Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Lexy Perez on June 27, 2019.
As the second Democratic debate of 2019 concluded Thursday in Miami, late-night hosts Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Fallon went live once again to offer their political and social commentary on the anticipated broadcast.
For the second night, hopeful candidates included Former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, California Senator Kamala Harris and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, California Representative Eric Swalwell, Marianne Williamson and entrepreneur Andrew Yang also took the stage to participate in the debate. …
On The Daily Show, which aired right after the debate, Noah described the second debate as a “fairly chill” event but one that still had some standout moments. …
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon also broadcasted a live show for the first time in lieu of the political event which he described as “Operation Destroy Joe Biden.” “Everyone went after Biden but with 10 people onstage it seemed less like a debate and more of a lightning round,” Fallon said.
Fallon also said that Harris had the “line of the night” with her “food fight” comment. “She was so good, Trump endorsed Biden so he wouldn’t have to face her.” The late-night host also addressed Biden and Sanders being among the oldest of the candidates. “I’m not saying those two are old but their podiums were the only ones with tennis balls at the bottom.” …
Democratic Rivals Attack Biden, with Harris Leading the Way on Race Issues
Rival Democratic presidential contenders pummeled former vice president Joe Biden with searing, emotional critiques Thursday at their first debate — denouncing his record on racial issues and calling on him to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders.
In one of the most dramatic moments of the campaign season, Biden found that his long-held stature as a beloved party leader offered him no respite at the center of a crowded debate stage, given his early domination of national polling in the race.
Senator Kamala Harris of California, who commanded the event at several points in the night, led the charge.
“I do not believe you are a racist. I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground,” Harris said. “But I also believe, and it’s personal . . . it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on segregation of race in this country.” …
Harris Attacks Biden’s Record on Race in Democratic Debate’s Key Moment
Reprinted from The Guardian by Lauren Gambino on June 28, 2019.
Ten more Democratic presidential candidates clashed in Miami on Thursday night over the best approach to remove Donald Trump from office in 2020, in a contentious debate featuring an explosive challenge from the California senator Kamala Harris on race that left former vice-president Joe Biden rattled.
On a stage divided along generational and ideological lines, the debate – the second over two days to accommodate the huge field of candidates vying for the Democratic nomination – saw Biden, who has dominated the early stages of the race, face off against the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders.
But the two veteran politicians were overshadowed by other strong performances, that highlighted policy rifts in the party, and posed the question of how aggressively the next president should push to transform the US economy, including on issues of healthcare and how much to tax the wealthiest Americans.
The most dramatic moment of the evening came in response to a question about race and policing, when Harris interjected, saying that she had a right to respond as the only black candidate on stage. The California senator and former prosecutor then directed her comments to Biden, denouncing his record on race. …
Who Won the Democratic Debate, Night 2? Experts Weigh In
Reprinted from The New York Times by Maggie Astor on June 28, 2019.
“When the candidates took the stage in Miami on Thursday for the second night of Democratic primary debates, former Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. and Senator Bernie Sanders were the stars,” writes Maggie Astor in The New York Times. “By the time they walked off, all eyes were on Senator Kamala Harris.
“Twitter is a bad gauge for public opinion, but a decent source for the assessments of professional observers, including some who know the stakes of debates best: veteran campaign strategists and consultants from both parties. Here is a sampling of responses from them, and from some activists and writers.
“From beginning to end, Harris dominated the debate, starting with a pithy applause line — ‘America does not want a food fight; they want to know how we are going to put food on the table,’ she said, as her rivals shouted over one another — and culminating with a deeply personal exchange in which she confronted Biden over his record on race and desegregation. …