Castro, the former housing secretary, was the latest to […]

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Biden Has Deep Connection to Black Voters. Will It Translate Into Votes?

BIRMINGHAM — At the Democratic primary debate last week, Joseph R. Biden Jr. prompted some distress within the party with a rambling, discordant answer to a question about the legacy of slavery, a moment that highlighted his unsteady instincts, and mixed record, on matters of race. Three days later, a heavily African-American crowd gave Mr. […]

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Revisiting Andrew Yang

ImageAndrew Yang beat out some more experienced politicians for a spot on Thursday night’s debate stage. Ruth Fremson/The New York TimesCreditRuth Fremson/The New York Times Early last year, Kevin Roose wrote an article about Andrew Yang’s entry into the 2020 presidential campaign. At the time, Yang’s candidacy was quixotic — he was not well known […]

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Biden and Warren Avoid Direct Conflict — But for How Long?

If Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Elizabeth Warren are headed for a showdown, neither of them appears in a hurry to get there. The two candidates have seemed to be on a collision course for much of the last few months: Mr. Biden as the Democratic front-runner and de facto leader of the party’s moderate […]

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14 Million Watched Democrats Debate in Houston

More than 14 million people tuned in Thursday for the clash of 10 presidential candidates in Houston on ABC News and Univision, the second-largest audience to date for a Democratic primary debate. Only the NBC News debate in June, which drew 18.1 million viewers on its second night, outranked it. And total viewership on Thursday […]

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The Times and CNN Will Host the Next Democratic Debate in Ohio

The New York Times and CNN will co-host the next Democratic debate near Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 15, with the possibility of a second round one night later depending on how many candidates meet the qualifying criteria. The Democratic National Committee announced Friday that the debate would be held in Westerville, Ohio, on the campus […]

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So Far, Trump Is Winning the Democratic Debates

Julián Castro framed the debate almost perfectly in his opening statement: The 2020 election will be won or lost in a handful of states, starting with Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and maybe a few others like Arizona, where I live. So the question for Democrats remains what it has been all along: Who can beat […]

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Marathon Democratic Debate Includes No Questions About Women’s Issues

In a nearly three-hour debate, the Democratic candidates clashed on health care policy differences, offered varying plans to combat the scourge of gun violence and even discussed whether Americans should switch to a vegan diet to help mitigate the effect of farming on climate change (short answer: no). But questions on issues like reproductive rights […]

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Ad Targeting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Draws a Backlash

The advertisement began with a photo of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bursting into flames, followed by a black-and-white image of skulls lined up on the ground. A Republican political action committee paid for the provocative advertisement, which aired during the Democratic primary debate on Thursday night. The televised commercial came weeks after the shooting in El […]

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Looking for California in the Democratic Debate?

ImageJulián Castro, far right, the former housing secretary, questioned Joe Biden during a fiery exchange early in the debate.CreditRuth Fremson/The New York Times Good morning. (If you don’t already get California Today delivered to your inbox, here’s the sign-up.) Ten candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination stood onstage in Houston on Thursday night and […]

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Stephen Colbert Plays a Democratic Debate Drinking Game

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. Top 10 Dems Take […]

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It Will Take More than Cheap Shots to Knock Off Biden

For months, they’ve been waiting for Joe Biden to collapse. Old Joe. Sputtering Joe. The Septuagenarian Slug. He’s That Seventies Show. The woke Democratic caucus waits for him to forget a name, or mistake his cellphone for the remote. Ditto the woke press. He mentioned “record player,” for God’s sake, answering a question about racism! […]

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Who Won the Debate? Experts Weigh In

Twitter can’t tell us whether, or how, Thursday’s debate might change voters’ minds. But it can give us the perspectives of some of the people with expertise on primary races: veteran campaign strategists and consultants from both parties. Here is a sampling of their reactions. Warren had consistently good reviews While there was no consensus […]

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Up, Up, Up With Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren didn’t have her best debate on Thursday night, nor was she the most poetic or passionate candidate on that overcrowded stage. Beto O’Rourke, describing the toll of gun violence, forged a moment more poignant than any of hers. Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker had better one-liners. Pete Buttigieg’s beautifully shaped final answer put […]

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Zingers, Groaners and a Trump Pile-On: ‘That’s Called the Democratic Primary’

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. jammed his finger skyward, eyes narrowing like his polling advantage, accusing the “socialist” to his right, Senator Bernie Sanders, and the “distinguished friend” to his left, Senator Elizabeth Warren, of hawking infeasible health care proposals loaded with dubious math. Mr. Sanders, raspier than usual but no gentler on […]

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As Democrats Debate, Trump Offers Alternative: A Rambling Speech

BALTIMORE — Moments after Democrats took the debate stage on Thursday night, President Trump delivered a rambling and disjointed 68-minute speech accusing the news media and the “radical left” of wanting to destroy America. “Whether you like me or not, it doesn’t matter,” Mr. Trump told an audience of Republican House lawmakers at a conference […]

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