On the Hill with Doug Christian
Capitol Hill – With one of two nights of democratic debates down, two takeaways are that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) of Massachusetts led the pack and that nobody attacked Joe Biden. As the lone top-contender last night, Warren stood out in the first half of the debate with an aggressive and passionate recap of her campaign themes, including income inequality, health-care, student loan debt, free college tuition and corporate malfeasance.
Warren’s pugilistic stand stood well with the audience, who applauded her aggressive progressiveness. Warren proclaimed, “What’s been missing is courage, courage in Washington to take on the giants. That’s part of the corruption in this system. It has been far too long that the monopolies have been making the campaign contributions, have been funding the super PACs, have been out there making sure that their influence is heard and felt in every single decision that gets made in Washington. I want to return government to the people, and that means calling out the names of the monopolists and saying I have the courage to go after them.”
While Warren was the clear leader of the pack, other notable performances came from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and former San Antonio Mayor and former HUD Secretary, Julián Castro. Castro noted the notorious photograph of the dead migrant father and daughter, Óscar Alberto Martínez and Angie Valeria, on the banks of the Rio Grande. Castro fumed, “Watching that image of Óscar and his daughter, Valeria, is heartbreaking. It should also piss us all off!”
The photo spoke volumes about President Donald Trump’s immigration policy. While he was rarely mentioned in the debate, he tweeted from Air Force One:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2019
Looking forward to tonight’s debate of ten Democrats, the four frontrunners to keep an eye on are former Vice President Joe Biden of Delaware, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) of Vermont, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) of California and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill