The Dems, they are debatin’

Democratic debate stage features front-runners for first time

Annah Aschbrenner

USA TODAY

Published 3:01 PM EDT Sep 13, 2019

Good morning, from the bags under my eyes, I’m Annah Aschbrenner. Grab a cup of coffee and let’s talk politics.

Is Texas a swing state? A lot of Democrats sure hope so. And Thursday night’s debate brought 10 presidential hopefuls to Houston to make the case they alone can deliver the Lone Star State for Democrats. 

The stage was lively from the start. Sen. Amy Klobuchar slammed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare For All plan.  Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro attacked former Vice President Joe Biden’s memory. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke said “Hell yes we’re going to take your AR-15.” And Sen. Kamala Harris compared President Donald Trump to the Wizard of Oz. 

But wait, there’s more! Andrew Yang made a joke about Asians and doctors, to mixed reviews. The gun debate was front and center. There were protesters. Health care once again got it’s moment in the spotlight, clocking roughly 40 minutes of debate time. And of course, the Trump team had some things to say.

What does it all mean? Our Susan Page has some thoughts. And don’t worry: we do it all again next month. 

They’re baaaaaaaack

After a 6-week vacation, Congress is back in session. Guns, trade, impeachment — the possibilities are endless on what they’ll address. Or maybe they won’t get anywhere. When it comes to guns, most Americans still don’t expect significant reform after another string of mass shootings this summer. But Republican lawmakers say they want to know where the president stands on the issue and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Democrats “are not going away.” And 150 CEOs made their voice clear: They want meaningful action on guns, like, yesterday. 

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Thanks for reading OnPolitics. Don’t eat too much at the tailgate this weekend. — Annah Aschbrenner


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