There was no shortage of clashes during Wednesday night’s second Democratic presidential debate — and apparently, President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign were enjoying it.
During Wednesday’s debate, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) suggested, “The person that’s enjoying this debate the most right now is Donald Trump, as we pit Democrats against each other,” adding, “while he is working right now to take away Americans’ health care.”
Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh responded that Booker’s statement about the president “enjoying” the debate “the most” was “true.”
“Fact Check: TRUE,” Murtaugh tweeted in response.
See Booker’s comment below:
When it came to immigration, health care, or their past stance on different issues, several 2020 Democrats went after one another during Wednesday’s debate.
Harris vs. Biden
This led to Harris referring to Biden as “senator” during the debate — Biden was a senator before his role as vice president. She brushed off being labeled “kid” in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper after the debate.
“I didn’t really think much about it to be honest with you,” Harris said. “We’re both on that stage running for president … so nobody’s going to define me on that stage.”
The two Democratic presidential candidates were at it multiple times during the debate, including when Biden took a swing at Harris’ health care plan, claiming it wouldn’t increase taxes on the middle-class or eliminate private health insurance. “You can’t beat President Trump with double-talk on this plan,” said Biden.
She then knocked him for being “simply inaccurate.”
Watch the exchange below:
— IJR (@TheIJR) August 1, 2019
Harris vs. Gabbard
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) clashed with Harris during the debate when the Hawaii representative took aim at Harris’ criminal justice record.
Harris had flipped on marijuana prosecution — which Gabbard pointed to a radio show interview where Harris said that she smoked marijuana in college and now wants to legalize marijuana at the federal level.
“Senator Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she’ll be a prosecutor president, but I’m deeply concerned about this record,” Gabbard said. “There are too many examples to cite, but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.”
Harris pushed back: “I did the work of significantly reforming the criminal justice system of a state of 40 million people, which became a national model for the work that needs to be done. And I am proud of that work.”
However, Harris didn’t seem too worried about Gabbard’s barb, as she told CNN after the debate that she’s a “top tier candidate” and Gabbard is “at zero, 1%, whatever she might be at.”
“I can only take what she says and her opinion so seriously,” she said. “I’m prepared to move on.”
Watch the video below:
Gabbard slams Harris's record as a prosecutor: "She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana." #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/L9mPxylRXp
— IJR (@TheIJR) August 1, 2019
Gillibrand vs. Biden
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) brought up an op-ed titled “Congress Is Subsidizing Deterioration of Family,” written by Biden in 1981, during the debate, as Gillibrand’s 2020 Communications Director posted a photo of it on Twitter.
Asked about equal pay and mothers joining the workforce during the debate, Gillibrand said:
“I want to address Vice President Biden directly. When the Senate was debating middle class affordability for child care, he wrote an op-ed. He voted against it, the only vote. He wrote an op-ed that he believed that women working outside the home would ‘create the deterioration of family.’ He also said that women who were working outside the home were ‘avoiding responsibility.'”
See the op-ed post below:
.@JoeBiden op-ed in 1981: Expanding the childcare tax credit and allowing more women to work would subsidize "the deterioration of the family."
Those are his words. He should explain to America: How does a mom working lead to the deterioration of the family? pic.twitter.com/RADnzTbofx
— Meredith Kelly (@meredithk27) August 1, 2019
“I guarantee you if you’re debating Donald Trump he’s not going to let you off the hook,” de Blasio said. Booker later said, “You can’t have it both ways. You invoke President Obama more than anybody in this campaign. You can’t do it when it’s convenient and dodge it when it’s not.”