Democratic debate: Candidates tackle many issues


National News

June 27, 2019 - 10:47 AM

From left, former housing secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) react during the first night of the Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday in Miami. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/TNS)

MIAMI — Ten Democratic White House hopefuls found broad consensus Wednesday night on a range of issues — guns, immigration, climate change — reserving the full measure of their contempt and their harshest put-downs for President Donald Trump.

There were a handful of clashes among contestants, who shared a stage at a fine arts center in downtown Miami for the first of two consecutive debate nights.

But their differences were largely on the margins or matters of degree — how far left should the party move, and how quickly — as the mostly friendly rivals used the question-and-answer format to paint small portraits of their candidacies.

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