2020 Dem Primary Debate Boils Down to 10 Candidates: Here’s Where They Stand on 5 Key Issues

After a somewhat controversial process, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) released the list of candidates who qualified to participate in the third round of primary debates.

The qualified candidates include former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), mayor of South Bend, Ind., Pete Buttigieg, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Tex.), former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

This will be the first time all of the top-ranking candidates will share one debate stage, meaning everyone will be looking to set themselves apart as the clear choice to be the nominee to take on President Donald Trump.

With the moderates and progressives all on one stage, here are a few of the issues candidates may use to set themselves apart from the crowded field:

Medicare for All

As IJR previously explained, there are two main camps Democrats have chosen as the best path forward on health care. Sanders has been a champion to the leftwing of the party by pushing for the universal health care option Medicare for All. This policy would place all Americans under the Medicare system. The policy has two subgroups: those who wish to abolish private health care and those who just want Medicare to be a public option for all Americans. Sanders would abolish private insurance while candidates like Buttigieg and Harris plan to leave it as an option.

On the other side of the debate, candidates like Biden want to rebuild the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Some propose adding a public option to the plan, but it would be much narrower than those proposed by the Medicare for All proponents. This deal is also a fraction of the cost as Medicare for All has a sticker price of $32.6 trillion over ten years.

Green New Deal

Initially proposed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Green New Deal is a proposal that would mobilize the U.S. economy to combat climate change with an ultimate goal of becoming independent from fossil fuels. While all of the candidates support the goals of the Green New Deal, some have hesitated to fully support the proposal due to its $93 trillion price tag. Some have proposed cheaper alternatives for their climate strategy, as IJR previously reported.

Mandatory Gun Buybacks for Assault Weapons

Following the recent mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, gun violence prevention has been a top issue for the 2020 elections. While there are several ideas being floated around including Red Flag laws, gun license requirements, and universal background checks, one dividing issue for Democrats is whether to confiscate assault weapons. Most of the Democratic candidates are on board with reimplementing the 1994 assault weapons ban on gun manufacturing, but mandatory gun buybacks are a more controversial position.

Decriminalizing Border Crossings

President Trump’s immigration policy has been one of the most controversial parts of his presidency — specifically his “zero-tolerance” policy which required that those arrested at the border be detained during their immigration hearing. This resulted in some family separations, which have been widely condemned by 2020 Democrats. As a result of the arrests occurring at the border, some have suggested repealing the statute that classifies illegal border crossings as a criminal offense to switch it to a misdemeanor. Several 2020 Democrats favor decriminalization because it means that families will not be arrested — or separated — for illegally crossing the border. Other Democrats see it as a step too far. Many Republicans see it as an “open borders” policy.

Canceling Student Debt

In the U.S., students owe more than $1.5 trillion in student debt, a burden that could be negatively impacting the entire economy. While all of the 2020 Democrats have acknowledged that student loan debt is a problem, there are different ideas about how far the U.S. should go in reducing that burden. Sanders, for example, proposed eliminating student loan debt entirely. Others support small-scale changes, like refinancing options, instead of expensive student loan forgiveness plans.

The third round of the debates will take place on Sept. 12 in Houston. ABC and Univision will be hosting the debate with George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis, and Jorge Ramos moderating.

Responses

  1. You missed that all the Democrat candidates support tax-payer paid abortion until birth as “healthcare”-that is a “holocaust” of practicing “eugenics”upon the human race.

    1. Probably because that is another of the “alternative facts” the republicans are so fond of.

  2. Bottom line all these bozos and downright socialists have absolutely nothing to offer America or the American people.? . For those who are on the fence, come to California and see what the liberals, aka ‘dumbocraps’ have done to this one time clean, affordable and prosperous state that’s now on par with many third world countries, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose , Oakland and all the other big cities are CRAP HOLES, . And as for ‘camel’ faced kamala harris, Iv’e got her campaign slogan; i’m kamala harris, i’m from California and if you want America to be just like the golden state, I’d appreciate your vote and support. This my friends should sink her campaign like titanic sized iceberg. As for the rest of these bozos trying to outdo each other with pie in the sky promises and all the freebies, they must think the American people are stupid. Stay tuned kiddies the party’s just getting started. it’s like a soap opera but real and here in America and not some make believe place like Port Charles.

  3. Bottom line all these bozos and downright socialists have absolutely ? . For those who are on the fence, come to California and see what the liberals, aka ‘dumbocraps’ have done to this one time clean, affordable and prosperous state that’s now on par with many third world countries, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose , Oakland and all the other big cities are CRAP HOLES, . And as for ‘camel’ faced kamala harris, Iv’e got her campaign slogan; i’m kamala harris, i’m from California and if you want America to be just like the golden state, I’d appreciate your vote and support. This my friends should sink her campaign like titanic sized iceberg. As for the rest of these bozos trying to outdo each other with pie in the sky promises and all the freebies, they must think the American people are stupid ’cause there’s no ‘free lunch’,. Bottom line: someone down the road’s got to pay for it and that friends are the taxpayers, pure and simple. if you don’t understand this relatively simple concept, you weren’t paying attention in school. Stay tuned kiddies, the party’s just getting started. it’s like a soap opera but real and it’s here in America and not some imaginary place like Port Charles.

  4. *GC* reading comprehension your issue? You blamed James for down voting you……blah, blah, blah. My “fear” for you doesn’t exist. Do you live near Area 51 or could it be Roswell? Seems to be lots of conspiracies in your life.

    1. “*GC* reading comprehension your issue? You blamed James for down voting you” Cherl

      Of course I did, because he did. Man, you are confused. He knows how IJR works. He did it on purpose, to hide my post.

      Reading is not MY problem.

  5. “Complain to IJR not blame James” Cherl

    As usual, I gave you enough info to catch you.

    I did not accuse James of impersonating me. He is too smart for that. If you idiots hadn’t down voted my post so much, then you would have been able to see the message flow longer. That is all on you.

    However, I brought this to Alex’s attention, last week. That’s why we now have to deal with captchas and confirming our ID through email when logging in now. However, that wasn’t enough.

    Yes, someone is impersonating me and I found at least one other member being impersonated. Watch YOUR posts.

    Whoever is doing it actually has access to my account, even after I changed my password, which points to someone who has access to IJR’s servers. When I briefly deleted my avatar image, that also removed it from the impersonated post, so he used my actual account to post it.

    Don’t be confused by your fear of me. If it can happen to me, it could obviously happen to you.

  6. *Generally Confused*Your schtick is getting very old and tiresome. If you are that obtuse…. here it is. NO one cares what your opinion is because you don’t present it in an intelligent manner. I saw your ridiculous “impersonating “ post. Complain to IJR not blame James, for what you suppose, since they can’t seem to fix that issue. No one else has claimed impersonation. You sound like a child tattling to the teacher about an unsubstantiated issue.

  7. Democrats want to bring America down and love chaos. Then, they can’t point a finger at Republicans and make unrealistic promises that will never be kept. The MSM indoctrinates Americans into believing what ever the Democrats say. Lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats.

    1. You are confused.

      Substitute “corrupt politicians” for Democrats and you would be closer to the truth. Your mistake is in thinking in the partisan way of today. Both major parties are split into very distinct groups, but you lump them all together.

      Step back from the parties and look at them through a different pair of binoculars – ones that filter all but the light of corruption. There are corrupt politicians (dark, bad) and uncorrupt politicians (light, good). Use those binoculars to find the good politicians in 2020.

  8. Some people are just confusing.

    Take James, for example. I respond to someone impersonating me and create one post. Confused James comes along, sees this but responds to it anyway, even though HE KNOWS that that would hide my post exposing an impersonator.

    Thanks for your help causing even more confusion around IJR, James.

    1. Nothing you say is of any worth. You’re a Trump hater. The only confusion is that which you spew.

  9. Not a single one really cares about America and Americans. The policies they all hale are destructive to this country.

  10. Amazing. Just the first 2 most extreme options have a total pricetag of $126 trillion. Now I know we have all gone numb to the concept of numbers in the trillions. But that is more than the net worth of the entire United States. Yes, if we liquidated every asset in the entire U.S. at it’s current value, paid off all of our debts, we would still be $3 trillion short of paying that price tag.

  11. this article is unnecessary
    we know all the D-RAT proposals
    they are all ridiculous BS

  12. 8 Anti-American loons and 2 senile old men. Most have never worked an HONEST day in their lives. Some choice.

  13. More than half the graphics are unreadable. I mean, REALLY, how hard is this ?

  14. Democrats don’t seem to understand the meaning of the words “illegal”, criminal”, and “mentally ill” especially when it comes to guns. After all you can be criminal illegal who’s mentally ill and still buy a gun- or any combination of those 3 words can be used.
    The last 4 are there for comedic value as De Blasio could have replaced any one of them and noone would have known the difference. Maybe NYC would have as the sad case mayor would be out of the city.

    1. Notice that the Liberals/Democrats cry and boo hoo over the citizenship question on the Census, don’t want the ID requirement in voting, but are OK about it being part of the Form 4473 and buying a gun. Democrats just want to be able to cheat when it comes to elections (like with the Hillarrhoid). The citizenship question on the Form 4473 proves that illegals do NOT have the same rights as American citizens, despite what the Pelosi says.

  15. Trump wins in a landslide against any of these clowns. no worries
    The only thing that we had better watch is the voting count. Anyone with commonsense knows the dumbocrats are going to be cheating every which way they can. it’s there nature

      1. Why don’t you take the credit? It’s the only thing you’ve said recently which makes any sense whatsoever.

  16. I am looking forward to watching the debate. With fewer candidates this time we might get a better idea who has the views and platform to deserve the party’s support. As the election draws closer, Elizabeth Warren seems to be moving up. It would be interesting to eventually see “Pocohantus” face Trump in November.

  17. I think any one of these candidates should NOT be allowed into the White House. They have crackpot ideas and plans and offer nothing for the betterment of America or its citizens. The are all leftists except, of course, Bernie, who is an avowed Communist. Anything any of these candidates proposes amounts to strangulation of some sector of America and our economy and our country’s financial well-being. They all propose plans that incur massive debt and we are al,ready sinking into that cesspool and surely would never recover if any of these idiots were in the White House and especially if Democrats keep the House and regain the Senate. Democrats are really hurting for a viable, electable presidential candidate if they support any one of these because they are all really nutcases.

  18. It’s already been decided who the candidate is (just ask Bernie about 2016). Now the only thing left is to bring in the surprise VP, Michelle Obama. So, ask yourself who’s the most sellable team. That’s all this is about. Andrew Young? Never. Julián Castro? Never. Buttigieg, O’Rourke or Klobuchar? Never. Kamala Harris, only in her dreams. Sanders gets the first round because they stole from him last time. That leaves Warren and Biden. Which one will the left take with Obama thrown in- two women, or a repeat team of Biden-Obama. Maybe even Joe and Barak.

  19. ‘The change of the word does not alter the matter,’ as Thomas More wrote in “Utopia'” yet the Dumbocrats are espousing a false utopia for the masses.
    The Doomarats have left Terra Firma and are in orbit somewhere in the astral plane and their proposals would bring about the dissolution of the greatest government the world has ever known.
    That cannot be allowed.

  20. Medicare for all will be healthcare for none. All of these plans will destroy Medicare. The Green New deal has little to do with climate change and everything to do with socialism/communism.

  21. Will this be on Saturday Night Live, I don’t see it listed…….

  22. Why will any of this even be debated? It’s all just chicken feed economics to the Socialists: (1) $32.6 TRILLION flushed (a fraction of the cost) for a Government healthcare system only they can royally screw up (Re: Obamacare and Hillarycare) (2) $93 TRILLION flushed for the Green Nutty Deal designed to destroy capitalism and the economy (3) Gun buy-back plan which will do nothing to reduce crime – MORE UNTOLD TRILLIONS flushed (4) Open borders causing undetermined numbers of rapes, robberies, injuries and deaths by Illegal Aliens and (5) $1.5 TRILLION flushed to cancel the legal debts entered into by those wanting a college education; but no job.

    Which one of the Socialists will out-do his/her comrade to become the nominee for America’s Destroyer in Chief?

    1. James,
      If any of these gain the WH we’re screwed anyway. They will open the borders and grant voting rights, ensuring their power. They WILL pack the SC. Our monies will be their’s as will our 1st and 2nd amendment rights. (probably the entire Constitution will be revised or ignored.)

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