US Democrats Quarrel in TV Debate on Health Insurance | TIME ONLINE


In a renewed TV debate Ten presidential hopefuls of the US Democrats have held a heated debate over hosting the upcoming election campaign against Donald Trump. The substantive differences between the leftist Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on the one hand and liberal candidates on the other side came to light.

“Spinelessness” in the liberal, “impossible promise” in the left wing

Sanders and Warren both argue that the party must, above all, turn economically to the left in order to become attractive enough for a victory. At the center of the substantive debate was the demand of the party left for a universal health insurance. “Health care is a human right, not a privilege,” Sanders said. The party must regain courage for change. “I get a bit tired of Democrats who are afraid of big ideas.” “Super-aggressive” action is also needed in the fight against climate change, said Sanders, who is very popular among young voters.

Elizabeth Warren has represented similar positions. Known as a Wall Street critic and a past advocate of stricter regulation of the financial sector, the senator announced she would act as president with corporations and lobbyists to improve the lives of US citizens , “We have a corrupt system that favors the wealthy,” Warren said. The politician, who is among the most promising contenders for the top candidate, campaigned with her negotiating experience and determination: “I know how to fight – and I know how to win,” Warren said.

For moderate candidates who were more in the midst of the electorate, Warren showed little understanding and called them “spineless.” “I do not understand why anyone bothers and bids as a presidential candidate to talk about what we really can not do and what we should not fight for,” the MP said Massachusetts, “Large, structural changes” of the economic system are necessary. Trump should not be met with a soft-flushed economic policy: whoever does, she said, get a system that has helped the rich and well networked and thrown “dirt in the faces of everyone else”.

More liberal candidates went to the two self-confident party left wing, who in most polls are behind favorite and ex-vice president Joe Biden, at a distance. They alleged that their proposals were to unsettle voters from the political center by radical positions and to drive them into Trump's camp. So, former MP John Delaney spoke of a “fairy tale economic policy” by Sanders and Warren. Both would make “impossible promises”, the free health care is an example. Especially independent voters would put it off.

Senator Amy Klobuchar attempted to position herself a little more centrally between the warehouses: she said she had “brave ideas” but stuck to the bottom of the facts. John Hickenlooper, ex-governor of Colorado, also criticized the radical policy approach of the two left-wing senators. The reform of the health care system called for “an evolution, not a revolution”. Governor Montana, Steve Bullock, accused Warren of making strategic mistakes: her proposal to decriminalize illegal border crossings would play into Trump's hands. The President already thrilled in his first electioneering successful fears of illegal immigration from Central and South America.

Unity in condemning Trump's racist remarks

In addition to the substantive differences in economic policy, the candidates agreed in their indignation over the racist statements of the President, who makes the affiliation with ethnic groups to the central theme of his election campaign. Trump would target racism, Sanders said. Other candidates spoke of memories of the darkest chapters in the country's history that would revive Trump's rhetoric. The legacy of slavery and the subsequent separation of blacks and whites is alive, said former Texan MP Beto O'Rourke. He had supported the establishment of a body that was to examine reparations payments for the descendants of slaves. Similarly expressed a co-favorite of the moderates, Pete Buttigieg. He promised to work for the reconciliation of blacks and whites. However, there is no quick patent solution. The disadvantages are present in all areas of life. “When a black man comes to the emergency room today, his complaints of pain are taken less seriously,” he said. Black people are also disadvantaged in the labor market.

In the second part of the second TV duel round meet on Wednesday evening, among other things, Joe Biden and the Californian Senator Kamala Harris on each other. In the first TV duel in late June, Harris was rhetorically superior to the former vice president. She confronted him with statements in which he had sympathetically commented on US senators who decades ago were advocates of racial segregation policy. Biden's popularity got a damper after that, also because he allowed the criticism to be quite speechless and had no meaningful answer.

The US presidential election 2020 will take place in November next year. Democrats and Republicans have been preparing for the vote for several months. In February 2020, Democratic primary elections will begin in the state of Iowa, where in the 2016 primaries, Liberal Hillary Clinton narrowly defeated Bernie Sanders. In July next year, it should finally be decided who will vote for the Democrats in the election campaign Donald Trump will draw. Many observers say the president has a good chance of winning the election.



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